To authentically produce through the preaching and teaching of God's Word transformed and equipped disciples of Jesus Christ who depend on the Holy Spirit to witness to their community and to the world the love of God.
Southern Baptists have prepared a statement of generally held convictions called The Baptist Faith and Message. It serves as a guide to understanding who they are. Copies are available at Southern Baptist churches. Here is a brief summary.
"The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God's revelation of Himself to man. ... It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. ... The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ."
God the Holy Spirit
"The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. ... He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, is righteousness and of judgement. ... He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service."
"A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel ... and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. ... This church is an autonomous body. ... The New Testament speaks also of the church as a body of Christ which includes all the redeemed of all ages."
"God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. ... Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly... the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell. ... The righteous ... will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord."
"Christ's people should ... organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the churches. ... Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations."
"There is one and only one living and true God. ... The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being."
"Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained enteral redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification."
Baptism & the Lord's Supper
"Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. ... It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus." "The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members ... memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming."
Evangelism & Missions
"It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations ... to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort."
"The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the cause of missions and general benevolence ... there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. ... The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists."
"God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. ... Marriage is the uniting of one man and one women in covenant commitment for a lifetime. ... The husband and wife are equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. ... Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord."
God the Son
"Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. ... He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin."
"Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. ... By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. ... The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love."
The Lord's Day
"The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. ... It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spirtual devotion."
The Christian & the Social Order
"Every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in his own life and in human society. ... The Christian should oppose in the spirit of Christ every form of greed, selfishness, and vice."
God the Father
"God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purpose of His grace. ... God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ."
God's Purpose of Grace
"Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. ... All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end."
"The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. ... The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age."
"God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spirtual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions."
"... Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. ... A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal."
Mechanicsville Baptist Church
2364 Cashua Ferry Rd.
Darlington, SC 29532
9:30am - Sunday School
10:00am - Prayer Time
10:30am - Morning Worship
4:00pm - Prayer Closet
5:00pm - Evening Worship
6:15pm - Run4God Ministry
6:00pm - The CREW: MNM Youth fellowship
6:00pm - Meal
6:30pm - Bible Study