Central Baptist Church is in fellowship with thousands of other Baptist churches that make up the Southern Baptist Convention, whose beliefs are affirmed in The Baptist Faith and Message, which summarizes what we believe about God, the Bible, salvation, the church, religious liberty, and much more!
Article I. We believe that the Holy Scriptures are our only authority for the way of salvation, the Christian life, and the practice of the Church; that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
Article II. We believe in the one true and living God revealed in the Scriptures as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 14:7-9, 15-26; Matthew 28:19).
Article III. We believe that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; that the way of salvation is by faith receiving God’s free gift of grace, which is given through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus by His atoning death on the cross and His victorious resurrection (Romans 3:23-26, 4:23-25; Ephesians 2:1-10).
Article IV. We believe that all true believers, those genuinely born again of the Spirit of God, shall be kept by the power of God through faith; that no power or person shall be able to pluck them out of the Father’s hand or to separate them from the love of God in Christ Jesus; that they have eternal life as a present as well as a future reality; that should a child of God fall into sin, God will, in love, chasten him as a son and seek to lead him to repentance, forgiveness, and cleansing of sin through confession of sin to God (John 3, 10:27-29; 1 Peter 1:5; Romans 8:35-39; 1 John 1:9, 5:11-13; Hebrews 12:5-11).
Article V. We believe that all who have received Christ as Savior and Lord should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; that baptism is by immersion in likeness of the believer’s union with Christ in death to sin, burial, and resurrection to walk in newness of life; that the Lord’s Supper should be observed by the churches in remembrance of Him and to show forth His death for our sins until He comes again (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
Article VI. We believe that each local church is autonomous as far as human government is concerned; that each church should look to Christ alone as its head and earnestly seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit; that we can please God and promote His work by cooperating together for missions, publications, education, and many other joint efforts (Ephesians 1:23; Revelation 3:22).
Article VII. We believe in the priesthood of all believers, that every Christian has direct access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ, our Great High Priest; that there is no mediator between God and man other than Christ Jesus (Revelation 1:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Peter 2:5).
Article VIII. We believe in the imminent, personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ; that the righteous dead shall be raised immortal to dwell eternally with the Lord; that the unrighteous dead shall be raised to be sentenced to the second death of the lake of fire (Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15; Revelation 20:11-15).
Article IX. We believe in religious liberty for all men and the separation of Church and State; that a free Church in a free State is the Christian ideal (Matthew 22:21; 1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Article X. We believe that we are under a mandate from our Lord as stewards of the Gospel and of our lives and possessions to live holy and separate lives of Christian love and to give cheerfully and liberally of our time, talent, and means to bear witness of Christ both personally in our own lives and corporately through our churches and missionary efforts (2 Corinthians 6:14-18, 9:6-15; 1 Peter 1:13-21; Matthew 5:14-16, 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; John 20:21-23.