We believe in one God who we know in three persons: Creator, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that God enters into human history in the person of Jesus Christ, God with us, to liberate humanity from sin and oppression.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Sustainer of life and Guide in all truth.
We believe that the Holy Scriptures, being the Word of God, constitute the supreme authority in all matters of faith and life.
We believe in the priesthood of all believers. This means that every believer has the privilege of personal and direct access to God. They are not dependent on the intervention of any other person or institution.
We believe that there are only two Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper or Communion. They are Sacraments because Jesus instituted and practiced them as means of His grace to the participant.
We believe in the Sacrament of Baptism (immersion) of believers based on a personal confession of faith in Jesus Christ.
We also believe in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. This Sacrament is a means of the believer uniting with Christ through faith, receiving liberation from sin, oppression, and death, and bearing witness to Jesus’ resurrection, reign, and return.
We believe in the autonomy of the local church. Baptists believe that a church should have the right to choose its own pastor, leaders, and manage its own affairs. We have state and national organizations, but these bodies are agencies of the local churches. Although Baptist churches retain their autonomy, they are held together by devotion to a common task, embodied in the Great Commission. Additionally, Baptists value cooperating with other Baptist churches, and also with churches of other denominations with similar objectives.
We believe in the separation of church and state. From the inception of their history, Baptists have resisted whenever the state has attempted to control the consciences of men and women; and, conversely, Baptists have insisted that no religious group has the right to receive special favors from the state.
We believe in religious freedom. Baptists hold to the tenet that all people should have the right to worship God in light of their own understandings and convictions (freedom of conscience) according to God’s will revealed in Jesus Christ.