Jack Graham's beliefs
There is only one living and eternal God. He reveals Himself to us as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who subsist in unity and also as three separate, but distinct Persons.
God the Father
God the Father providentially reigns governing His universe, His creatures, and the flow of human history. He is Father in truth and grace to those who become His children through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.
God as Son
Jesus Christ is God's eternal Son who was born of a virgin as both God and man, lived a sinless life, died to atone for the sins of human beings, was buried, arose from the grave, ascended into heaven and will literally return to earth one day.
God as Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the helper, assistant, counselor, and instructor of the triune Godhead. His work is to reveal Christ, convict of sin, lead to repentance, comfort, strengthen, sanctify the soul, and guide believers in worship, evangelism, and service.
Human beings are the special creations of God, made in His image. Through the first man, Adam, man sinned against God and brought sin into humanity. As a result, all human beings are sinners and are in need of salvation through Christ's death on the cross.
Salvation is a gift from God to mankind and is free to all who will accept it. It involves the redemption of man through repentance and placing one's faith in Jesus Christ. Every person who is truly saved will spend eternity in heaven, while those who die in their unconfessed sins will spend eternity in hell.
Baptism occurs by immersion in water after salvation and is done in obedience to the command of Jesus Christ. It symbolizes our death to sin, our burial of the old life, resurrection to walk in newness of life, and our faith in our Savior who was crucified,
The church is a local body of baptized believers. The New Testament speaks of the church as the body of Christ, which includes all members of all ages, with Christ as the Head.
The Scriptures are God-breathed and written by men divinely inspired. It is God's revelation of Himself to man and is an infallible, inerrant treasure of instruction and truth. God is its author, salvation is its end, and truth is its matter.
Jack Graham's beliefs are in conjunction with those of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). For more information, please visit the SBC website where you may view the "Baptist Faith and Message" (www.sbc.net).