Baptist believe in the basic tenets of Christianity: the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus and salvation through Him. We believe the essence of Christianity is love - God's first then ours. We follow Christ's imperative:
Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you. (John 13:34)
"Free and Faithful" These words convey the Baptist essence. Baptists are free under the lordship of Jesus Christ. We are free within the community of the faithful. Four treasured Baptist freedoms include:
Bible Freedom: Under the lordship of Christ, the bible must be central in the lives of His followers. We are both free and obligated to study and follow the Scriptures.
Soul Freedom: Every person has the right and responsibility to relate to God directly and personally, without intervention by another.
Church Freedom: Local congregations are free to determine membership and leadership. We may ordain any male or female whom we consider gifted for ministry. Local congregations are not subject to any state or national denominational organization.
Religious Freedom: We affirm the historic rights: freedom of religion, freedom for religion, and freedom from religion. Ceasar is not Christ. Christ is not Ceasar.