The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message
By our nature, we are a confessional congregation, meaning that members do not have to adhere to a particular creed to worship with us. Instead, we point to the Baptist Faith and Message (2000 revision) as a document that expresses what most Southern Baptists generally believe. In general, we adhere to and teach doctrine consistent with this document.
Some of the main points are summarized below:
- The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It is the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.
- There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
- Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. His substitutionary death on the cross made provision for the redemption of men from sin.
- There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.