Our Beliefs

The following comprise the Scriptural beliefs of First Baptist Church and its members.  All church and ministries associated are subject to this statement of faith.

The Bible

We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to be the Word of God.  We believe the Bible to be verbally inspired (God-breathed); the holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.  We believe the Bible to be the complete and final revelation of God’s will to man. (II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 3:16, Revelation 22:18-19.)

God

We believe that there is one God; that this one God, eternally existing, has revealed Himself as a Trinity in unity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; three persons and yet, one God.  (Matthew 28:19, I Corinthians 8:6, John 10:30.)

Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ to be the divine Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary without an earthly father, conceived by the Holy Spirit.  We believe Jesus Christ is Himself very God, having existed from all eternity; that He took upon Himself flesh to become a substitutionary sacrifice for sin, having died upon the cross, rose again the third day and is now at the right hand of God the Father as our interceding High Priest.  (Luke 1:35, John 1:1, 14, Philippians 2:6-8, Hebrews 7:25.)

Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit to be a divine person, equal with the Father, and equal with the Son.  We believe He was active in creation; that in this present age He restrains the evil one; that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness and bears witness to the true Gospel; that He is the agent of the new birth; that He seals, witnesses, guides and helps the believers. John 3:5,6, John 14:26, John 16:8, Ephesians 1:13-14, II Thessalonians 2:7.)

Satan

We believe in the personality of Satan who was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors.  We believe that he fell through pride, that he is now the prince of the power of the air; that he is destined to suffer the torments of eternal hell. (Isaiah 14:12-15, Ephesians 2:2, Psalms 33:6.)

CREATION

We believe that this world was created as recorded in the Book of Genesis; that all things were made by Him and for Him’ that by the word of His mouth all things exist. (Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 11, Psalms 33:6.)

Fall of Man

We believe that man was created innocent by God; that he, by voluntary choice, sinned and fell and, as a result, all mankind are now sinners and under condemnation; that Adam by his sin, apart from redemption, would have reaped not only physical death but also spiritual death and that he was under just condemnation without defense or excuse. (Genesis 3:1-6, Romans 1:18, 32, Romans 5:12, Romans 3:9-18.)

Atonement

We believe that Jesus Christ, having offered Himself as a voluntary sacrifice for sin, made sufficient payment for the sins of the whole world. We believe that on Calvary He took the sinner’s place and, by shedding His blood, gained forgiveness of sin for all those who believe.  (John 10:18, I John 2:2, I Peter 2:14, & 3:18.)

New Birth

We believe that a man must be born again in order to be saved; that he is born again by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior; that his new creation is the act of God as described in John 1:13 and that this new birth manifests itself by the passing away of old things and the rejoicing in the new.  (John 3:3, I John 5:1, II Corinthians 5:17)

Salvation

We believe that salvation is extended to “whosoever will” and nothing hinders the sinner from becoming saved but his own sin and stubbornness:  that no human being who desires to be saved and complies with the necessary terms of the Gospel will ever be lost.  (John 3:16, John 6:37 & 40)

Justification

We believe that a sinner is justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ without the deeds of the law; that justification is the blessing of God bestowed upon all believers and that He gives us His righteousness. Justification includes the pardon of sin and the crediting of a righteous standing to the believer.  (Romans 3:28, I Corinthians 6:11, Romans 3:22-28, Romans 41-5.)

Repentance and Faith

We believe those who desire to be saved must first repent of their sins and turn by faith to the Lord Jesus Christ.  (Acts 2:38, John 8:24, Acts 17:30.)

The Church

  • We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again believers. (I Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27.)
  • We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament.  (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11.)
  • We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or controls, and any affiliations, societies, organizations, associations, or agencies this church affiliates with to further the objectives stated in the Purpose Statement are not authoritative in matters of church practice or belief. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Pet. 5:1-4.)

