What we Believe
It is impossible to say what all Baptists believe because one of our bedrock beliefs is the priesthood of all believers. Briefly, that means that any person, guided by the Holy Spirit, can interpret scripture and faith as he or she feels led to do so. For that reason, we are not a creedal people. Baptist history is replete with confessions of faith (some of them quite involved), but they are not binding on individuals or congregations. At best, we can say this is what we believe we believe.
The following principles reflect our core values…
- We affirm the salvation that comes through belief in Jesus Christ, who embodied the presence of God in human flesh.
- Baptism by immersion is a reflection of our desire to follow Christ, who himself was baptized and who commanded his followers to do the same for all those who believe in him.
- We adhere to the four basic principles of soul freedom (the priesthood of all believers), Bible freedom (individual interpretation of scripture), church freedom (the autonomy of the local church), and religious freedom (the separation of church and state).
- We support global missions, which seek to share the good news of Jesus Christ to all the world, and in his name make our world a better place in which to live. We follow the Baptist tradition of cooperation with other ministries that reflect our desire to share the gospel, hence we are cooperative Baptists (see affiliations).
- What other Christian traditions call sacraments we refer to as ordinances, meaning they were ordained by Christ for his followers. We recognize two ordinances designed for the local church to administer: baptism and The Lord’s Supper or Communion.
The Constitution of the Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, adopted in 1997, includes the following statement of faith: “We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired word of God and the basis for our beliefs.” That same document includes this covenant: “This church shall hold to no other creed or articles of faith other than ‘Jesus is Lord’ (Romans 10:9).