God is the Creator and Ruler of everything. There is only one true God who
is revealed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are
co-equal and are one God. God is the Creator of everything that exists and
nothing exists apart from and outside of that creation. God is a personal
being - not some vague force or a subjective "truth." God is perfect in
holiness, wisdom, power and love. God concerns Himself mercifully in the
death of all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the personality of God described as "Son." Jesus came to
earth as a human but retained His deity, being fully human and fully God. By
coming to live among humanity, He inaugurated God's Kingdom on earth.
Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice
for the sins of all humanity by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead as a
demonstration of His power over sin and death. He will return again to earth
to reign as Lord of everything.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. The Holy Spirit is
present in the world to make humanity aware of its need for Jesus. The Holy
Spirit lives in every Christian. The Holy Spirit provides Christians with power
for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
The Holy Spirit equips people with spiritual gifts that make ministry effective.
The Bible is God's word to all people. Human authors, under the guidance of
the Holy Spirit, wrote the Bible. It serves as the primary source of Christian
beliefs and living. Because God inspired it, it can be completely relied upon
to reveal God's ideas about Himself, humanity, sin, and ultimate truth. In the
many types of literature contained in the books of the Old and New
Testaments, God's love for, and redemption of, humanity is a consistent
Humanity is made in the image of God, to be like Him in character. Humanity
is the supreme object of God's creation. God created humankind to live
forever and enjoy creation with Him. Humanity has tremendous potential for
good though marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin.
This attitude and the choices made that reflect it separate humanity from
God. God's grace enables us to connect with Him, not our efforts alone.
Salvation is a gift from God to humanity. When people trust in Jesus as God's
offer of forgiveness they are saved from sin's penalty. No degree of good
living earns one's relationship with God. Salvation provides life with God here
on earth and in Heaven.
The Church is the dynamic, spiritual body of which Jesus is the head. All
those who put their trust in Jesus are a part of the Church. Local churches
are expressions of the universal Church. Baptism and the Lord's Supper are
ordinances or sacraments that the church practices. The Church ordains its
leaders, prays for people to be empowered in ministry, and works
cooperatively for the restoration of creation.
At the end, Jesus will return to earth to restore it to its original state. The
Kingdom that was inaugurated when He came to earth as a human will be
perfected. He will bring dead believers back to life with new immortal bodies,
and transform the bodies of the believers still alive. He will judge the dead
and living. Humans will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in
union with God through forgiveness and salvation. Heaven is where followers
of Jesus will spend eternity with God. The worst thing about hell is eternal
separation from God. The order of these events and the time of their
occurrence are debatable and not specifically revealed in the Scriptures.
A more comprehensive statement of faith for Memorial is reflected in the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message. To view a copy of that document CLICK HERE