Baptism and Lords Supper

We believe in believer’s baptism by immersion (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 8:36-38, Acts 9:18) the element of water baptism does not save the sinner but is a voluntary external testimony to the work which the Holy Spirit has already done in the heart of the believer. 1 Corinthians 12:12

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a command given to the church.  It is to be a time of remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ and a time of self-examination for the believer.  The physical elements of the bread and the fruit of the vine are not the actual body and blood of Christ but are symbolic of Christ’s body broken for us and His blood shed for the remission of in. (I Corinthians 11:23-29, Hebrews 9:22.)

Separation

We believe that believers should maintain a godly testimony and live in such a way that their lives do not bring reproach upon their Savior. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances, piercings, and bodily markings. We stand against any and all worldly philosophies that seek to destroy or undermine the truth of Biblical Christianity. (Lev. 19:28; Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11.)

Civil Government

We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions:  1) the home, 2) the church, and 3) the state.  Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word.  God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other.  The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14)

Human Sexuality and Marriage

  • We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between one man and one woman.  We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance.  (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1: 26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4.)
  • We believe that the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman.  (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23.)

Family Relations

  • We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church.  The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church.  Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church. (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12.)
  • We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society.  The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church.  The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ.  Children are a heritage from the Lord.  Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction.  (Gen. 1:26-28; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mk. 10:6-12; 1 Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4, Col. 3:18-21; Heb. 13:4; 1 Pet. 3:1-7.)

Abortion

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being.  Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life.  Abortion is murder.  We reject any teaching that abortions due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the physical or mental well-being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44.)

Euthanasia


We believe that the direct taking of innocent human life is a moral evil, regardless of the intention.  Life is a gift of God and must be respected from conception until natural death.  Thus we believe that an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder contrary to the will of God.  Discontinuing medical procedures that are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be a legitimate refusal of over-zealous treatment (Ex. 20:13, 23:7; Matt. 5:21; Acts 17:28.)

Missions

We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ, we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20.)

Perseverance of the Saints

We believe that every born again believer is eternally saved the moment he receives Christ as his Savior; that his continuation in the Christian life is guaranteed by the Lord and his life is sealed by the Holy Spirit.  (John 3:16, John 5:24, I Peter 1: 18-19, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30, John 10:28).

Second Coming of Christ

We believe that our Lord shall come before the Millennium; that at His coming in the clouds the saints shall be raptured and the dead in Christ shall rise first.  We believe His coming precedes the Tribulation.  We believe that at the close of the Tribulation Christ shall come with His saints to execute judgment upon the ungodly and shall establish His kingdom upon the earth.  (Titus 2:13, Matthew 24, I Thessalonians 4:14-18, I Thessalonians 1:1, Jude 15, Revelation 20:4-6.)

Eternal Punishment 

We believe that God has prepared a place of eternal torment for the Devil and his angels called the Lake of Fire.  All persons who reject the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior will be cast into hell, and then after the final judgment will join the Devil and his angels in the Lake of Fire.  This punishment will mean eternal separation from God.  (Mark 9:43:48, Luke 16:19-31, Revelation 20:10-15.)

Heaven 

We believe that heaven is the dwelling place of God who has prepared it as a place for all who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior. It is a place of eternal peace joy, sinlessness, and uninterrupted fellowship with God. (John 14:1-6, Revelation 22, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, I Corinthians 15:51-54, II Corinthians 12:1-4.)

The Resurrection

We believe in the literal bodily resurrection of all men, those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life in the presence of God, and for those who do not believe to eternal suffering and separation from God.  (John 5:28, John 11:23-26, Revelation 20:12-15, I John 3:2, Daniel 12:2, I Corinthians 15:23, 51,-54, I Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Authority Of Statement of Faith

The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe.  We do believe, however, that the foregoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teachings of the Bible and, therefore, is binding upon all members. All literature, whether print or electronic, used in the church shall be in complete agreement with the Statement of Faith.