Condensed and edited from the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to
man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for
its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is
totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and
therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world the true center of Christian union,
and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions
should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine
There is one and only one living and true God. God reveals Himself to us as Father,
Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature,
essence, or being.
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the
flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is
Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
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. He lived a perfect human existence free
of sin. In His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption
of men from sin.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of
sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He enlightens and empowers the believer and
the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Man is the special creation of God, in His own image. He created them male and female
as the crowning work of His creation. By his free choice man sinned against God and
brought sin into the human race. The sacredness of human personality is evident in
that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every
person of every race possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who
submit to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal
redemption for the believer. Salvation happens in a moment, continues throughout the
life of the Christian in the process of sanctification (becoming holy and growing in
righteousness), and will ultimately be completed in the gift of perfect, resurrected bodies
in the Christian’s eternal existence with God.
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation
of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel,
observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts,
rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to
the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ and
each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are
pastors and deacons.
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience
symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's
death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in
Christ Jesus. The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members
memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus
Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations and to seek constantly to win the lost
to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in
harmony with the gospel of Christ.
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end.
Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly. The dead will be raised, and Christ will
judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell. The
righteous will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we
owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual responsibility to the whole world, a holy
trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are
therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material
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. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His 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.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.
Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to
teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent
lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children
are to honor and obey their parents.