In addition to our reliance on the authority of the Holy Bible, and our agreement with the beliefs expressed in the Baptist Faith and Message, we have included in our church Bylaws this statement of additional doctrines to which we adhere:
We, the Church Body, acknowledge the Bible as our earthly authority for faith and practice. Our understanding of Biblical truth is in essential agreement with the BAPTIST FAITH AND MESSAGE as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1963 and amended in 1998.
Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death (Psalm 139:13-16).
We believe the Bible teaches that marriage is a central part of God’s creation covenant and reflects the relationship of Christ and the church, and that God has ordained marriage and defined it as the life-long covenant relationship between one man, one woman, and Himself (Genesis 2:18-25; Malachi 2:14; Ephesians 5:25-32).
Divorce and Remarriage
We believe that God intended marriage to be a life-long commitment (Malachi 2:14-16, Romans 7:2-3). Recognizing the human condition, we extend grace and mercy to those who have divorced, or who have remarried (Colossians 3:12-13; James 2:12-13).
We believe that God commands that sexual intimacy occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (Exodus 20:14; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; Hebrews 13:4). All other sexual relationships are sinful (Romans 1:24-27).
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological gender or any attempt to change one’s gender is against God’s created design.
Responsibility to the Neighbor
We believe our responsibility is to speak the truth in love and that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:15; Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, forgiveness, respect, and dignity. We reject hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual, as not in keeping with Scripture (Luke 10:36-37; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31).