What We Believe 

At Smithville Baptist Church

  The Bible: God’s Perfect Word. Because God is perfect, His Word is perfect as well. It is living, powerful, eternal, and effective for change. All of our beliefs come from and are found in the Scriptures. It is God’s revelation of Himself to humanity and it guides how we live. Lastly, we maintain that all Scripture points to Jesus Christ, its living fulfillment. (Psalm 19:7-11; Isaiah 40:8; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12)  

God: 3-in-1.

There is one God: perfect, infinite and eternal, holy, loving, and just. He exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-existent, co-equal, and co-eternal. The Father is not the Son nor the Son the Father or the Holy Spirit, but all three are the one true God. The Father is the Creator of heaven and earth. He created all things to exist for His glory: that includes you and me. He is sovereign, reigning over all creation. His plans and purposes cannot be defeated.
Jesus Christ is God’s only Son. He is the eternal Word made flesh. He was always with God and is God. He came to earth, fully God and fully man, to redeem humanity. All of God’s Words and works are fulfilled through Jesus Christ. He is the Savior of the world, giving up His life on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. He is the head of the church and should be loved and obeyed by all. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He convicts the world of sin and draws men and women to salvation through Jesus Christ. He is the Lord and Giver of life. All of God’s plans are worked out through the power of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify the Son, who came to glorify the Father, who works all things together for His name and renown. (Matthew 3:16-17; John 1:1-4, 14; John 3:16; John 14-16; Romans 5:8)  

The Gospel: The Power of God for Salvation

Man is born broken, thanks to the sin that has infected us since Adam and Eve. We are totally depraved and in need of God’s grace. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Jesus has made a way for us to be saved from our sin. The only way to obtain salvation is through the blood of Jesus, who came to earth, put on skin, and lived for 33 years without sin. Because He is the only One in history who earned for Himself righteousness, He willingly gave up His claim to righteousness to offer it to us! Jesus’ blood pays the debt our sins have earned, offering us a way out the death they bring. Some summarize the Gospel in four simple words: Jesus In Our Place. We simply say that Jesus Christ IS the Gospel: the good news is revealed in His birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. (John 3:1-21; Romans 5:8, 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:1-10)  

Sanctification: Becoming More Like Jesus

The Holy Spirit enables us to trust in Jesus for salvation. But He also enables us to become more like our Savior, the embodiment of holiness and righteousness. This iscalled sanctification. We believe that this is a progressive process: we become more like Jesus the longer we are believers in Him.  (John 15:1-11; Colossians 3:1-17; 1 Peter 1:13-16)

The Church: God’s Bridge to the World

The church is the body of believers in Jesus Christ worldwide. After Jesus’ resurrection, He gave a job to His followers. This job is called the “Great Commission.” Here’s what He said: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). Just as Jesus served as a missionary to the world, the church has the same task. We are to take the good news of the Gospel to a world that does not know Christ. Paul calls us “ambassadors,” “ministers of reconciliation,” and “ministers of the new covenant.” Our job is to point others to Jesus. We do this by spreading the Gospel through evangelism, worshiping and studying the Bible together as a church, and living in community with one another. (Matthew 16:18; 28:16-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; 1 Peter 2:9-10) As a Southern Baptist Church, Smithville Baptist Church adheres to and agrees with the Baptist Faith and Message (2000). This document provides a more detailed list of the doctrines to which we hold.