First Baptist Church

Growing in Grace for 112 Years

Our Faith

Scriptures

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and that it was verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is the final authority for faith and life. 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

The Godhead

We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and who have the same attributes and perfections. Deut. 6:4; Matt 28:19; John 17:5; 2 Cor. 13:14; Phil. 2:5-7.

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:1, 2, 14.

We believe that the Lord Jesus accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as our representative, once for all. His was a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice. Our justification is made sure by His literal, physical, bodily resurrection from the dead. Isaiah 53:5, 6; Romans 3:24, 25; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 2:24; Heb. 9:12; Heb. 10:7-10; 1 Peter 2-5.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our great High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Intercessor, Advocate, and the only Mediator between God and man. Acts 1:9, 10; Romans 8:34; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 4:14-16; Heb. 7:25; Heb. 9:24; 1 John 2:1, 2.

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment and is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, and indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. John 3:6, 7; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph 1:13, 14; Titus 3:5.

We believe that He is the Divine Teacher and Comforter who guides believers into all truth and is their source of power. It is the privilege and command of all the saved to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. John 14:16, 17, 26; John 16:13; Acts 1:8; Romans 6:11-23; Eph. 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27.

Man

We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man was created an eternal living soul in the state of innocence by the Godhead, in the image of God, and for the pleasure of God. We believe that, by man’s voluntary transgression, he fell, thus corrupting the stream of humanity at its fountainhead. We believe the whole of mankind is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. Gen. 1:27, Gen. 2:7; Gen 3:1-19; Jer. 17:9; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 12.

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God that is given apart from works or ordinances, brought to man by grace, and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. John 1:12; 1 Cor. 15:21, 22; Eph. 1:7; Eph. 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18, 19.

Assurance of the Believers

We believe it is the privilege of all believers who have been born again by the Spirit of God through faith in Jesus Christ to be assured of their salvation at the time they receive Him as their personal Savior. We believe that eternal life is their present possession in Christ, which is not based upon their own worthiness, but upon the finished work of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Word of God. John 5:24; Romans 8:1; Romans 8:33-39; 1 Cor. 3:15; Eph. 1:13, 14; Phil. 1:6; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 5:13.

However, God’s Word clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. Romans 13:13, 14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15.

The Two Natures of the Believer

We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, that God makes provision for the victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and that all claims to total eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. Romans 6:13; 8:12, 13; Ga. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Co. 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9.

Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Lord and Savior. We believe that separation from all religious apostasy and all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded by God. Romans 12:1, 2; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11.

The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of all of His gifts, that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today, and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign gifts gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. 1 Cor. 12:4-13; 1 Cor. 13:8; 1 Cor. 14:21, 22; 2 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12.

We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith for the sick and afflicted in accordance with His own will. John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15.

Ordinances

We believe that Christian baptism is a commandment of the Lord for the believer to be immersed in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful way an emblem of his faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior with its effect in his death to sin and his rising to newness of life in Christ. We believe that infant baptism is not scriptural, and therefore this practice will not be permitted in this church. Acts 8:36-39; Acts 16:31; Romans 6:3-5; Eph. 2:8, 9; Col. 2:12.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the death of Christ until He comes again and that it should always be preceded by self-examination. We believe that communion is for believers, and that in no way do the ordinances take away our sins. Matt. 26:17-30; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 5:7; 1 Cor. 11:20-34.

Dispensationalism

We believe in the dispensational view of Bible interpretation but reject the extreme teaching known as “hyper-dispensationalism,” such as the teaching which opposes either the Lord’s table or water baptism as a scriptural means of testimony for the Church in this age. Romans 6:14; Eph. 3:2-5.

The Rapture and Christ’s Return

We believe in that Blessed Hope, the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones, and in His subsequent physical, premillennial return to earth with His Saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom. Zech. 14:1-11; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 1:10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Thess. 5:9; Rev. 1:7; Rev. 3:10; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6.

The Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; John 11:25, 26; Rev. 20:5, 6, 10, 12, 13.

We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:16, 17.

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the resurrection of the lost. At this resurrection, soul and body will be reunited, they will appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and they will be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Cor. 5:11; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:10-15.