Statement of Faith

Last updated April 29, 2024.

Fitzhugh Baptist Church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) of churches.  

We uphold the Baptist Faith and Message (BFM 2000) as adopted by the SBC in the year 2000 and amended by SBC action in 2023. 

We believe:

  • The whole Bible to be the inspired Word of God. (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16)
  • In the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (1 John 5:7; Matthew 3:16-17)
  • In the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 7:14)
  • That Christ died for our sins that He might bring us to God. (2 Peter 3:16; Hebrews 9:12)
  • That Christ arose from the grave on the third day. (Mark 16:6; Matthew 28:6)
  • Ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of God. (John3:13; John 20:17; Acts 10:4)
  • That Jesus Christ will come again. (Acts 1:11; 1 Peter 1:23)
  • That salvation comes only by being born again. (John 3:3; Peter 1:23)
  • That every born-again soul should declare his faith by being baptized (immersed in water). (Acts 8:36-37; Acts 16:31-33)
In the blessed assurance and eternal security of all who have been born again. (1 John 5:13; John 10:28)
  • That saved people should live separate lives. (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 6:17)
  • That the ordinances of the church are believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19; 26:26-30)

Other doctrinal statements that Fitzhugh Baptist Church affirms:

The Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy

The Nashville Statement on Marriage and Sexuality

In our theological understanding, we acknowledge three levels of significance regarding doctrines:

Core doctrines define us as Christians, meaning that adherence to these beliefs is essential for being a Christian. Core doctrines encompass the Gospel, including specific beliefs about God, humanity, the person and work of Jesus Christ, and our response to God in light of the Gospel.

Characteristic doctrines define the beliefs of Fitzhugh Baptist Church as a local congregation. While these are areas of agreement among our church members, they may differ from those of other Christian churches. Many of these doctrines contribute to the distinctions between various Protestant denominations within Christianity.

Charity doctrines are held with a spirit of grace and love toward those who may hold differing views. These are doctrines on which members within the local church may disagree while still maintaining fellowship and unity.