What We Believe

Summary of Beliefs

Southgate Baptist Church exists to glorify God and to make Christ-followers of all peoples. The following outlines the basics of Southgate Baptist Church's beliefs. If you’d like to read a full explanation of our beliefs, including supporting scripture references, please review our Articles of Faith.

  1. The Word of God
    We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, complete as the revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak.

  2. The Trinity
    We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that they are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct and harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.

  3. God the Father
    We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. He concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of men and women, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to him through Jesus Christ.

  4. Jesus Christ
    We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s eternal Son, and has precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He is not only true God, but true Man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe in his sinless life, his substitutionary atonement, his bodily resurrection from the dead, his ascension into heaven, his priestly intercession on behalf of his people, and his personal, visible, premillennial return from heaven.

  5. The Holy Spirit
    We believe in the Holy Spirit, his personality and his work in regeneration, sanctification, and preservation. His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and implement Christ’s work of redeeming the lost and empowering the believer for godly living and service.

  6. Humanity
    We believe God created humanity, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. We further believe all persons are sinners by nature and choice and are, therefore, spiritually dead. We also believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior.

  7. Salvation
    We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, and was purchased by Christ on the cross, and is received through faith apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We believe salvation results in righteous living, good works, and proper social concern.

  8. The Church
    We believe that the church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head and is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. This body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have been immersed upon a credible confession of faith and have associated themselves for worship, instruction, evangelism, and service. The ordinances of the local church are believers’ baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches and the mutual submission of Christians to each other in love.

  9. Last Things
    We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and lost, the eternal existence of all people in either heaven or hell, in divine judgments, rewards, and punishments.

Church Government

Southgate Baptist Church is an independent autonomous church subject only to Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church.

Those who covenant together as members are stewards together of God’s resources and work. These members hold final authority in all matters pertaining to church operation and policy, with each member personally responsible to uphold the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Godly men are elected as pastor-elders, some who serve vocationally as paid staff and others who serve voluntarily as lay leaders. You may meet our pastor-elders and learn about their leadership.

Godly men are elected as deacons, who serve and help meet the needs of the body of Christ at Southgate. You may meet our deacons and learn about their leadership.