Smyrna Baptist Doctrine

The Holy Scriptures, which are the inerrant Word of God, are the basis for our conduct and any statement of faith. This church receives the Scriptures as the sole authority in matters of faith and practice. Smyrna Baptist subscribes wholly to the Baptist Faith and Message (www.sbc.net/bfm2000/default.asp) as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000.  


DISTINGUISHING DOCTRINES 


The ordinances of this church are believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper, only to be taken by believers in good standing with a local church. 

We believe that Jesus is the only way to the Father. 

We thank God for the Holy Spirit who comforts, guides, and empowers us to live the Christian life.

We believe that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have always been and will always be and are equal in divinity, one in unity, yet distinct in role. 

We believe that marriage is a holy union between one man and one woman for a lifetime.

We believe that the husband is be the loving head of his wife and family as Christ is the loving head of the church. Women are to respect and submit to their husbands loving headship as believers submit to the loving headship of Christ. Men and women are completely equal in essence and value, yet distinct in role.


Believer's Baptism

For the understanding of our people

From the Pastoral Staff,


We believe that Christian baptism as described and prescribed in Scripture is the total immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The "believer's baptism" is simply an act of personal, yet public obedience that symbolizes the believer's faith in Jesus as his crucified, buried, and risen Savior. Physically speaking, baptism by immersion represents the believer dying to the old, slave-to-sin, self and being raised to walk forevermore in the new life given him in Christ Jesus.



The Lord's Supper

For the understanding of our people

From the Pastoral Staff,


We believe that the Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience to Christ in which members in good standing with a local church partake in the eating of the bread and drinking of the fruit of the vine. In doing so we remember and honor the sacrifice of our Savior--dying on the cross to pay the price for our sins--while joyfully and eagerly awaiting His second coming.