We are a Biblical People, we affirm the historical Baptist confession that “the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is our sole authority for faith and practice.” All decisions, actions, teachings and lifestyles must conform to the Truth of God found in the Holy Scriptures. We affirm the centrality of Scripture in our lives; pursue the study of God’s inspired Word as a mandate for faith and practice; and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit for the understanding of Scripture, while respecting the common interpretation of Scripture within the community of believers. Who submit to the teaching of Scripture that God's design for sexual intimacy places it within the context of marriage between one man and one woman, and acknowledge that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Biblical teaching.
We are a Caring People, we care for the needy, the weak, and the oppressed; care for the earth and for all its creatures.
We are a Confessing People, Baptists have periodically constructed Confessions of Faith, to more clearly outline the faith position of a particular people at a specific time. Baptists have no formal creeds and require no adherence to a particular faith statement except that found in Scripture. The below 'linked' New Hampshire Confession of Faith was written and adopted by the Board of the Baptist Convention of New Hampshire on January 15, 1833 and recommended for adoption to the churches in New Hampshire. Through its publication in church manuals, this confession became the most widely disseminated confessional declaration of Baptists in America. It has been reasserted or adopted by several groups in the Twentieth Century, most recently (with some revisions) by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1925. It was also the doctrinal statement adopted by the newly formed General Association of Regular Baptists in 1933. Taken from Lumpkin, Baptist Confessions of Faith, pp. 361-367. The material enclosed in brackets is text added by J. Newton Brown in 1853.
We are a Contemporary People, we have a remembrance for the past and a vision for the future; are committed to religious liberty and to the separation of church and state; call our present world to make Jesus Christ Lord of all life; and trust the Holy Spirit for insight and power to live in the present age.
We are an Interdependent People, we affirm the Church’s unity as given in Jesus Christ; gladly embody in our practice the ministry of the whole people of God; recognize God’s gifts for ministry and honor all offices of pastoral ministry; live and work together "in association"; and bring the free church tradition to cooperative and ecumenical Christianity. We passionately celebrate our churches. We exist as a denomination to serve those nearly 5,800 congregations, to provide them with resources that enable them to minister effectively. Generation after generation of believers has seen the local church as a tremendous source of immeasurable spiritual strength: preaching that inspires, education that enlightens, worship that draws one closer to God, and fellowship that encourages respect and service. The church at its best is an exemplary community of faith, a home for individuals to express, and mature in, their relationship to God and to one another.
We are a Jesus People, we believe that God has called us forth to such an hour as this; that we live with a realizable hope; that all things are held together in Christ; that all creation will find its ultimate fulfillment in God; that we shall see the One whose we are; and that Jesus shall reign for ever and ever.
We are a Mission People, we strive to fulfill the Great Commission to make disciples; invite persons to receive salvation and follow Christ; engage in educational, social, and health ministries; seek justice for all persons; and provide prayer and financial support to sustain a worldwide mission outreach.
We are a Redeemed People, we claim a personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ; follow the Lord in believer’s baptism; gather as a believer’s church; share in the meal of the kingdom known as the Lord’s Supper; honor the priesthood of all believers; and live our faith as visible saints.
We are a Worshiping People, we gather regularly to praise God; receive nourishment by communion with the Risen Christ; share an open and public confession of faith; and believe that personal devotion brings vitality to corporate celebration. As an Inclusive People, we recognize God has gifted us by a variety of backgrounds, find unity in diversity and diversity in unity; embrace a pluralism of race, ethnicity, and gender; and acknowledge that there are individual differences of conviction and theology.
BAPTIST CONFESSIONS OF FAITH:
- Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689
- London Baptist Confession of Faith, 1689
- Philadelphia Baptist Confession of Faith, 1742
- New Hampshire Confession of Faith, 1833
BAPTIST CATECHISM: Baptist Catechism, 1689
CHURCH COVENANT: Church Covenant
POLICY STATEMENTS & RESOLUTIONS