“We exist to exalt Jesus by demonstrating His love
and telling His story to our neighbors and the nations.”
(1 Cor. 15:3-4; Luke 24:44-49)
God. God is the creator and ruler of the universe. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are distinct in personal attributes, but one in nature.
Genesis1:1 // Genesis 3:22 // Exodus 3:14 // Deuteronomy 6:4 // Psalm 90:2 // Matthew 28:19 // 1 Peter 1:2
God the Father. God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and human history according to the purposes of His glory and His
grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in
truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is
fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
Exodus 6:2-3 // 1 Chronicles 29:10-12 // Isaiah 64:8 // Matthew 7:11 //
John14:6-13 // Romans 8:14-15 // 1 Corinthians 8:6 // Ephesians 4:6
God the Son. Jesus is the eternal Son of God. He is equal with the Father and the Spirit. In His incarnation He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, therefore His is both fully God and fully man. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23 // Isaiah 9:6-7 // John 1:1-5 // 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 // Romans
1:3-4 // Acts 1:9-11 // Colossians 1:15-20 // Hebrews 4:14-16 // Titus 2:11-14
God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their sin and their need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit works in the life of all believers by convicting us of sin, enlightening us of truth, and guiding us in obedience.
2 Corinthians 3:17 // John 16:7-13 // John 14:16-17 // Acts 1:8 // 1 Corinthians 3:16 // Ephesians 1:13-14 //Galatians 5:25
Humanity. Humanity is made in the image of God and designed to be like Him in character. God created both male and female as the supreme object and crowning achievement of His creation. Although humanity has tremendous potential for good, humanity is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates humanity from God.
Genesis 1:27 // Psalm 8:3-6 // Isaiah 53:6; 59:1-2 // Romans 3:32
Salvation. Salvation is a gift from God to humanity. Humanity can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from the penalty of sin. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; 5:1 // Ephesians 2:8-9 // John 14:6; 1:12 // Titus 3:5 // Galatians 3:26
The Bible. The Bible is God’s Word, His revelation of Himself, to all men. It was written by human authors inspired by God and under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1:13 // 2 Peter 1:20-21 // Psalm 119:105, 160 // Proverbs 30:5
This statement is adapted from the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. We do affirm the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 (http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp) in its entirety.