Our Beliefs and Core Purposes


Our Purpose

The Building up of the body of Christ in unity of the faith, knowledge, and love; to prepare one another for service and to mature spiritually.

Core Values

1. Bibically Based

We believe the Bible is completely accurate and is our authority regarding the Christian life. Practical, constructed teaching is the foundation for transformation in a persons life.

2. Atmosphere of Love and Grace

We believe God loves all people. We want everyone to experience the love and grace of God freely that He freely bestows on us all.

3. Youth Ministries

We believe children and teenagers should be seen and heard. We are committed to reaching, encouraging, and mentoring the youth in our church.

4. Discipleship

We believe in helping one another in our devotion to Christ.

 


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH STATEMENT OF FAITH

  1. THE SCRIPTURES

 

We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God without error in the original writings and that this divine inspiring extends equally to each word and to all parts of the sixty-six books of the Bible, and is to be taken in its natural and literal sense (2 Peter 3:15:17).  We believe that all the Scriptures both the Old and New Testament are the believer’s sole authority, useful for teaching, correcting and training in righteousness

(2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2).

 

  1. THE TRUE GOD

 

We believe there is only one living and true God (Romans 3:30) existing as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew. 3:16-17) and all members of the Godhead are equal in every divine perfection and are worthy of all honor (Colossians 2:9; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

 

We believe that the Father is the source of all things and the One Who sent the Son as His gift into the world (John 1:1, 14-18).

 

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, eternal and equal with the Father, born of the Virgin Mary, and that He is both true God and true man  (Matthew 1:18-24).

 

We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sin on our behalf (Romans 5:1, 8).

 

We believe that Jesus Christ rose physically from the dead and ascended to the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 1:3), where He is now ministering on our behalf (Hebrews 7:25).

 

We believe that Jesus Christ will receive us unto Himself at His coming and will return to establish His earthly kingdom (Revelation 20:1-6).

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person Who is co-equal with the Father and Son and that He was active in creation, convicts the world of sin, reveals Christ (John 14:26, 16:8-9), restrains the evil one until God’s purposes are accomplished, and

unites all believers as one body along with such work as indwelling, empowering, and gifting (1 Corinthians 12:4-11).

 

We believe that revelatory and sign gifts of the Holy Spirit were given to the early church for the primary purpose of authenticating its ministry.

 

 

  1. CREATION

 

We believe that man is the product of the direct creative act of God, made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27).

 

We believe in the sanctity of human life which begins at the point of conception (Jeremiah 1:5).

 

We believe that all sexual relationships must pattern themselves after a faithful heterosexual relationship within marriage (Genesis 2:24).

 

  1. MAN/SIN

 

We believe that man fell from his original position through sin and, as a consequence, became separated from God in fellowship and became subject to the power of Satan (Genesis 3, Romans 3:23).

 

We believe that sin has been transmitted to the entire human race so that every child of Adam is born into the world with a fallen nature devoid of spiritual life and no power to recover oneself from this condition (Romans 5:12-14).

 

  1. SALVATION AND NEW BIRTH

 

We believe man is powerless to reconcile himself to God and  therefore salvation is entirely of God, by grace, through personal faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) in the death and resurrection of Christ, wholly apart from any human merit, works, or foreseen faith (Ephesians 2:1-8; Titus 3:5-6).

 

We believe that believers were chosen sovereignly by God before the foundation of the world for salvation and are enabled by the Spirit to believe (Ephesians 1:4-14).

 

We believe that the new nature and eternal life are communicated to believers by a supernatural work of the Spirit (II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:9-10).

 

We believe that believers have a right standing before God in that their sins were put on Christ and His righteousness was accredited to us (2 Corinthians 5:21).

 

We believe that all believers were set apart at the point of salvation (I Peter 1:2) and the believer is progressively brought closer to conformity to the holiness of God (I Peter 1:15), a process culminating at the return of Christ (Philippians 1:6).

 

We believe that all who are truly born again will be kept by Christ and will persevere in faith unto the day of complete redemption (John 10:27-29; Romans 8:33-39).

 

 

  1. THE CHURCH

 

We believe that all who are united to the risen and ascended Son of God (Romans 6:3-4) are members of the universal church.

 

We believe the local church is a congregation of baptized believers, in fellowship with one another, associated in the faith, the body of truth embodied in Scripture, for the spreading of the gospel, and worship of God (Acts 2:41-42).

 

We believe that the ordinances of the church are baptism by immersion (Acts 8:36-38) as the identifying symbol of one’s belief in Christ’s death and resurrection and communion which is a commemoration of Christ’s death until He comes (1 Corinthians 11:23-28).

 

We believe the church has the responsibility to take the gospel message to all nations of the earth (Matthew 28:18-20) and to be salt and light in the world (Matthew 5:13-16).

 

We believe in separation from all sinful practices (I Peter 1:16) while separating ourselves onto God (1 John 2:15-17).

 

  1. ANGELS

 

We believe angels are spirit beings created to serve and worship God (Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 5:11).

 

We believe Satan was created holy but rebelled against the Creator involving numerous angels in his fall (Revelation 12:7-9) and introducing sin to the human race by the temptation of our first parents (Genesis 3:1-5).

 

We believe Satan was defeated in the death of Christ (Hebrews 2:14-15) and will be tormented forever (Revelation 20:7-10).

 

We believe Satan’s control over Christians is limited to external influences which may be resisted by the believer (1 Corinthians 10:13).

 

  1. FUTURE EVENTS

 

We believe in the any moment coming of Jesus Christ for His church at which time all church saints will be raised and glorified (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-54; Philippians 3:20-21; Revelation 3:10).

 

We believe that Christ will return at the second coming to set up His kingdom (Revelation 19:11-16), to overthrow Satan (Revelation 20:1-7), and to re-gather Israel to their promised land (Genesis 17:6-8; Ezekiel 37:21-23).

 

We believe in the physical resurrection of all the dead: the saved to life eternal and the unsaved to eternal judgment and separation from God in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15).

We believe following the judgment of the lost, God will create a new heaven and a new earth where He will dwell with His people forever (Revelation 21:1-3).