What We BelieveAs you look to find a church family to unite with it is important to understand what they believe.
What We Believe
As you look to find a church family to unite with it is important to understand what they believe.
As an American Baptist congregation what we believe is shaped in part by that heritage.
We believe in the principle of soul freedom. Soul freedom speaks to the right and responsibility each individual has to respond to the work of God in their life for themselves. Soul freedom also reminds us that each individual has the right and responsibility to wrestle with the Scriptures, allowing the Spirit to guide their interpretation.
We believe the Bible, composed of the old and new Testaments, is the divinely inspired word of God, the final written authority and trustworthy for faith and practice. Throughout history Baptists have been called “people of the book”. We wear that label proudly as the Scriptures serve to guide our understanding of and relationship with God and shape our service to the world.
As American Baptists we celebrate diversity and the ability to live peacefully in the midst of it. We may not agree on all things but we are committed to walking with each other in obedience to God’s call upon our lives.
While as American Baptists we accept no humanly devised confession or creed as binding we see value in the way the apostles Creed expresses a common understanding of Christian faith. This creed written in approximately 400 A.D. reflects the teachings of the earliest apostles. Throughout the centuries it has been used as an expression of faith in the God whom we serve.
The Apostles Creed serves as a good guide to help understand the foundational beliefs that guide the life of our community.