Our statement is not a “creed.” In a sense, the whole Bible is our creed. We recognize the existence of many differences in interpretation among genuine Christians. We are, however, convinced that to avoid a looseness which might result in the admission to Salem Sayers Baptist Academy of unbelievers and/or even Christians, who are unprepared to cooperate with the Academy and with the work to which God has called us, certain minimum Biblical doctrinal criteria must be established.
These statements follow:
-We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God and that it is our only rule in matters of faith and practice.
-We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
-We believe in the creative acts of God and that man was created by a direct act of God and in the image of God.
-We believe that Adam and Eve, in yielding to the temptation of Satan, became fallen creatures.
(a) in the Deity of Jesus Christ and His sinless life(John 10:33);
(b) that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 7:14);
(c) that He was born of the virgin Mary (Matthew1:23);
(d) that He performed miracles (John 2:11);
(e) in His vicarious and atoning death (Ephesians 1:7);
(f) in His bodily resurrection (John 11:25);
(g) in His ascension to the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor (Mark 16:19);
(h) in the imminent, personal return in power and glory of Jesus (Acts 1:11).
-We believe in the necessity of the New Birth, and that this New Birth is through the regeneration by the Holy Spirit. Because man is lost and sinful, he needs the salvation offered in this New Birth. Man is saved by faith in Christ, and Christ alone (John 3).
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
-We believe that heaven and hell are real and definite places.
-We believe that the New Testament Church is the Bride of Christ and the vehicle through which the work of Christ is carried on in this present age. Therefore, we believe that all born-again men and women will be active in and supportive of the local church through prayer, attendance, services, and tithes.
-We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in Christ.
-We believe that teaching and learning should be accomplished through the cooperative effort of teachers and parents, for the Bible places primary responsibility for the total education of the child upon the parents. Teachers are there to assist in the learning process. (Verses such as Job 8:10 and Proverbs 22:6 teach their role.)