WE CONFESS JESUS CHRIST as the Son of the Living God, our Lord and Savior. We are joyously united in our common task of sharing the whole Gospel with the whole world.
WE BELIEVE IN THE BIBLE as the divinely inspired record of God's actions in history, and we believe it is a trustworthy, authoritative, and all-sufficient rule of faith and practice.
WE BELIEVE that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and we believe that Jesus died to save us from our sins. Those of us who believe this are forgiven by God and enter into a new life. That is what Baptists mean when we say we are born again. Being born again does not make us perfect, of course. It means we know God loves us and God has forgiven us.
WE OBSERVE two ordinances:
WE BAPTIZE believers by immersion. We regard "believer's baptism" as a symbol of death to the old life, and resurrection to a new life in Christ.
WE CELEBRATE the Lord's Supper (or Holy Communion) in memory of the sufferings of Christ. Most American Baptists practice "open communion," and invite all believers to participate in its celebration.
FINALLY, WE BELIEVE that all American Baptists, laity and clergy, are called together to be a family of disciples; witnessing at home and throughout the world to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and calling upon all individuals, groups, institutions, and nations to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.