• God
    • We believe in the Doctrine of the Trinity, that God exists eternally as Three Distinct Persons of One Divine Substance, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
  • Man
    • We believe that man was created by God, the only creature created in God's Image (Imago Dei)
    • We believe that He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation.
  • Sin
    • We believe in original sin, meaning that Adam and Eve sinned against God, and by this, sin was introduced into the world
    • In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with 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 command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin
  • Salvation
    • We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, and upon belief and acceptance of Christ as Lord and Savior, we are justified by God, trading our depravity and sin for the righteousness of Jesus Christ
    • 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.
    • Salvation comes in the form of
      • Justification, whereby we are "are saved".  By Christ's sacrifice on the Cross, our sins are cleansed entirely and we are saved from eternal punishment in Hell.  Not only are we viewed by God as spotless and without sin, but Christ also exchanged our sin for His righteousness
      • Sanctification, whereby we "are being saved".  Thus, we are made more like Christ by the Holy Spirit each day as we live our lives here on Earth for the Glory of God
      • Glorification, whereby we "will be saved."  One day, after we have died and left our own earthly bodies that are full of sinful desires and the corruption of sin, we will be given new bodies, free from sin to dwell with God in person
  • Grace
    • It is by grace alone through faith that we are saved
    • God chose us before we chose Him, and that by accepting His grace, we are saved
  • Baptism
    • We believe that baptism is the physical and public symbol of what God has done for us
    • Baptism is performed only on believers, and is done by immersion
    • Immersion represents how Christ killed our old selves and has raised us to new life in Him
  • The Lord's Supper (Communion)
    • We believe that the Lord's Supper (also called Communion or the Eucharist in some traditions) is a symbol whereby we memorialize the Lord's death until He returns

 

Although the churches of the SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) are autonomous, and thus have some differences in theological positions, many of our positions can be explained more thoroughly, with references to Scripture at the SBC's Baptist Faith and Message ( http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/default.asp )