First Baptist Church of Jenny Lind aligns with those major beliefs of orthodox, Protestant, evangelical Christianity.
We hold firmly to the authority of Scriptures contained in the 66 books of the Old and New Testament canon “which has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.” (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21)
We believe in the “one and only living and true God” who is Creator of all and “reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.” (Gal. 4:4-7; Rev. 1)
We believe man was created by God and in His image but are all sinners and separated from Him spiritually and eternally. (Rom. 5)
We believe that man, though sinfully separated, can be saved and restored to God through faith in Jesus Christ alone. (Eph. 2)
We believe that salvation is available by God’s gracious purpose through which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. (Rom. 8:28-39)
We believe baptism to be an act of obedience through which a believer in Christ symbolizes and bears witness to their faith by water immersion. (Acts 2:37-41)
We believe the Lord’s Supper is also a symbolic act through which participants remember Christ’s cross and resurrection, recognize their oneness as Christ’s body, and anticipate His second coming. (Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 10:16-21,11:23-29)
The Jenny Lind family chooses to be a cooperating church within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The SBC is a network of autonomous churches who voluntarily partner together in order to further the Gospel. The SBC is a national network of over 45,000 churches. We further organize ourselves through more localized associations for fellowship and greater ministry effectiveness. Our church is part of the Concord Baptist Association (CBA).
The churches that compose the SBC actively participates in the Cooperative Program (CP). Through the CP, each SBC church is able to play a much larger role than could be played individually. Each church decides what their CP gifts will consist of, and through CP participation actively support an incredible number of missionary and educational establishments all around the world.
While each SBC church is autonomous (self-governing), we have adopted a basic statement, or confession, of beliefs that helps us remain united around a common purpose. The confession is called The Baptist Faith & Message. This document has been minimally revised several times over the years to answer changing cultural shifts. The latest edition, which our church family holds as our official doctrinal statement, was adopted on June 14, 2000 (some of this document is briefly summarized above).