What We Believe
About the Bible
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, the Bible is trustworthy. The Bible is the standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.
There is only one God who reveals himself eternally in three distinct persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are one in essence and nature.
Man is the special creation of God, in His own image. By free choice every person became sinful and separated from God. Apart from the grace of God every person deserves death and hell. Only Jesus can make a person's relationship with God right enabling him or her to fulfil the creative purpose of God.
Salvation is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by his own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. This is a work of God's grace through which Christ followers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. Each person, for his or her part, responds in repentance toward God and by placing their faith in Jesus. Repentance is genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is commitment of one's entire personality to Jesus as Lord and Savior.
About the Church
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated for worship, service and the spread of the Gospel to the whole world. Jesus instituted two ordinances commemorating His death, resurrection and life changing work in every person, baptism and communion. The New Testament also speaks of the church as the Body of Christ, which includes all of the saved of all the ages, believers from every tribe, speaking of every language, from every ethnicity and nation.
About Security in Jesus
All true believers endure to the end of their lives. Those whom God has accepted in Christ and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation. They may grieve the Spirit and bring reproach to the name and cause of Christ but they shall be kept by the power of God.
About Religious Liberty
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men that are contrary to His Word. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without the interference by the civil powers. Church and state should be separate.
First Southern Baptist Church is in harmony with the Southern Baptist confession of faith, "The Baptist Faith and Message, 2000" that can be found here: http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp.