What We Believe

The Bible: Divinely inspired record of God's revelation of Himself to man; the perfect treasure of Divine Instruction.
GOD: There is one living and true God, being Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. He reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Jesus Christ: Eternal, incarnate Son of God conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He took upon Himself the demands of human nature, identifying Himself with mankind yet without sin. He died on the cross providing redemption of men from their sin. He arose from the dead with a glorified body, appeared unto men, and ascended into heaven where He sits on the right hand of the Father as mediator between God and man.
Holy Spirit: As the third member of the Godhead, He inspired holy men of God to write the scriptures. He enables men to know the Truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior. He cultivates christian character and bestows spiritual gifts. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption.
Man: Man was created, by the special act of God, in His own image (and). He created them male and female as (is) the crowning act of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation. In the beginning (M) man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with the freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the commandment of God and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image and that Christ died for man; therefore, every man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and christian love.
Salvation: Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
The Future: God, in His own time and in His own way will bring the world to its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return personally and in glory to judge all men in righteousness.
The Family: God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and the Church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
- (Based on) Excerpts from the 1963 and 2000 Baptist Faith and Message