What We Believe

God: God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has always existed in three persons. These three have distinct personalities but are co-equal and are one God.

God the Father: He is the one and only true God, the creator of everything. He relates to His people as Father and is the Redeemer of mankind.

God the Son; Jesus Christ: Jesus became God in human flesh for one and only one reason. To be crucified for our sins and to be resurrected to change the world. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

God the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit convicts the unsaved. He also empowers the believer from the moment of salvation. The Christian seeks to be filled with the Holy Spirit daily. Genesis 1:1-2, Deuteronomy 6:4, Psalm 4:1, Jeremiah 10:10, Matthew 1:23, John 1:1-2, 14, 16:8, Hebrews 1:1-3

The Church: The church is composed of all believers of all the ages. There is the universal church and the local church. The local church is a body of baptized believers joined together to do the work of Jesus Christ here on this earth and to encourage one another. There are five purposes of the church: Worship, Evangelism, Discipleship, Fellowship and Ministry. Matthew 16:18, Matthew 20:26-28, 28:19-20, John 4:19-24, Acts 2:42, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, Colossians 1:14-19

Eternity: We were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God in Hell or in the presence of God in heaven. Both heaven and hell are places of eternal existence. John 3:16, Romans 6:23, 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13. Revelation 20:15

The Bible: The Bible is God’s Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God it is truth without any mixture of error. The Bible is the foundation of faith and practice for the First Baptist Church. II Timothy 3:14-4:2, John 17:17, 1Peter 1:23, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Psalm 119:105

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper: According to the Bible, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances of the church. Baptism is a person’s public profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Immersion is the Biblical method of Baptism. The Lord’s Supper is to be observed in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Both ordinances remind us of the sacrifice of Jesus and His soon return. Matthew 26:26,28; 28:19-20, Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Spiritual Gifts: Spiritual gifts are God-given abilities for service. Every believer has at least one gift and no believer has all the gifts. All the gifts work together and are for the benefit of the entire body of Christ. Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28-30, Ephesians 4:11, 1 Peter 4:11

Angels: Angels are created beings sent to serve the saints. Most angels appear as ordinary men and usually come with a message from God to men. Isaiah 37:36, Acts 5:17-20, 12:5-11, 27:22-26, Hebrews 1:13-14, 13:2, Revelation 5:11

Salvation: Salvation is a free gift from God to us. Salvation is only by faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We can never make up for our own sins. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Once a person has received God’s free gift, it can never be taken away. Matthew 7:13, John 3:3,16; 10:28-29; 14:6, Acts 2:21, 4:8-12, Roman 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-10