1. The Belief in the Necessity of Personal Christian Experience.
  2. The belief that a personal relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, is essential for salvation (Rom. 5:1, 8:1, etc.). Baptists believe that the eternal quality of life is found through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and that nothing else is needed for that purpose.
  3. The belief that in the priesthood (or ministry) of all believers. (1 Tim. 2:5, 1 Pet. 2:4-9, Eph. 4:12, etc.). Baptists believe that all mature people are able to relate to God for themselves through faith in Jesus Christ and that it is their right to do so.
  4. The belief that the believer’s initiation into the Church of Jesus Christ is baptism by immersion.
  5. The belief that the church is composed of believers in Christ, of those who share the Christian experience (I Cor. 12:12-27, Eph.4:1-16). Baptists hold that all who believe in Christ are in His Church, and that local churches are groups of baptized believers united to worship God, to receive instruction in the faith, to enjoy supportive fellowship and to serve God and humanity as “the body of Christ”.