Mission & vision
and how has He equipped us to achieve them:
Our mission is to do the will of Him who saved us and by God’s grace to accomplish His work. (John 4:34; Mt. 28:18-20)
Statement of Faith
First Baptist Church’s Statement of Faith represents what we believe to be core elements of Biblical teaching. These beliefs shape the way that we are led and the direction this church is headed. Complementary to these, we believe and confess the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Chalcedonian Creed are faithful, comprehensive, and reliable expositions of Biblical teaching.
We believe in one God, who is infinitely perfect and is eternally existing harmoniously in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, each of whom is fully God, yet there is one God.
We believe in God the Father, the Creator of heaven and earth who continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events.
We believe in God the Son – God from God – eternally begotten but not made, who in history assumed to Himself a human nature for the sake of our salvation. He – Jesus – is fully God and fully man. Through Him, all things came into being and were created. He was before all things, and in Him, all things hold together by the word of His power. Because of His great love for His creation, He took on flesh, being born of a virgin, He suffered for our sins, died in our place, was buried, resurrected, ascended and sits at the right hand of the Father until He returns for the final judgment and completion of the Kingdom.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit who eternally proceeds from and is sent by the Father and the Son to give new life. The Holy Spirit unites believers to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about spiritual birth, dwells within the regenerate and He leads the Church into a right understanding of God’s Word and rich application of its truth.
(Gen. 1:1-31; 1 Chr. 29:11; John 1:14, 5:22-23, 15:26-27; Eph. 1:13-14, 3:9; Col. 1:15-20; Heb. 1:3)
We believe in the Holy Bible – the 66 canonical books of the Old and New Testaments – is the inspired Word of God. God-breathed, the original penned words of Scripture are authoritative, objective, infallible, complete and absolutely without error. The Bible equips true believers who obey and trust all that it commands and promises, as they grow in relationship with its core author: God, and become witnesses of the gospel and disciples of Christ.
(Rom. 10:14-17; 1 Cor. 2:7-14; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
The Human Condition
God made humanity—male and female—in His own image. Set apart as His image bearers, every human being is sacred. All men and all women, bearing the image of God, are meant to represent God in His creation. God declares the created order to be very good, distinguishing men and women as His agents to care for, manage and govern over it. They enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagement in family, church and civic life. Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union in the covenant of marriage that establishes the only God-ordained pattern of sexual relations for men and women. In God’s wise purposes, men and women are not simply interchangeable, but rather they complement each other in mutually enriching ways.
(Gen. 1:27-30; 1 Cor. 10:31)
Through the temptation of Satan, humanity transgressed the command of God and fell from their original holiness and righteousness. Now the entire human race inherits a corrupt nature that is opposed to God and His law. Therefore, all humans are under condemnation. This depravity is radical and pervasive. It extends to the mind, will, body and affections. Unregenerate humanity lives under the dominion of sin and Satan. He is at enmity with God, hostile toward and hateful of God.
(Gen. 3; Rom. 3:9-20; Eph. 2:1-3)
We believe that, due to universal death through sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again; that salvation is only by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ; and that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ through faith are declared righteous by God and become children of God.
We believe the Scriptures teach that regeneration, or the new birth, is that act of God by which the Holy Spirit imparts a new nature and a new spiritual life, not before possessed, and the person becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus. The mind is given a holy disposition and a new desire to serve God, the dominion of sin is broken, and the heart is transformed from a love of sin and self to a love of holiness and God.
(John 3:5-8; Gal. 2:20; Heb. 10:19-25)
God, by His Word and Spirit, creates the Church, calling sinful humanity into the fellowship of Christ’s body. By the same Word and Spirit, He guides and preserves that newly redeemed humanity. The Church is made up of those who have become genuine followers of Jesus Christ and have personally appropriated the gospel. The Church exists to worship and glorify God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The ministry of the Church is an extension of the ministry of Jesus in the power of the Spirit.
The ultimate mission of the Church is to bring glory to God by making disciples. The Church is called to make disciples through worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances, fellowship, the exercise of our gifts and talents, and the proclamation of the gospel both in our community and throughout the world.
We believe there are two ordinances of the Church. One is that of believer’s baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and the other is the Lord’s Supper.
Water baptism is only intended for those who have received the saving benefits of Christ through the new birth of the Holy Spirit. In obedience to Christ’s command and as a testimony to God, the Church, oneself and the world, believers are baptized by water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that a former way of life has been put to death and vividly depicts the release from the mastery of Satan, sin and death.
As with water baptism, the Lord’s Supper is to be observed only by those who have become genuine followers of Christ. This ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the shedding of His blood on our behalf and is to be observed repeatedly throughout the Christian life as a sign of continued participation in the atoning benefits of Christ’s death. As we come to the table with an attitude of faith and self-examination, we remember and proclaim the death of Christ, receive spiritual nourishment for our souls and signify our unity with other members of Christ’s body.
(Matt. 28:18-20; 1 Cor. 12:12-31)
Universal Reconciliation & Renewal
The reconciliation of all things includes the future, physical, visible, personal and glorious return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead and the glorification of those alive in Christ, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. In this time, Satan, with his hosts and all those outside Christ, is finally separated from the benevolent presence of God, enduring eternal punishment, but the righteous, in glorious bodies, will live and reign with Him forever, serving Him and giving Him unending praise and glory. Then the eager expectation of creation will be fulfilled, and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God, who makes all things new.
(Rev. 20:7-15, 21:1-5)
Baptism by Immersion
In the New Testament, we find the precedent of baptism by immersion into water following conversion. This practice is symbolic only; depicting the believer’s union to Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
(Matt. 28:19; Acts 22:16; Rom. 6:1-14)
Our Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as defined by the 66 canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind and is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For the purposes of First Baptist Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, behavioral standards, policy, and discipline, our Board of Deacons is the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.