We'd love to just tell you we believe the Bible and be done with it. However, we find that if 10 different people read the Bible we sometimes get 12 different opinions about what it means. With that in mind, some interpretation of the scriptures is necessary. Even within our local church, we don't agree on everything. We do believe that it is important to agree on some key things however.
Southern Baptist have agreed on a statement of faith, based on a holistic view of scripture, that explains the key areas that we agree on. That statement is called The Baptist Faith and Message. For a quick summary of what most Southern Baptist believe click here.
This statement also provides guidance to seminaries and mission agencies to make sure that our agencies are teaching is in line with those key items that most of us agree on. This statement is not a creed, because we do not believe the scriptures should be subjugated to other writings.