Like other Baptists, Seventh Day Baptists believe in:
- the Saving love of Jesus Christ
- The Bible as the INSPIRED Word of God and His will for man
- freedom of thought under the guidance of the Holy Spirit
- The congregational form of church governance, meaning that every member of the Church has the right to participate in the decision making process of the Church.
What do Seventh Day Baptists believe?
- GOD – We believe in ONE God, infinite and perfect, the Creator and sustainer of the universe who exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and who desires to share His love in a personal relationship with persons. (1 Timothy 1:17, Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 Kings 8:27, 1 John 1:5, Genesis 1:1-2, Acts 17:24, 25, 28, Matthew 28:19, John 3:16, Isaiah 57:15, 2 Peter 3:9)
- the Father – We believe in God the Father, who is sovereign over all, who is loving and just as He forgives the repentant and condemns the unrepentant. (1 Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 4:6, John 5:24, John 3:16-18)
- the Son – We believe in God the Son who became incarnate in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. He gave Himself on the Cross as the complete and final sacrifice (the Ultimate Passover Lamb) for sin. As our Risen Lord, He is the mediator between God the Father and mankind. (John 1:34, Hebrews 1:3, John 1:14-18, Romans 1:3-4, 1 John 3:16, 1 Peter 2:24, Hebrews 10:10-14, 1 Corinthians 15:20-21, 1 Timothy 2:5, John 14:6, 1 John 2:1-2)
- the Holy Spirit – We believe in God the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, who gives spiritual birth to believers, lives within them, and empowers therm for witnessing and service. We believe the Holy Spirit inspired the Scriptures, convicts man of his sin, and instructs in righteousness. (John 14:16, 3:5-8, 14:17, Romans 5:5, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 2 Peter 1:20-21, John 15:7-11).
- The Bible – We believe that the Bible, in its original manuscripts, is the inspired word of God. The Bible is our final authority in matters of faith and practice. We believe that Jesus Christ, in His life and teachings as recorded in the Bible, is the supreme interpreter of God’s will for Mankind.
- Mankind – We believe that mankind was created in the image of God, and is therefore the noblest work of creation. We believe that human beings have moral responsibility, and are created to enjoy both divine and human fellowship as Children of God. (Genesis 1:26-27, Psalm 8:3-9, Micah 6:8, Matthew 5:44-48, 1 John 1:3, John 1:12).
- Sin and Salvation – We believe that sin is any lack of conformity to God’s Will. Because of sin, all people have separated themselves from God. We believe that because we are sinners, we are in need of a Savior. We believe that salvation from sin and death is the gift of God by redeeming love accomplished by Christ’s death and resurrection. We believe that redemption is received only by repentance and faith in Jesus as our Passover Lamb. We believe that all who repent of their sin and receive Christ as their Savior will not be punished at the final judgment, but receive eternal life. (1 John 3:6, Romans 3:23-25, Isaiah 59:2, 1 John 1:8-10, Romans 5:6-8, 6:23, Hebrews 10:10-14, 1 Peter 1:3, John 32:15-18, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6, Matthew 25:41-46, Romans 5:10)
- Eternal Life – We believe that Jesus rose from the dead and lives eternally with the Father. He will come again with power and great glory. We believe that eternal life begins in knowing God through a commitment to Jesus Christ. We believe that because He died, was resurrected, and lives again, resurrection with spiritual and imperishable bodies is the gift of God to believers. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 20:23, John 14:1-3, Matthew 24:30, Titus 2:13, John 17:3, 1 John 5:11-13, 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, John 10:27-28, John 6:40)
- The Church – We believe that the Church of God is all believers gathered by the Holy Spirit and joined into one body, of which Christ is the Head. We believe that the local Church is a community of believers organized in covenant relationship for worship, fellowship, and service, practicing and proclaiming common convictions, while growing in grace and in the Knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We believe in the priesthood of all believers. We practice the autonomy of the local congregation as we seek to work in association with other for more effective witness. (Acts 20:28, 1 Corinthians 12:13 – 14, 27, Romans 12:4-5, Colossians 1:18, Acts 2:42, Ephesians 2:19-22, Romans 15:5-7, Ephesians 4:11-16, 2 Peter 3:18, 1 Peter 2:4-10, Matthew 18:20, Hebrews 10:24-25)
- Baptism – We believe that baptism of believers in obedience to Jesus Command is a witness to the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe in baptism by immersion as a symbol of death to sin, and a pledge to a new life in Him. (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:41, Colossians 2:12, Romans 6:3-4, 11, Galatians 3:26-27.
- The Lord’s Supper – We believe that the Lord’s Supper commemorates the suffering and death of our Redeemer until He comes. We believe that it is a symbol of union in Christ, and a pledge of renewed allegiance to our risen Lord. (Mark 14:22-25, Matthew 26:26-29, I Corinthians 10:16-17, 11:23-30)
- Sabbath – We believe that the Sabbath of the Bible, the seventh day of the week, is sacred time, a gift of God to all people. We believe that it is instituted are Creation, affirmed in the Ten Commandments, reaffirmed as a covenant promise, and sealed in the teaching and example of Jesus and the apostles. We believe that the gift of Sabbath Rest is an experience of God’s eternal presence with His people. We believe that in obedience to God, and in loving response to His grace in Christ, the Sabbath should be faithfully observed as a day of rest, worship, and celebration. (Genesis 2:2-3, Exodus 16:23-30, 20:8-11, Exodus 31:13-17, Isaiah 58:13-14, Matthew 5:17-19, Mark 2:27-28, Luke 4:16, Acts 13:14, 42-44, 16:11-13, 17:2-3, 18:4-11, Ezekiel 20:19-20, Hebrews 4:9-10, John 14:15, Luke 23:56)
- Evangelism – We believe that Jesus Christ commissions us to proclaim the Gospel, to make disciples, to baptize, and to teach observance of all that He has commanded. We are called to be witnesses for Christ throughout the world and in all human relationships. (Matthew 24:14, Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Corinthians 4:1-2, 5-6, 1 Peter 3:15, 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, Ephesians 6:14-20)