14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. II Timothy 3:14-17
The Bible is totally true and trustworthy having God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.
1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. I Peter 1:1-2
There is one and only one living God. God is infinite in holiness, all powerful, all knowing and to whom we owe the highest love, honor and obedience. 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.
23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
Men and women are the special creation of God, in His own image. All men and women have sinned and only by the grace of God can they be brought into a right relationship with God. Salvation involves the redemption of the whole person, 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.
9Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth! Psalm 96:9
God and God alone is worthy of our worship. To worship Him is to honor Him with extravagant love and extreme submission. True worship is a matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of holiness. Corporate worship, among a body of believers, should involve the natural overflow of the individual’s personal life of worship into the public activity of worship, which must be God-centered, Christ-exalting and Holy Spirit-empowered.
9Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread, 12and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Matthew 6:9-13
One of the primary ways God allows his people to interact with Him is through prayer. Prayer, which is personal communication from us to God, not only helps us know about God but also helps us truly know God. Through prayer we can communicate our requests to God, confess our sins to God, and give adoration, praise, and thanksgiving to God. (primarily taken from Christian Beliefs by Wayne A. Grudem, pg. 48)
1Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, 2to the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: 3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I Cor. 1:1-3
In the Bible, the Church is both an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers and also the Body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. A local church is made up of believers, associated by covenant in faith, committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and committed to one another for the purpose of making disciples.
20I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. Galatians 2:20-21
Making disciples requires the process of discipleship. A disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ who, beginning at the moment of regeneration (the new birth) is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him or her. The growth in grace should continue through the person’s life.
8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Making disciples requires evangelism. Evangelism is the concerted effort in the power of the Holy Spirit to confront unbelievers with the truth about Jesus Christ and the claims of our Lord with a view to leading unbelievers into repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and, thus, into the fellowship of His church so they may grow in the Spirit. (definition by Lewis Drummond – Evangelism Handbook, pg. 29)
19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. I Corinthians 6:19-20
God is the source of all blessings, physical and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual responsibility to the whole world, a holy expectation in proclaiming the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions.
26Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:26-28
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 covenant commitment for a lifetime. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values based on biblical truth while also demonstrating to their children God's pattern for marriage.
For a more in depth look at our general beliefs refer to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 at www.sbc.net/bfm2000