a Southern Baptist Church, we are theologically aligned with the 2000 Baptist
Faith and Message.
You can see the full text of the Baptist Faith
and Message by clicking HERE.
do have places in the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message that we feel need
clarification or further explanation in order to accurately represent our
church’s particular beliefs. Those areas needing further explanation are listed
below. They are designated by their section in the 2000 Baptist Faith and
Section II. God
We believe the
statement, “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” is not
the best wording that describes the relationship between people’s choices and
God’s sovereignty. We would emphasize that people have real and valid choices
that have real consequences, and that they are responsible for those choices.
We would also emphasize that all those actions of people fall under the
sovereignty of God. Thus we believe using the term “free creatures” may not be
the best way to express mankind’s position under God’s sovereignty.
Section V. God's Purpose of Grace
We believe the definition of election as, “Election is the gracious purpose of God,
according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies
sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the
means in connection with the end” does not give a clear understanding of
our belief of the Biblical definition of election. We believe that election is the act of God whereby in
eternity past He chose those who will be saved. Election is unconditional, because it does
not depend on anything outside of God, such as good works or foreseen
faith (Romans 9:16). While we hold to
this view of election, we do not deny scriptures that present the idea that
God’s offer of salvation is genuinely and freely offered to all. We realize
election and an offer of salvation to all may seem contradictory, but we do not
want to deny either truth taught in scripture.
Section VI. The Church
We believe the statement, “Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through
democratic processes” should be clarified to emphasize that the democratic
process is only democratic in the sense that we are corporately and prayerfully
seeking God’s direction, and should not be implied to mean that our church is
led by a democratic process where the majority of the human opinion of the
congregation is followed.
Statement of Biblical Doctrine and Distinctives
These beliefs and distinctives captures our
convictions on a broader range of areas including those that are debated even
among Southern Baptist, Bible-believing, gospel-centered churches. Though
agreement with these distinctives isn’t necessary for membership, we will
preach, teach and counsel based on these beliefs.
these statements will be an ongoing process as the church walks through the
teachings of Scripture.