What We Believe

Mission Statement

Acknowledging the Great Commission as the Lord’s mandate, the First Baptist Church exists to help make people devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

What We Believe

  1. We believe the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God, without any error, the all-sufficient authority in matters of faith, doctrine, and Christian living.
  2. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the Virgin Birth and sinless life of Jesus Christ, and that He is true God and man. We believe that He died on the cross for our sins, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father and is now our High Priest and Advocate.
  4. We believe that man, created in the image of God, fell into sin and therefore lost. Salvation and spiritual life is by the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit.
  5. We believe that eternal salvation is the free gift of God, entirely apart from man’s works, and is possessed by any and all who have faith in and receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
  6. We believe that baptism is by immersion and that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial to His suffering and death on the cross. These are ordinances to be observed by the church. They are, however, not to be regarded as means for man’s salvation.
  7. We believe in the personal, bodily, imminent, and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  8. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, the everlasting blessedness of the saved in heaven, and the everlasting separation and punishment of the unsaved in hell.
  9. We believe in the autonomy of the local church.
  10. We further subscribe to the “Baptist Faith and Message” adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000 as our larger statement of faith with scriptural references.
 

Core Values

  1.       We value the exaltation of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
  2.       We value the Bible as the Word of God.
  3.       We value the Holy Spirit to direct us and empower us in all that we do for God.
  4.       We value the Great Commission as the directive for the Church.
  5.       We value the priesthood of the believer.
  6.       We value the equality (rights and privileges) of every member.
  7.       We value the association and cooperation of every member contributing their gifts and talents to the ministry of the church.

 

Vision Statement

  1.      We envision the Gospel being presented to every unchurched person in our community.
  2.      We envision the “and God added unto the church daily such as should be saved” phenomena in our church.
  3.      We envision the creation and expansion of programs that will develop our people into devoted followers of Christ.
  4.      We envision a worship atmosphere that accommodates the different styles of worship, and produces praise that is neither coerced nor inhibited.
  5.      We envision sending out missionaries from our church into every part of the earth.
  6.      We envision community ministries that communicate the love of God without the pressure of coming to church.
  7.      We envision a larger and more modern facility that will accommodate the growth and activities of the church.
 
For more information, visit The Baptist Faith and Message.