Below, we include a brief summary of our fundamental doctrines. For more information, we invite you to read the document The Baptist Faith and Message, by the Southern Baptist Convention. If you have additional questions, please, do not hesitate to write to us.
There is only one being who is God. He is eternal, without comparison, the creator of everything that exists. His name in the Bible is YHWH, generally translated to English as Jehovah or Yahweh. He is the God revealed in the Bible—the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets. Jesus of Nazareth (Christ) referred to this same God as The Father. An important attribute of this God is that he is complex: his Spirit and his Word can be distinguished from him even though they are parts of himself (Exodus 3:6, Isaiah 43:10-11, John 17:3, 1 Corinthians 8:4, 6).
Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God because he is the Word of God who proceeds from the being of God the Father. Jesus and the Father are one, and to see Jesus is to see the Father. The Apostles recognized the divinity of Jesus, and therefore applied to him many Old Testament passages that refer to the Father (John 1:8, John 1:18, John 10:30, John 14:9, John 20:28, Philippians 2:5-6, Colossians 2:9-10, 2 Peter 1:2, Hebrews 1:10-11, Revelation 1:7).
The Holy Spirit
Just as the Son, the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father. The Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He baptizes every believer so the believer can be part of the body of Christ. The Spirit seals the believer to assure his eternal salvation. The Spirit instructs the believer. The Spirit guides the believer to holiness and according to the will of God. He fills the believer, producing a change in the believer’s way of living. The Holy Spirit gives gifts to every believer according to his own will. (1 Corinthians 2:11, John 16:8:1, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30, 1 John 2:27, Galatians 5:16, Romans 8:26-27, Ephesians 5:18, Ephesians 5:9, Galatians 5:22, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11).
The good news (the gospel) of God for humanity is that Jesus, the Christ and Son of God, died for our sins, was buried and resurrected on the third day. He appeared to several of his disciples, and afterwards he ascended to heaven, to sit at the right hand of the Father (1 Corinthians 15:3-5, Acts 1:1-3, 9, Hebrews 1:3).
Salvation is possible because of God’s grace in response to our faith. Because it is impossible for a humans to justify themselves before God by their own good works or obedience to his Law, God delivered Jesus Christ to pay the debt of our sins and to freely offer salvation to every human being who repents, believes the gospel, and invites Jesus Christ to his heart (Ephesians 2:8, Job 25:4-6, Galatians 2:16, Ephesians 2:1, 1 John 2:2, Acts 2:38, John 3:16, Romans 10:13).
Sin is iniquity, evil, malice, wickedness, and immorality (Isaiah 59:3-13). Sin is the transgression of God’s law and the disregard of what is good (1 John 3:4, James 4:17).
After Adam’s rebellion, every human being is born and lives in a state of sin, an inclination to sin (Genesis 6:5-6, Jeremiah 17:9, Psalm 51:5, Romans 5:12).
Every human being is guilty of sin before God. Therefore, every human being will be judged according to his works and cast into a lake of fire where he will be tormented forever, unless he repents and receive Jesus Christ (John 3;17-18, Mark 9:44, 46, 48, Romans 3:19, Romans 2:19, Revelation 14:10-11, 20:12-15).
God will give resurrection and eternal life to everyone who believes in Jesus Christ. Eternal life is characterized by a favorable relationship with God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Eternal life will not include death, suffering, pain, or sin. Eternal life is guaranteed to everyone who has received Jesus Christ, and they will not lose it since they are kept by the power of God.
The Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is the message of God for humanity, word by word and letter by letter. The canon of the Bible is closed since the time of the apostles, and every doctrine must be evaluated by the doctrine of the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 5:18, Luke 16:17, Jude 1:3, Galatians 1:8-9, Acts 2:42, 2 Thessalonians 2:15, 2 Peter 3:2, 2 Timothy 2:2)..
The church is composed of every person who believes God’s gospel concerning Jesus Christ and who, therefore, is saved. God dwells in the church through the truth of the gospel. The presence of Jesus Christ gives support to the authority of the church and, therefore, the church has authority to discipline believers. Christ is the head of the church and the members of the church must contribute to the edification and unity of the church (Matthew 16:18, Acts 2:47, 1 Timothy 3:15, Matthew 18:18-20, Ephesians 1:22, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 4:12-13, Romans 16:1, 1 Corinthians 1:2, 10)
There are only two ordinances for the church:
The Lord’s supper is a symbolic act that consists on eating bread and drinking wine (or grape juice) to remember the self-sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins. The bread represents the Lord’s body, and the wine represents his blood. These elements do not grant salvation or forgiveness of sins: they are only symbols, a way of expressing our faith in Jesus (Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-28).
Baptism is a symbolic act that consists on the immersion in water of the individual who, having repented of his sins, has trusted in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to forgive his sins. Baptism is not an act to obtain salvation, but an act to publicly demonstrate faith in Jesus Christ (Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3, Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, 1 Corinthians 3:21).