Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions. Based on what the Bible teaches, we believe very strongly about the following seven practices:

Following the Bible as our sole authority.

Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is what does the Bible say? We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.

“... and now from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” II Timothy 3:15

Autonomy of the local church for ministry and direction.

Christ is the recognized head of our church. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control.

“Christ is the head of His Body, the Church. He is the source of the Body’s life ...” Colossians 1:18

Priesthood of every believer through serving, Bible study and prayer.

The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to full-time Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.

“Christ loves us, and by His death He has freed us from our sins and made us a Kingdom of Priests to serve God ...” Revelation 1:6

“You are ... the King’s priests ... God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God.” I Peter 2:9

Tithing

At Southside Baptist Church we practice tithing for the support of Christ’s Body, the Church, as God commands. We recognize that giving at least 10% of our income is the Biblical standard of giving.

“A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” Leviticus 27:30

Immersion

We practice baptism by immersion under water — the way Jesus was baptized, and the way the Bible commands.

“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ ...” Colossians 2:12

Spirit-led living

(Jesus said) “I am the Vine, you are the branches. If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; but apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Telling others about Christ

It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those God brings us into contact with. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to church.

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” I Peter 3:15

Baptism

Baptism expresses publicly what you have experienced personally as you committed your life to Jesus Christ.

Why do I need to be Baptized?

 TO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE SET BY JESUS

- "At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan." Mark 1:9

 BECAUSE CHRIST COMMANDED IT

- “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, 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

 IT IS MY PUBLIC PROFESSION OF FAITH

- "... many of the people who heard Him believed and were baptized." Acts 18:8 "We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands." I John 2:3