South Tulsa Baptist Church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Southern Baptists do not follow creeds, but have adopted a confession of faith, described in The Baptist Faith and Message, as revised and adopted in 2000, which outlines the basic scriptural principles common among Southern Baptists. The following is a brief summary of a selection of those foundational principles, which also constitute the beliefs of our church.
The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message (full version)
The Holy Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to human beings. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
There is one and only one true and living God. He is the creator and ruler of the universe. He is infinitely holy, perfect, and His sovereign control over all that exists cannot be threatened. To Him all creatures 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 the Father is both personal and almighty. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise.
God the Son, Jesus Christ
Jesus is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and was the embodiment of Him on earth. He was born of a virgin. He lived a sinless human life. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice. He bore the punishment of our sin on the cross. He rose from the grave to demonstrate His power and to offer life to all who believe.
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He is fully divine and co-equal with the God the Father and God the Son. He helps the believer to understand spiritual truth and to interpret the Scriptures. He seals the believer until the day of final redemption. He empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Human beings are the special creation of God, both male and female, made in His own image. Humans are the crowning work of God’s creation. Without Christ, every human being is separated from a relationship with God by disobedience, which the Bible calls “sin.” Every human being has dignity and value because God has created us in His image.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole person and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Salvation is a free gift of God, and thus cannot be earned or lost. Salvation in Christ is the only way for a person to receive eternal life. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
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 an institution that was created by God from the beginning (Genesis 2:24-25; Matthew 19:4-5). 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.