Smith Street 
Baptist Church
Loving God. Loving People. Making Disciples.

What Do We at SSBC Believe?

"Watch your life and your doctrine closely.  Continue in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers."  1 Timothy 4:16

At Smith Street Baptist Church we approach beliefs by narrowing our focus to Four Essential Truths/Pillars. While we have many other preferences and practices, these are the four that our ministry hinges on. In these essential beliefs, we have unity as a church. In other non-essential beliefs, we embrace diversity. While in all of our beliefs, we show charity.  Along with these beliegs, we subscribe to the beliefs found in The Baptist Faith and Message, 2000 Edition.

The Four Tenants

1. The Bible is the Word of God.

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16

The Bible is both our guidebook for practical living and is our spiritual communication from God that provides us strength. The Bible is the inerrant, complete, inspired and unchanging word of God. At SSBC we make the Bible a part of our daily lives by reading through it annually as a congregation, using the One Year Bible.

2. Jesus is the Son of God.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Jesus is the reason for everything we do. We believe that Jesus was born of a virgin as the Son of God. We believe that Jesus was crucified for the forgiveness of the sins of humanity and that He rose from the dead three days later. Jesus was both fully man and fully God. While Jesus was a prophet, a teacher and a good man, He is also the supernatural Son of God.

3. You must be born again .

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16


“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25

In a culture that sees various methods of avenues to be connected to God, Smith Street Baptist Church believes that Jesus is the only way to access forgiveness and eternal life in God. We believe that every person is born into sin; believing in and accepting the grace of Jesus is the only way to gain forgiveness from sin. Every person can be forgiven and born again.

4. The Purpose of the Church is to Make Disciples, Baptize and Teach Them to Obey Christ's Commands

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20

While there are so many other miraculous things that can and will take place when a person is obedient to the Holy Spirit, we believe that the purpose of the church is found in Jesus' Great Commission.  If the church is not working towards seeking and leading the lost to Jesus, the rest of her work is in vain. It may sound harsh to suggest that telling someone about Jesus is more important than helping them with temporal issues. While that may be theologically true, we believe that doing both is in their best interest and fulfills the purpose of the church.