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Seventh Day Baptists consider liberty of thought under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to be essential to Christian belief and practice. Therefore we encourage the unhindered study and open discussion of Scripture. We uphold the individual’s freedom of conscience in seeking to determine and obey the will of God. The following statement is not intended to be exhaustive, but is an expression of our common belief, which is derived from our understanding of Scripture.

2 Corinthians 3:17-182 Timothy 2:15Romans 12:2Ephesians 4:3-615Romans 10:172 Timothy 3:16-17

SDB Beliefs


We believe in one God, infinite and perfect, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe who exists eternally in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and desires to share His love in a personal relationship with everyone. 1 Timothy 1:17Deuteronomy 6:41 Kings 8:271 John 1:5Genesis 1:1-2Acts 17:24-2528Psalm 90:1-2Matthew 28:19John 3:16Isaiah 57:152 Peter 3:9.

The Father

We believe in God the Father, who is sovereign over all, and is loving and just as He forgives the repentant and condemns the unrepentant.

1 Corinthians 8:6Ephesians 4:6Ezekiel 33:112 Thessalonians 1:6-8John 5:24John 3:16-18

The Son

We believe in God the Son, who became incarnate in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. He gave Himself on the cross as the complete and final sacrifice for sin. As our Risen Lord, He is the mediator between God the Father and mankind. We believe that Jesus Christ, in keeping with His promise, will return suddenly, personally and visibly, at a time known only by God.

John 1:34Hebrews 1:3John 1:14-18Romans 1:3-41 John 3:161 Peter 2:24Hebrews 10:10-141 Corinthians 15:20-211 Timothy 2:5John 14:61 John 2:1-2Mark 13:32-33Revelation22:71220

The Holy Spirit

We believe in God the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, who gives spiritual birth to believers lives within them, and empowers them for witnessing and service. We believe the Holy Spirit inspired the Scriptures, convicts of sin and instructs in righteousness.

John 14:163:5-814:17Romans 5:51 Corinthians 12:4-72 Peter 1:20-21John 16:7-11

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is our final authority in matters of faith and practice. We believe that Jesus Christ, in His life and teachings as recorded in the Bible, is the supreme interpreter of God’s will for mankind.

2 Peter 1:20-21Romans 3:22 Peter 3:1-215-162 Timothy 3:14-17Matthew 5:17-19Psalm 119:105John 20:30-31Hebrews 1:1-2


We believe that mankind was created in the image of God and is therefore the noblest work of creation. We believe that human beings have moral responsibility and are created to enjoy both divine and human fellowship as children of God.

Genesis 1:26-27Psalm 8:3-9Micah 6:8Matthew 5:44-481 John 1:3John 1:12

Sin and Salvation

We believe that sin is disobedience to God and failure to live according to His will. Because of sin all people have separated themselves from God. We believe that because we are sinners, we are in need of a Savior. We believe that salvation from sin and death is the gift of God by redeeming love accomplished by Christ’s death and resurrection, and is received only by repentance and faith in Him. We believe that all who repent of their sin and receive Christ as Savior will not be punished at the final judgment but enjoy eternal life.

1 John 3:4-5Romans 3:23-25Isaiah 59:21 John 1:8-10Romans 5:6-8Romans 6:23Hebrews 10:10-141 Peter 1:3John 3:16-1836Ephesians 2:8-9John 14:6Matthew 25:41-46Romans 5:10

Eternal Life

We believe that Jesus rose from the dead and lives eternally with the Father, and that He will come again with power and great glory. We believe that eternal life begins in knowing God through a commitment to Jesus Christ. We believe that because He died and lives again, resurrection with spiritual and imperishable bodies is the gift of God to believers.

1 Corinthians 15:3-420-23John 14:1-3Matthew 24:30Titus 2:13John 17:31 John 5:11-131 Corinthians 15:42-44John 10:27-28John 6:40

The Church

We believe that the church of God is all believers gathered by the Holy Spirit and joined into one body, of which Christ is the Head. We believe that the local church is a community of believers organized in covenant relationship for worship, fellowship and service, practicing and proclaiming common convictions, while growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We believe in the priesthood of all believers and practice the autonomy of the local congregation, as we seek to work in association with others for more effective witness.

