First Baptist Church believes:
The Scriptures: The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is infallible. It is complete in 66 books. The scriptures are good for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. The Bible is the final authority and trustworthy for faith and practice. It is to be interpreted responsibly under the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit within the community of faith.
God: There is one true living God. He is eternal and reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. He changes not.
The Trinity (God the Father, Son, Holy Spirit): God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe and His creatures. The Father is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. The Son is Jesus Christ, who is the eternal, sinless Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He leads, guides and directs our paths. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Man/Woman: Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Therefore, all have sinned and are in need of salvation.
Salvation: Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood, obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
Sanctity of Life: We believe that human life must be respected and protected from the very moment of conception.
Eternity Security: The believer who has accepted Jesus Christ as their savior is eternally secure in the salvation. Salvation cannot be lost, as it is the gift of God.
The Church: The Church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. This church is an autonomous body. The New Testament speaks of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.
Baptism and Communion: Both baptism and communion are ordinances of the church. Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. Baptism is an act of obedience 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 the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. Communion is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church memorialize the death of the Lord Jesus and anticipate His second coming.
All are Gifted for Ministry: We believe that God endows each of us with gifts to be used in ministry in the world. These gifts are given indiscriminately of gender, race, culture, or class.
Satan: We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
Last Things / End Times: God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be condemned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Evangelism and Missions: FBC supports evangelism and the call to make disciples. Our church supports numerous missions. We can do more together, than by ourselves.
Our Church Doctrine:
The Family: God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.
This church accepts the New Testament as the basis of doctrine and practice. As a summary of principles for Christian conduct among its members, it adopts the following church covenant commonly accepted by Baptist churches:
- Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love:
- To strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; To promote its prosperity and spirituality; To sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; To give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; To contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
The membership of First Baptist Church believes that marriage is ordained by God to be between a man and a woman. Ref: Genesis 2:23-24. Like other sins, we profess our love and tolerance to the sinner while at the same time rejecting the sin.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion:
- To religiously educate our children; To seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; To walk circumspectly in the world; To be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; To avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; To abstain from the illegal sale and use of drugs; To abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour;
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love:
- To remember each other in prayer; To aid each other in sickness and distress; To cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; To be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the commandments of our Saviour, to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage, that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s word.