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Southern Baptist Christians have prepared a statement of generally held convictions called The Baptist Faith and Message. It serves as a guide to understanding our basic beliefs.  A short summary of these beliefs is shown below:
 

The Bible
The Holy Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the word of God.  It was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. The Bible is inspired, inerrant, infallible, and is properly interpreted by the illumination of the Holy Spirit.  All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.  The Bible is the sole authority and guide for the faith and practice of the church.

God
There is one and only one living and true God.  The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise.

God the Son
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was fully divine and fully human, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  By His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of people from sin.  He was resurrected from the dead and appeared to His disciples, and He ascended into heaven and is exalted at the right hand of God.  He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord, and He will return in power and glory.

God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God.  He exalts Christ.  He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures, and He illumines people to interpret and understand them.   He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.  He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

Man
Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation.  By his free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race.  Every person is thus born with an inherited sinful nature, and every person who is capable of moral action commits sin and is separated from God and under condemnation without Christ.

Salvation
Salvation is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ by grace through faith.  There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ.   Jesus, by His own blood, obtained eternal redemption for the believer.  God does not desire that any person reject Christ and perish, but instead desires that every person trust Christ and be saved.  God takes the initiative in salvation and provides the means of salvation, which is consistent with the free agency of man.  All true believers are eternally secure in Christ.

The Church
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth.  This church is an autonomous body, voluntarily cooperating in service and missions with other churches (and associations and conventions) of like faith and practice.  The New Testament also speaks of the church as the body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages. The church observes two ordinances:  Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, and is a testimony to faith in Christ, an act of obedience to Christ's command, a step of discipleship in following Christ's example, a symbol of Christ's sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection, and a symbol of the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life apart from Christ, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Jesus Christ.  Baptism does not confer salvation, but rather reflects the salvation that Christ has given to the believer.  The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience and remembrance whereby believers reverently and joyously recall the sacrificial death of Christ and anticipate His second coming.

The Lord's Day
Every day belongs to the Lord.  The first day of the week is observed as the Lord's Day, commemorating the resurrection of Christ from the dead and designated as a day of worship and devotion.

Evangelism & Missions
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to participate in proclaiming the gospel to the lost and making disciples of all nations.

Stewardship
God is the source of all blessings--physical, temporal and spiritual.  As Christians, we are called to serve Christ with our time, talents, and material possessions, giving a portion of them out of gratitude, a cheerful heart, and the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

Religious Liberty
Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends.  A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal.

The Family
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society.  Marriage is the unity of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.  The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people.  Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.

Last Things
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end.  Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly.  The dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all people. The unsaved will be consigned to Hell.  The saved will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.