Acts 20:281 Corinthians 12:131427Romans 12:4-5Colossians 1:18Acts 2:42Ephesians 2:19-22Romans 15:5-7Ephesians 4:11-162 Peter 3:181 Peter 2:4-10Matthew 18:20Hebrews 10:24-25


We believe that baptism of believers in obedience to Christ’s command is a witness to the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe in baptism by immersion as a symbol of death to sin, a pledge to a new life in Him.

Romans 6:3-4Matthew 28:19-20Acts 2:41Colossians 2:12Romans 6:11Galatians 3:26-27

The Lord’s Supper

We believe that the Lord’s Supper commemorates the suffering and death of our Redeemer until He comes, and is a symbol of union in Christ and a pledge of renewed allegiance to our risen Lord.

Mark 14:22-25Matthew 26:26-291 Corinthians 10:16-1711:23-30


We believe that baptism of believers in obedience to Christ’s command is a witness to the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe in baptism by immersion as a symbol of death to sin, a pledge to a new life in Him.

Romans 6:3-4Matthew 28:19-20Acts 2:41Colossians 2:12Romans 6:11Galatians 3:26-27


We believe that the Sabbath of the Bible, the seventh day of the week, is sacred time, a gift of God to all people, instituted at creation, affirmed in the Ten Commandments and reaffirmed in the teaching and example of Jesus and the apostles. We believe that the gift of Sabbath rest is an experience of God’s eternal presence with His people. We believe that in obedience to God and in loving response to His grace in Christ, the Sabbath should be faithfully observed as a day of rest, worship, and celebration.

Genesis 2:2-3Exodus 16:23-30Exodus 20:8-11Matthew 5:17-19Mark 2:27-28Luke 4:16Acts 13:1442-4416:11-1317:2-318:4-11Ezekiel 20:19-20Hebrews 4:9-10John 14:15Isaiah 58:13-14Luke 23:56


We believe that Jesus Christ commissions us to proclaim the Gospel, to make disciples, to baptize and to teach observance of all that He has commanded. We are called to be witnesses for Christ throughout the world and in all human relationships.

Matthew 24:14Acts 1:8Matthew 28:18-202 Corinthians 4:1-25-61 Peter 3:152 Corinthians 5:17-20Ephesians 6:14-20


Church Covenant


We give ourselves unto the Lord, and to one another, to be guided and governed by one another according to the word of God.



We do promise and engage to walk in all holiness, Godliness, humility and brotherly love as much as in us lies, to render our communion delightful to God, comfortable to ourselves, and lovely to the rest of the Lord’s people.



We do promise to watch over each other’s conversation, and not suffer sin upon our brother, as God shall reveal it to any of us; and to stir up one another to love and good works with meekness, according to the rules left to us by Christ in that behalf.



We do promise in a special manner to pray for one another, and for the glory and increase of this church, and for the presence of God in it, and the pouring forth of his Spirit on it, and protection over it for his glory.



We do promise to bear one another’s burdens, to cleave to one another, and to have fellowship with one another in all conditions, both outward and inward, that God in his providence shall cast any of us into.



We do promise to bear with one another’s weaknesses, failings, and infirmities, with tenderness; not revealing them to any without the church, nor to any within, unless according to Christ’s rule and the order of the Gospel provided in that case.



We do promise to strive together for the truth of the Gospel and purity of God’s word and ordinances, to avoid cause of differences and envying, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.



We do promise to meet together on the Sabbath Day and other times as the Lord shall give us opportunity, to serve and glorify God in the way of His worship, to edify one another, and to contrive the good of the church.



We promise, according to our ability, or as God shall bless us with the good things of this world, to communicate to our pastor or minister, God having ordained that they that preach the gospel should live by the gospel.


These and other gospel duties we humbly submit to; promising and purposing to perform, not in our own strength, being conscious of our own weakness, but in the blessed strength of God, whose we are and whom we desire to serve; to whom be glory now and forever.  Amen.

      This is the covenant we now solemnly enter into in the love and fear of God.


Note: This covenant was first signed in 1774 when the church (established in 1750) was still located in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.  In 1789 the church members migrated west, and in 1792 this covenant was renewed when the church began meeting at New Salem, Virginia (now Salem, West Virginia).  It continues to be the Salem Church Covenant, renewed each year on Covenant Renewal Sabbath and each time we receive a new member.  The ancient-sounding language reminds us of ageless truths, the strong foundation on which we build.

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