1) American Baptists believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, and that the Bible is the divinely inspired word of God that serves as the final written authority for living out the Christian faith.
2) For American Baptists the local church is the fundamental unit of mission in denominational life.
3) American Baptists partake of two ordinances: believers’ baptism and The Lord’s Supper.
4) American Baptists believe that the committed individual Christian can and should approach God directly, and that individual gifts of ministry should be shared.
5) American Baptists take seriously