Statement of Beliefs

The most important thing when looking for a church is knowing what they believe. This is why the following statements are helpful. They express what a church believes Scripture teaches. Our Statement of Beliefs is not meant to be an exhaustive statement of all doctrine, but a summary of some essential elements of the Christian faith laid out in Scripture

It is our common affirmation of these statements that holds our fellowship in unity and guards the purity of our church. The Statement of Beliefs below reveals First Baptist Church to be a historically Christian, evangelical, and Baptist church.

First Baptist Church is a church under the lordship of Jesus Christ. Like our Savior, we are committed to contending for the faith with conviction and charity.

THE BIBLE

We believe that the Holy Bible, consisting of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, alone is the Word of God, being fully written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Written by divinely inspired men, it has God as its author. By virtue of its divine authorship and expression of God’s revelation to us, all Scripture is totally true and possesses the supreme right to command what we are to believe and how we are to live

GOD

We believe that there is one living and true God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfections and being infinite in them all. To Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, trust, and obedience. God eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is fully God and fully man. We believe in His sinless life, miracles, and teachings. Jesus Christ died for our sins, He was bodily resurrected from the dead, He ascended into heaven, He dwells there now as our Advocate, and He will personally, visibly return to earth one day.

HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.

MANKIND

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death that is separation from God; that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and therefore are sinners in thought, word and deed.

SALVATION

We believe salvation is by God’s grace alone, through Christ’s blood alone, by the Holy Spirit’s work alone. Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures as a substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are redeemed wholly on the grounds of His shed blood. There is no salvation apart from repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification.

REGENERATION

We believe regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. Repentance and faith are inseparable from the experience of regeneration.

JUSTIFICATION

We believe justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made, not by anything done by them, but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receive His righteousness by grace alone through faith alone.

SANCTIFICATION

We believe that those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God’s Word and the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in delightful obedience to all Christ’s commands.

GLORIFICATION

We believe that glorification is the final step and application of redemption. It is the final, blessed and eternal state of all the redeemed. Once Jesus Christ returns, the redeemed are given perfect resurrection bodies like His own, and they dwell with God forevermore.

THE CHURCH

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body comprised of Christians for all time who have been loved and saved by Jesus, of which the Lord Jesus Christ is the head and all persons are members. We believe in the autonomous local church, consisting of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, who have given a profession of faith and have joined together for worship, discipleship, community, and spreading of the gospel.

THE ORDINANCES

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit in testimony of faith in the crucified, buried and risen Christ, and in confession that the believer is to be dead to sin and risen to newness of life in Christ Jesus. The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ to commemorate His death, to affirm God’s grace to believers, to be a pledge and renewal of their faith, communion with Him and common love for each other. These two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

THE LAST THINGS

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of his kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, hell as the eternal reality of those who reject Christ, and heaven and everlasting joy as the eternal reality of the righteous who have trusted Christ.