We are a community of hope committed to doing "whatever it takes" to bring people to Christ and to equip them so that they might go out and bring others to Christ and to a relationship with this family of faith and friends.
First Baptist Church exists to bring people to Jesus and Fellowship in His family, develop them to Christ-like Maturity, equip them to Serve in the church and Minister in the world, in order to Magnify God.
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God. The Bible is a written record of God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is the final authority for faith and life. It is inerrant in the original writings, complete in its revelation, and final in its content. II Tim. 3:16, II Pet. 1:20-21, Matt. 5:17-18, Deut. 4:1-2, Ps. 89:34, Ps. 19:7-10, Heb. 4:12, II Pet. 1:19-21
We believe there is only one true God. He is the creator of heaven and earth, manifesting Himself in three eternally existing persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. Deut. 6:4, Isa. 9:6, Jn. 14:9, II Cor. 13:14, Gen. 1:1-2
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin in order to reveal God and redeem man. While living on earth He identified Himself completely with mankind, yet was without sin. He gave Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for all man’s sin through the shedding of His blood on the cross. Our justification is made sure by His bodily resurrection from the dead. Witnessed by many, the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God. As our high priest, the Lord Jesus Christ is our intercessor, and advocate until He returns in power and glory to judge the world and redeem His saints. Jn. 1:1-14, Lk. 1;35, II Cor. 5:2, Jn. 10:35, Heb. 10:10-14, Heb. 9:12-28, I Pet. 2:24, I Pet. 1:3-5, Acts 1:9-11, Heb. 7:25, Rom. 8:34, I Jn. 2:1-2, I Jn. 3:2, I Thes. 1:10, I Thes. 4:13-18, II Thes. 2:1-8, Rev. 19:11-16
We believe the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He restrains evil and regenerates all who believe in Christ. Indwells, anoints and seals the saved, baptizing them into the body of Christ. He empowers the Christian to live and witness for Christ. The Holy Spirit inspired holy men of God to write the scriptures and enables men to understand the truth. Jn. 16:8-11, II Thes. 2:7, Rom. 8:9, I Cor. 12:13, I Jn. 2:20-27, Eph. 1:13-14, Eph. 4:30, Eph. 5:18, Gal. 5:16, Acts 1:8, II Pet. 1:21, I Cor. 6:19, Jn. 16:13
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God. By man’s own choice he sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. By this act, he inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God. In and of himself, man is totally unable to remedy his lost condition. Gen. 1:26-27, Gen. 2:5-7, Gen. 2:18-22, Rom. 3:22-23, Rom. 5:12, Eph. 2:1-3,12
We believe that salvation is the gift of God’s grace. It cannot be gained or made more secure by meritorious work, but is freely bestowed upon all who repent and put their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. The moment someone trusts in Christ’s payment for sin, they are no longer condemned, but have everlasting life. They are born into the family of God, indwelt by the Spirit of God, and kept by the power of God. Jn. 1:12, Eph. 2:8-9, Eph. 1:7, Jn. 3:16-18, Titus 3:5, Jn. 10:28
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. John 10:29; 2 Tim. 1:12; Heb. 7:25; 10:10,14; 1 Pet. 1:3-5
We believe baptism by immersion is an act of obedience to Christ for those who have already put their trust in Him. It is symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior; the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ. Mark 1:9, Lk. 3:21-22, Acts 2:41-42, Acts 8:35-39, Acts 16:30-33, Rom. 6:3-5, Col. 2:12
We believe the New Testament talks of two definitions of the Church. The first definition includes all believers who have placed their faith in the completed work of Christ. Acts 2:1-4, I Cor. 12-13, Eph. 4:4-5
The second definition of the Church is a local body of baptized believers who are all associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel. The Church is to be committed to His teachings, worship, praise, prayer, encouragement, and seeking to extend the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth. The Church is an autonomous body free to conduct its own mission and business without interference from any other church or denominational structure. Acts 2:42-47, Heb. 10:22-25, Eph. 4:7,11-15
The Lord’s Supper
We believe the Lord’s Supper is observed in obedience to Christ’s command. It is a memorial event of the death of Christ and is open to all believers in Christ. Matt. 26:26-28, I Cor. 11:23-34, Acts 20:7