III) A Final Summary
Based on the truths reflected in the Baptist Faith & Message (2000), below is a final summary of key concepts that we affirm, along with corresponding Scripture references to support these convictions:
1. The Bible
-We believe the Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself to mankind, divinely delivered through human authors who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures are therefore supremely authoritative without equal, totally true without error, and fully sufficient without lack as the eternal Word of the Living God.
(Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalm 19:7-11; 119:11,89,105; Isaiah 40:8;
2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
-We believe God is the one, true, living, and eternal Creator of the universe who reveals Himself to us as the triune Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without any division of nature, essence, or being.
(Genesis 1:1-2; Exodus 3:14; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6;
2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2)
3. Jesus Christ
-We believe Jesus Christ is both fully human and fully divine as the Son of God who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death on the cross as a substitute for mankind, was bodily resurrected from the dead, ascended into heaven to send down His Holy Spirit, and will one day return in glory to judge all men and rule an eternal kingdom.
(John 1:1-18, 10:30; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Colossians 1:15-20; 2:9)