That the Southern Baptist Faith and Message as revised in 2000 is an accurate reflection of the core beliefs of our fellowship.
That Jesus Christ is the only Begotten Son of God, fully man and fully God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, died on the Cross, physically rose again the 3rd day, dwelt among man and the Apostles, ascended to heaven and is returning again physically to earth to establish His Kingdom.
That salvation is by grace through faith and is not contingent on any work of man. Further we believe that Salvation is available to all who believe on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We reject without apology the concept that there are many ways to God or that salvation is available through any other way that Jesus Christ.
That the eternal security of the believer is assured by Scripture. Salvation is not contingent on the works of man, neither is the security of the believer. Salvation is secure because of the work of God in the heart of the believer.
The Holy Spirit is given to each believer at the time of their salvation. The Holy Spirit leads, guides, convicts and prays for the believer. We believe the power of the Holy Spirit is without bounds or limits. However we do believe that work of the Holy Spirit is transformational within the heart of the believer and as such we do not accept the speaking in tongues or other charismatic gifts as being indicative of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
That Jesus Christ established two ordinances for the church. These are baptism and The Lord’s Supper. Both of these ordinances are symbolic and have no power to save or confer grace in themselves. Baptism is done after one has accepted Christ as a public testimony of their faith and the only Scriptural mode of baptism is by immersion. The Lord’s Supper is a remembrance of Jesus Christ’s suffering for our sins on the Cross of Calvary and is to be participated in by those who have accepted Christ as Saviour and have made a public profession of faith through baptism by immersion.
That Jesus Christ will come again for His Church in what is known as the rapture. This will occur before the period of time the Bible refers to as the Tribulation. At the conclusion of the 7 years of Tribulation, Christ will physically return to earth, vanquish those who stood in opposition to Him and rule from Jerusalem for 1000 years. At the conclusion of this period known as the Millenial Reign, those who have not accepted Christ as Saviour will be judged and spend an eternity in a literal hell. The old heaven and earth will be destroyed and a new heaven and earth will be created. Those who have accepted Christ as Saviour will live with Him for eternity.