SGBC is a Southern Baptist Church and is proud to be affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and the Amarillo Area Baptist Association. Here is a summary of our beliefs:
We believe the Bible is the complete revelation from God and the contents are inspired. Holy men of God, qualified by the leadership of the Holy Spirit, wrote in obedience to the divine command and were kept from all error, so that the Bible can actually be classified as the very Word of God and the books of the Bible are of divine origin and authority. As the result of believing this, we also believe what the Bible teaches about doctrine, history, prophecy, and stewardship. We believe the Bible is our source of faith and practice. It is the final authority in all spiritual matters.
We believe God is supreme in His person, eternal in His being, absolute in His attributes, glorious in His perfection, and sovereign in His will. He is a person. God is the Creator of man and the universe and upholds all things by the word of His power. We believe also in the Trinity. The Father is the fullness of the Godhead invisible; the Son is the fullness of the Godhead manifested; and the Spirit is the fullness of the Godhead in His executive agency.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh, eternal in His existence, creative in His might, and life-giving in His power. Born of a virgin, sinless in His life, vicarious in His death, powerful in His resurrection, and glorious in His coming. Divine worship is ascribed to Him and divine attributes are possessed by Him. We believe that He is now exercising His high priestly work.
We believe Christians receive the Holy Spirit at salvation, and He is their constant source of strength and power. The Holy Spirit possesses the attributes and deity of God, so He is God. We believe the Holy Spirit convicts and regenerates the sinner to salvation; He also abides within the believer as the means of assurance, power, and wisdom; He guides the believer in his life and anoints him for service. We believe the Holy Spirit possesses the characteristic of personality, so He is a person. The Bible refers to Him as a person and not merely an influence.
FALL OF MAN
We believe man was created in the image of God and by his own choice and willful decision fell into sin. By this act, he became a sinner and was put under the condemnation of God. He was severed from the life of God and became spiritually dead.
SALVATION OF SINNERS
We believe the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace. The lost person does not possess any means of saving himself. God has provided a way through the death of Christ to save sinners. He is saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The forgiveness of sin and the removal of its guilt and punishment are the results of the new birth. Through man's salvation experience, he is reconciled to God and made a new creature in Christ Jesus.
SECURITY OF THE BELIEVERS
We believe that those who believe and receive Jesus Christ as Savior are eternally secure. We are now in possession of eternal life and will never be in danger of condemnation or loss of our salvation. This assurance rests on the finished work of Christ which places us as a son of God in our relationship.
DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH
We believe that the visible Church is a congregation of baptized believers, practicing New Testament principles, believing its doctrines, observing its ordinances, and exercising its autonomy. We believe it is the responsibility of the local Church to help spread the gospel to the world. Every Church and Christian should have a part of this ministry.
HEAVEN AND HELL
We believe every person is a soul of eternal duration. Therefore, Heaven is a prepared place of eternal happiness for those who are saved by the grace of God. Hell is a prepared place for those who refuse God's grace and they remain in their lost condition and are punished in an eternal hell forever.
CHRIST'S SECOND COMING
We believe according to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth. The dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. After the judgments of God upon this sinful world in the Great Tribulation, Jesus our Lord will come with His saints to establish His millennial kingdom. Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The redeemed of Christ in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their rewards and will dwell in Heaven forever with their Savior.
JOIN BY PROFESSION OF FAITH
Join SGBC by making a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and following Him in believer's baptism (as a believer, by immersion, and as a symbol of salvation).
JOIN BY LETTER
Join SGBC by letter or promise of a letter or recommendation of another Baptist church.
JOIN BY STATEMENT
Join SGBC by statement of faith in Jesus Christ and testimony of salvation in Jesus Christ alone, and of believer's baptism.