Core Values express how we live out our faith in Jesus Christ. These values guide, direct and represent how we do what we do.
Here at First Baptist, what we believe is the foundation for all we do cooperatively as a church and individually in our personal lives. Beliefs lead to values, and values are demonstrated through action. We want to help strengthen your belief in Christ so that your values are in line with what the Word of God teaches.
We are called to impact our world by encouraging people to develop a relationship with Christ and prepare them for a lifetime of ministry within the local church. To accomplish this, we seek to equip Christians to live lifestyles that are . . .
- True to God’s Word
- Submitted to the Holy Spirit
- Faithful in personal ministry
- Bold in outreach
. . . and in so doing, fulfill our ministry in the larger body of Christ.
ALL FOR ONE
Unity centered on Jesus and our core beliefs
Living a life marked by prayer and integrity
GROW TO GO
Remaining teachable to become usable
LIVE TO GIVE
Stewarding our lives for eternity
A PASSION FOR PEOPLE
Impacting humanity with the love of God
We Believe in the Bible: 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the complete, divinely inspired, infallible Word of God. The Bible is the supreme authority and guide for our Christian faith and living.
We believe in the Godhead: Colossians 2:2-3
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the Father: Colossians 1:16-17
The first person of the Godhead orders and directs all things according to His own purpose and pleasure. He authored, created and sustains all things in the universe without any means other than His own pure power. By His grace, He involves Himself in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all that come to Him through Jesus Christ.
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ: Romans 5:8 & John 3:16
He exists eternally as the second person of the Godhead. By His virgin birth, He came to earth as fully God and fully man, living a sinless life. His death on the cross made atonement for man's sin, evidenced by His bodily resurrection from the dead. He physically ascended to the right hand of God the Father, and He will return in power and glory.
We believe in the Holy Spirit: 1 Corinthians 3:16 & John 16:13
The third person of the Godhead convicts men of sin, regenerates, baptizes, indwells, instructs and sets apart believers unto a holy life. We encourage all believers to seek a life of obedience to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We believe this step is essential for empowering believers for victorious living and ministry through the gifts given by the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the nature of man: Romans 3:23-24
Man was directly created in God's image and voluntarily fell into sin by personal disobedience to the will of God; consequently, all men are spiritually dead apart from Jesus Christ. The fall of man was a once-for-all historical fact. Its effect spread to all men, each of whom is born with a sinful nature and is in need of salvation.
We believe in salvation John 14:6 & Ephesians 2:8-9
We believe salvation is by grace, a gift of God apart from works. Salvation requires repentance; a turning from one’s own way to God’s way. Jesus Christ and all who receive Him are born-again, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and become the children of God. We will manifest true salvation by a changed life.
We believe in the church: Ephesians 1:23 & Ephesians 4:16
The Church is the body of believers consisting of all born-again persons without respect to race, culture, or background. Directed by Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, the Church is taking the good news of salvation to the whole world.
Our Fellowship is inclusive rather than exclusive and stresses love for God and one another, the unity of all believers, and obedience to the Holy Spirit.
We Believe in Eternal Life: John 14:2-3 & Revelation 20:15
In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you.
And when I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.
And if anyone’s [name] was not found recorded in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire.