ARTICLE III. STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God, without error, the only sufficient authority in matters of faith, doctrine, and Christian living.
We believe in one God, the maker, preserver and ruler of all things whose perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future. He is eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
3. Jesus Christ
We believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ, and that He is true God and man. He perfectly revealed and did the will of God. He died on the cross for our sins. He rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father and is now our High Priest and Advocate.
4. Fall of Man
We believe that God originally created man in His own image and free from sin, but, man, by his free choice; sinned against God, brought sin into the world, inherited a sinful nature, and is under condemnation as transgressors.
We believe that eternal salvation is the free gift of God’s grace, entirely apart from man’s works, and is possessed by any and all who have faith in and call on Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
6. Sufficiency of Grace
We believe that all true believers whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace. They shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
7. The Church
We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the church, which is composed of all true believers. They are committed to His teachings and exercise the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word.
8. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that baptism is by immersion and the Lord’s Supper is a memorial to Jesus Christ’s suffering and death on the cross. These are ordinances to be observed by the church in its present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means for man’s salvation.
9. The Last Things
We believe God will bring the world to its appropriate end and Jesus Christ will personally return in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will go into everlasting punishment, the righteous into everlasting life.
10. Additional References
For a more detailed description of our statement of faith with Scriptures references, we also affirm “The Baptist Faith and Message” adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000. This may be viewed at www.sbc.net.