The Holy Bible was written by men who were divinely inspired by God. It is God’s revelation of Himself to man. The Bible has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.
There is one and only one living and true God. God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. God is eternal, ever present, all knowing, and all powerful. God is one God who reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, taught us how to get right with God and our fellow man, died on the cross for our sins, arose from the dead, appeared to over 500 eyewitnesses after his resurrection, and ascended back into heaven where he awaits his second coming.
We are saved by God’s grace through our faith in Jesus Christ. We receive eternal life with God in heaven when we come to Christ in faith (believing that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross for our sins and who arose from the dead) and when we come to Christ in repentance of our sin (asking Christ to forgive us of our sins and turning away from our sins and turning to God).
The true believer is safe and secure in his salvation for all eternity because God is the One who gives eternal life through Christ to every genuine believer. Our salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God and not by any self-effort on our part. So, if you have been genuinely saved, you cannot lose your salvation.
A New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers who worship God, promote the gospel, observe the two ordinances of the church (baptism and the Lord’s Supper), fellowship together, minister to those in need, and engage in evangelism and missions.
For a more detailed study of our beliefs as Southern Baptists, please refer to “The Baptist Faith and Message” statements of 1963 and 2000.