Pristine Grace

Thirteenth Street Baptist Church
Our Creed
by Jim Byrd
Thirteenth Street Baptist Church

     Our church has been entrusted with the delightful duty to proclaim, promote and preserve the truth of God. What is our creed; what, in short, are our beliefs?

  1. Scripture alone. We do not bow to the writings of men to guide us in doctrine and practice. We cannot wholeheartedly support the old confessions of faith written by well-meaning, but sinful men. There are no Baptist denominational rules that govern this church. We look to “the Word of Truth,” the inspired Scriptures as the sole foundation and guide for all that we believe and do. “Thus saith the Lord,” taken in its context, governs our beliefs, values, convictions and practices.
  2. Christ alone. There is but one Savior, one Sacrifice for sins, one Substitute for sinners, one Mediator, one God-Man, one Law-Keeper, one Door, one Way to God, one Truth, one Life, one Righteousness, one blood that pardoned sin and one Name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. The Name of the One who saved His people by the sacrifice of Himself is Jesus Christ the Lord. We declare His person, the Son of God and the Son of Man. We proclaim His successful redemption of all those given to Him by the Father in the everlasting council of peace. And we declare His exaltation, He is the resurrected, sovereign Lord Who does His will throughout His vast creation and who will come again someday to gather His people unto Himself and judge the wicked by the standard of His own righteousness.
  3. Grace alone. The sovereign grace of God, not the works or will of the sinner, is the cause of salvation. All who are saved were chosen unto salvation in grace, justified by grace, sanctified by grace, redeemed in grace, called in grace, preserved by grace and shall be glorified by grace. “For by grace ye are saved” (Ephesians 2:5). Our testimony is the same as that of the apostle Paul. “By the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Co 15:10). It was grace that wrote our names in the Lamb’s Book of Life, grace that sent the Savior to save us from our sins, grace that commissioned the Holy Spirit to send us the message of the gospel and grace that enabled us to receive Him of whom we heard. It is grace that keeps us “looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
  4. Faith alone. There is one outstanding mark of having been regenerated by the Spirit of God - faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our hope, confidence, life, joy and our all. His gospel is our message, His glory is our goal, His blood is our atonement, His righteousness is our comeliness, love for Him is our motivation for service and His people constitute our family.