The Bible is the divinely inspired, infallible, inerrant, eternal word of God as given by the Holy Spirit. Both the Old and the New Testament scriptures are verbally inspired by God and preserved through His providence.
There is one true and living God existing in three Persons…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…each a distinct Person worthy of obedience and worship.
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of the living God, The Savior of men, born of the Virgin Mary, equal with the Father in divine perfection, and the Lord of every Christian. The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, rose again bodily the third day, ascended to the right hand of God the Father, where He now sits in heaven as our mediator. The return of the Lord will be literal, personal, imminent, bodily and visible for His church. He has taught us to live in readiness.
The Holy Spirit as the third Person of the Trinity convicts of sin, regenerates, enlightens, endues for service, and comforts and guides believers.
All have sinned, and therefore, are in need of salvation. Salvation is by grace alone and is free to all who, through repentance and faith, surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ. All who have been born again become the children of God. Salvation is a gift of God not of human works. At the moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit permanently indwells the believer and the believer is kept by God’s power through faith and is eternally secure and will persevere to the end.
Salvation precedes baptism and church membership. Christ personally instituted the church, which He commissioned to make disciples of all nations, to baptize believers, and to teach them to do all things that He had commanded. There are only two scriptural ordinances: believers’ baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Believers should be baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is observed in remembrance of Him to show forth His death for our sins until He comes again.
We believe in the priesthood of the believer. Every Christian has direct access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ, our great High Priest. There is no mediator between God and man other than Jesus Christ.
Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary has rich tradition teaching eschatology from a pre-millennial, dispensational position. The truths of eschatology should arouse in us watchfulness and alertness in expectation of the future. But preparation for what is going to happen will also entail diligence in the activities that our Lord has assigned to us. We should study the scripture intensively and watch developments in our world carefully, so that we may discern God’s working and not be misled. Agreement is essential on such basic matters as the second coming of Christ and the life hereafter. On the other hand, our teaching a specific position on such matters as the time of the millennium or the tribulation, should not be made a test of orthodoxy or a condition of Christian fellowship and unity.
The Bible is the primary or supreme source of our understanding, we are not completely excluded from seeing God’s revelation of Himself in general ways such as nature and history as the Bible itself teaches, but these are secondary to the Bible.