Alexander Baptist Church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. The Baptist Faith and Message in its latest, revised edition is a detailed explanation of the biblical beliefs held by Southern Baptists. The following beliefs represent a large portion of the aforementioned document. Our Senior Pastor and Associate Pastors are available to answer questions regarding the following statements of our beliefs.
What is the Gospel?
The just, holy, gracious, and merciful God of the universe looked upon hopelessly sinful people and sent His Son, Jesus Christ (God in human flesh) to satisfy God’s wrath against sin and to provide forgiveness of that sin with His death on the Cross. Jesus displayed God’s power over sin and death through His resurrection from the dead. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, sinners who turn to God through repentance and faith are reconciled to God forever.
For some, the Gospel is just way too complicated. For others, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Neither of these first two statements does the Gospel proper justice. It is our desire to present a clear and concise understanding of the Gospel from God’s Word. The following encapsulates biblical truths and responses to the Gospel.
1.The Character of God (Romans 1:18-20, 2:1-16, 3:22-24, Isaiah 43:6-7)
God is the just and gracious Creator of all things.
Realize that God created us in His image for the sole purpose of glorifying Him.
2.The Sinfulness of Man (Romans 1:21-25, 3:9-20, 3:23, 6:23)
We are each created by God, but we are all corrupted by sin.
Admit that we are sinful rebels who sin by nature and by choice, and turn away from sin.
3.The Sufficiency of Christ (Romans 3:21-26, 4:25, 5:6-10, 5:18, 8:1-4)
4.Jesus Christ alone is able to remove our sin and reconcile us to God through His death. He alone satisfies the wrath of God for our sins.
Recognize that we are helpless to be reconciled with God apart from Jesus Christ.
4.The Necessity of Faith (Romans 1:17, 3:20-31, 4:22-25, 6:11-14, 8:10-11, 10:9-13)
We are reconciled to God only by/through faith in Jesus Christ. There is nothing we have or can do to become right/reconciled with God.
Faith that leads to salvation involves forsaking sin and self-sufficiency. We turn to Jesus and trust in Him as Lord, confessing Him as Savior and Lord.
5. The Urgency of Eternity (John 3:14-16, 36, John 10:27-30, 17:3, 1 Timothy 1:16-17, Hebrews 9:12, 1 John 5:11-13)
Our eternal destiny is dependent on our response to Jesus.
Cry out to God to save you of your sins, put your faith in Jesus Christ, and confess Him as Savior and Lord.
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19
Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140
Isaiah 34:16; 40:8
Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32
Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29
Luke 21:33; 24:44-46
John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17
Acts 2:16ff.; 17:1
Romans 15:4; 16:25-26
2 Timothy 3:15-17
Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12
1 Peter 1:25
2 Peter 1:19-21
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing. His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
Genesis 1:1; 2:7
Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff; 20:1ff.
Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6
1 Chronicles 29:10
Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8
Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13
Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19
John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8
1 Corinthians 8:6
1 Timothy 1:17
Hebrews 11:6; 12:9
1 Peter 1:17
1 John 5:7
God the Son
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
Psalms 2:7ff; 110:1ff
Isaiah 7:14; 53
Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19
Mark 1:1; 3:11
Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46
John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28
Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20
Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4
1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28
2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9
Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10
Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18
1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16
Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8
1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22
1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9
2 John 7-9
Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff
Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19
Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49
John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14
Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6
1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13
Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18
1 Thessalonians 5:19
1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1
2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16
2 Peter 1:21
1 John 4:13; 5:6-7
Revelation 1:10; 22:17
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning, man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherits a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person in the universe possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6
Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5
Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29
1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22
Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.
Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the confession of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.
Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.
Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.
Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8
Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6
Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32
John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17
Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32
Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10
2 Corinthians 5:17-20
Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15
Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16
Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
2 Timothy 1:12
Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14
1 Peter 1:2-23
1 John 1:6-2:11
Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5
God’s Purpose of Grace
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is based upon His sovereign and providential love and grace, and comprehends all the means of salvation in connection with the end result of glorification. It is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.
All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet, they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
1 Samuel 8:4-7,19-22
Matthew 16:18-19; 21:28-45; 24:22,31; 25:34
Luke 1:68-79; 2:29-32; 19:41-44; 24:44-48
John 1:12-14; 3:16; 5:24; 6:44-45,65; 10:27-29; 15:16; 17:6,12,17-18
Acts 20:32; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-39; 10:12-15; 11:5-7,26-36
1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 15:24-28
Ephesians 1:4-23; 2:1-10; 3:1-11
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
2 Timothy 1:12; 2:10,19
1 Peter 1:2-5,13; 2:4-10
1 John 1:7-9; 2:19; 3:2
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local body of baptized believers; associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; and seeking to extend the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Each church operates under the Lordship of Christ. In such a church each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural leaders are pastors and servants are deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of elder or pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.
Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20
Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28
1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12
Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32
1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14
1 Peter 5:1-4
Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the covenant of church membership.
The Lord’s Supper is an act of obedience whereby followers of Christ, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. Though the elements of the Lord’s Supper are symbolic, the Lord’s Supper is a spiritually meaningful and rich experience for the Bride of Christ.
Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20
Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26
Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20
Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7
1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29
The Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly, the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. Christians ought to pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come and God’s will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age.
Matthew 3:2; 4:8-10,23; 12:25-28; 13:1-52; 25:31-46; 26:29
Mark 1:14-15; 9:1
Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 12:31-32; 17:20-21; 23:42
John 3:3; 18:36
Acts 1:6-7; 17:22-31
Romans 5:17; 8:19
1 Corinthians 15:24-28
Hebrews 11:10,16; 12:28
1 Peter 2:4-10; 4:13
Revelation 1:6,9; 5:10; 11:15; 21-22
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Isaiah 2:4; 11:9
Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64
Mark 8:38; 9:43-48
Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28
Acts 1:11; 17:31
1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58
2 Corinthians 5:10
Colossians 1:5; 3:4
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1
2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2
1 Timothy 6:14
2 Timothy 4:1,8
2 Peter 3:7
1 John 2:28; 3:2
Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13
Evangelism and Missions
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the Gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the Gospel of Christ.
Matthew 9:37-38; 10:5-15; 13:18-30, 37-43; 16:19; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20
Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53
John 14:11-12; 15:7-8,16; 17:15; 20:21
Acts 1:8; 2; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2-3
1 Thessalonians 1:8
2 Timothy 4:5
Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2
1 Peter 2:4-10
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual. All that we have and are, we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual responsibility to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute at least ten percent of their income cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.
Matthew 6:1-4,19-21; 19:21; 23:23; 25:14-29
Luke 12:16-21,42; 16:1-13
Acts 2:44-47; 5:1-11; 17:24-25; 20:35
Romans 6:6-22; 12:1-2
1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 6:19-20; 12; 16:1-4
2 Corinthians 8-9; 12:15
1 Peter 1:18-19
The Christian and the Social Order
All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends, Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.
Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17
Matthew 5:13-16,43-48; 22:36-40; 25:35
Mark 1:29-34; 2:3ff.; 10:21
Luke 4:18-21; 10:27-37; 20:25
John 15:12; 17:15
1 Corinthians 5:9-10; 6:1-7; 7:20-24; 10:23-11:1
1 Thessalonians 3:12
James 1:27; 2:8
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church, and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
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. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20
1 Samuel 1:26-28
Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16
Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9
Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9
1 Corinthians 7:1-16
Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4
1 Timothy 5:8,14
2 Timothy 1:3-5
1 Peter 3:1-7