The Bible is the Word of God in which He reveals Himself and His ways. The Bible is inerrant – it makes good on its claims; and sufficient – which means it speaks to all of human life such that we should ask in any and every situation, “What does the Bible say about that?”
We worship God as He is revealed in the Bible. God is infinite, all-knowing, all-powerful, ever-existing Creator and Ruler. He is perfect, just, and loving. There is one God. He reveals Himself eternally as three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
All people are sinners by inherited nature AND choice. Sin is rebellion against God, which separates people from friendship with God. Sin is the cause of all human suffering.
the gospel (the good news)
Because God is holy (meaning set apart), He has separated Himself from sinners. Because He is love, He made a way to restore friendship with sinners. Only those who trust Christ can know God personally, and be saved from the final results of sin which are judgement and eternal separation from God.
God sent The Son into the human race as Jesus Christ. He was fully divine and fully human, and sinless. God sent Jesus to die as the necessary and perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world. Jesus was raised from the dead and rejoined His Father in heaven. His suffering and death made possible the forgiveness of our sins.
A Christian is a person who has been restored to friendship with God by trusting Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift from God that we cannot earn. We are saved by God's grace which is His unmerited forgiveness and love. A person needs only to believe and receive Jesus Christ as Savior AND Lord, when convicted of sin and drawn into faith by the Holy Spirit.
A Christian is saved from spiritual death, forgiven, acquitted, and born again. A Christian has eternal life with God and will never be separated from God. By God's grace we grow through fellowship, Bible study, prayer, worship, service, and ultimately the work of the Holy Spirit.
Baptism and the lord's supper
Baptism and the Lord's Supper are symbolic acts of obedience to Jesus Christ. Baptism is being immersed in the water as a sign of a Christian's forgiveness and new life in Christ. The Lord's Supper is eating the bread and drinking the cup as a reminder of Christ's suffering and death for us.
The Church, with a capital C, is made up of all Christians. The church, with a lowercase C, is a group of Christians who regularly gather in Christ's name to affirm and oversee one another's membership in Jesus Christ and His kingdom through gospel preaching and gospel ordinances as we unite to grow in Christ and make disciples for Him.
The elders are the spiritual leaders of the church and the deacons are servant-helpers. However, the members govern the church under the lordship and rule of Christ
The Lord will return for His children. The enemy of the church, Satan, and other rebellious angels will be judged along with the entire human race. Those who trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord will be united with Christ, and He will rule as victorious King forever!
For more information, read The Baptist Faith and Message
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