Our faith is anchored in the Bible, God’s Holy Word. At First Baptist we believe the Bible is the verbally inspired and infallible, authoritative Word of God; that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. We further believe that God has wonderfully preserved His Word in its smallest detail so that we might have His standard by which to live. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Matt. 24:35).
We believe there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4, 4:35; Matt. 3:16-17; Ps. 9:7; Jn. 10:30; Jn. 14:26; 1 Jn. 5:7).
We believe in the Deity of Christ; His virgin birth; His shed blood for atonement of sin; His bodily resurrection; His ascension into Heaven, there to be our Intercessor; His Lordship over all creation (Jn. 1: 1-3; 1 Jn. 1:7; Heb. 9:11, 12; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; Matt. 28:18, Phil. 2:9-11).
We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, makes believers children of God through the new birth, assuring them of Heaven, and by His indwelling enables Christians to live a Godly life (Jn. 16:8-11; Titus 3:5; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Rom. 8: 14, 16; Rom. 8: 1-4; Gal. 5:16; Eph. 5:9,18).
We believe that all men are sinners by nature and choice, sinful and lost, and have within themselves no possible means of salvation without Christ (Rom. 3:10, 23; Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:8-9; Eph. 2:1-3, 12; Titus 3:5).
We believe in Salvation by grace through faith; that Salvation is the free gift of God, not by any virtue or works of man, but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; and that all true believers possess the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, son-ship in the family of God, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish (Jn. 3:16; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Jn. 1:12; Jn. 10:28; Jn. 3:18).
We believe in the existence of Satan the deceiver and god of this present world; that he was defeated and judged at the cross, and therefore his final doom is certain (Jn. 8:44; Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-8; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; 1 Jn. 3:8; 1 Jn. 5:18; 1 Jn. 4:4; Rev. 20:10).
We believe in the return of Jesus Christ; the time being unrevealed but always imminent; that when He comes He will first by resurrection of the dead and the translation (rapture) of the living remove from the earth His waiting Church; then pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world, after- wards descend with His Church and establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all nations for a thousand years (Jn. 14:1-3; Acts 1: 11; 1 Thess. 4:13-1 8; 1 Cor. 15:51-57; Rev. 6-9; Rev. 19:11-20:6).
We believe that the spirits of the saved, at death, go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven; that at His coming their works will be judged and rewards determined; that the spirits of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hell until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, judged, and cast into the lake of fire, the place of final and everlasting punishment (2 Cor. 5:6-1 0; Luke 16:19-3 1; Rev. 20:11-15).
We believe in the priesthood of all believers, that Christ is our High Priest and through Him every born-again person has direct access into God’s presence without the need of a human priest; that the believer has the right and responsibility to personally study to learn the Scriptures, guided by the Holy Spirit (1 Pet. 2:9; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 7:17-28; Heb. 6:20; Heb. 4:14-16; Jn. 14:26; Jn. 16:13; 2 Pet. 1:19-21; 1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Tim. 2:15).
We believe that a New Testament Church is an organized body of born-again baptized believers practicing the scriptural ordinances and actively engaged in fulfilling the Great Commission. (Matt. 28:18-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-34)
- We believe the officers of the church are pastors and deacons. In Scripture the pastor is also referred to as an elder. The two terms describe the same office (1 Tim. 3:1-13; Phil. 1:4).
- We believe the ordinances of the church are Christian baptism and the Lord’s Table.
We believe in the Separation of Church and State; that God has ordained both, and has delegated authority to each; the authority of one must not interfere with the other; however, this does not mean that the State is to be non-religious nor does it mean that the church and its members may not be involved in the political processes of this nation (Matt. 16:18; Matt. 18:15-20; Rom. 13:1-7; Acts 2: 1-11, 41-47; Eph. 2:1-6).