The Bible is the word of God communicated to us through the writings of men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. It contains truth without any mixture of error and speaks to all of human life such that we should ask in any and every situation, “What does the Bible say about that?”
There is one and only one living and true God. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. He reveals Himself eternally as three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God has created every person, male and female, in His image. As a result, every person from the womb to the tomb, is deserving of dignity and respect. Furthermore, men and women are of equal worth and are not interchangeable but are designed by God to complement one another. Gender is not a social construct but a gift from God.
Sin is any disobedience to God. All people are sinners by inherited nature and choice. Sin separates us from God and is the cause of all human suffering. The penalty of sin is death.
Salvation is a work of God’s grace, freely offered to all who put their faith in God the Son, Jesus Christ, as Lord. Salvation is only available through Jesus because He took on human flesh and lived a perfect life without sin.
Jesus suffered on the cross and died in the place of sinners to pay the penalty of sin. Jesus was buried, but on the third day, Jesus rose in victory over sin, death, and the devil.
Jesus now lives, enthroned in heaven, offering through the Holy Spirit forgiveness of sin, eternal life, and adoption as the children of God to all who would turn from sin and put their trust not in who they are and what they have done but in who Jesus is and what Jesus has done.
A church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, who are governed by the Bible and work to take the good news of salvation in Jesus to the ends of the earth. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors or elders and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor or elder is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
For more information, read The Baptist Faith & Message 2000
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