Vision & Mission

 

Tell – Teach – Transform

For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:10-11)

The very nature of First Baptist cannot be pinned to a building, an individual or programs. This church is about Jesus – it is about redemption and the reconciliation of our relationship to God through Christ. It is about this journey together!  Our vision strives to follow the command of Jesus to make disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20) This means that we are actively Telling our neighbors how they can receive the gift of eternal life. (Ephesians 2:8-9) It further means that we Teach the followers of Jesus (Ephesians 4:12) what the Bible says and how it applies to their lives so that they can continually be Transformed into the image of Christ! (Romans 8:29)

We accomplish this vision through:

Gospel focused worship

The gathering of the church  to worship God by remembering the gospel through preaching, teaching, telling, singing, praying and celebrating the ordinances of baptism and communion. This presents the opportunity for the church to remember, respond and rejoice in the work of our great King.
 

Gospel focused community

Though each Christian has a personal relationship with God, that relationship is not individual or private. The Christian faith is not intended to be lived in isolation. We were made for community with God and with each other. The local church is not merely a place that we attend but a people to whom we belong. Gospel focused community is a radical shift from a culture of mere attendance and casual involvement. Our Life Groups are a place where people can connect to our community. Groups are not perfect and those who participate in them will find them messy at times. However, our hope is that group members will be radically committed to being transformed from within. This takes time, prayer, effort, patience, love, trust and hope.
 

Gospel focused multiplication

Multiplication is the result of discipleship and transformation! Jesus issues the Great Commission for the church, which involves multiplication. We are to become better disciples through love for God and love for others by equipping and empowering others to do the same. We are called to growth as we tell the gospel of life to a lifeless world.  We multiply God’s kingdom by living with the purpose to make God known and enjoyed. From being missionaries to our neighbors and coworkers to being missionaries for a short or long-term mission trip, our lives have been infused with purpose and meaning. The disciple’s call is multiplication and replication through the gospel—for the glory of our great God.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We Believe

 

We believe:

 
 
the Scriptures are true, authoritative and sufficient.
 
there is only one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
 
all things exist for the glory of God.
   
all humanity—Christ excluded—is sinful by both birth and action.
 
the deserved penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death.
 
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human.
 
Jesus Christ died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin.
     
Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and will one day physically return.
   
there will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Only those who turn from sin and to Jesus in faith and repentance will be raised to eternal reward.
 
those who do not turn from sin and to Jesus will be raised to eternal punishment.
 
only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and repentance from sin can one be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy.
 

These doctrines are foundational to our understanding of the historic Christian faith and essential convictions for our unity as a local church. These statements are summaries, in large part, from a broader statement of faith, known as the Baptist Faith & Message  This is a historic statement of what most Baptists believe, and more importantly, a faithful witness to scriptural citrine.  If you are interested in discussing one of these foundational doctrines we encourage you to consult with one of our pastors.  

 

 
 

What is the Gospel?

The gospel is the historical narrative of God Himself orchestrating the reconciliation and redemption of a broken creation and fallen man, through the atoning life, death, resurrection and future return of Jesus by the power of the Spirit. God has entered the world in Jesus Christ to achieve a salvation that we could not achieve for ourselves which now converts and transforms individuals, forming them into a new humanity, and eventually will renew the whole world and all creation. This is the ‘good news’—the Gospel.
 
 
 

What is Reconciliation?

The common definition of reconciliation, as it relates to relationships, is the restoration of friendly relations. We see from this definition that the word restoration is part of reconciliation. However, the root of reconciliation is the word conciliation, which is the action of stopping someone from being angry. When we have reconciliation, it means that we restore our relationship to one that enables us to be compatible and friendly with one another again.  Reconciliation has its Biblical foundation in the atonement of Christ. Romans 5:9 says: “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” This is Reconciliation!
 
 

How to Become a Member

 
We take membership seriously. Committing yourself to a body of believers is weighty. But it’s also wonderful. When covenant members join, they commit to a spiritual family that provides encouragement and support. They are called to a biblical degree of responsibility, service and sacrifice to their brothers and sisters. Our pastors and leaders also pledge to assist our covenant members with care, counsel, prayer and teaching.
 
Covenant Membership class

As you think about making a decision to join the church, we offer a class that covers what it means to be a Covenant Member, as well as our mission and basic beliefs as Southern Baptists . We want you to know exactly what it means to join and what is required of you before asking you to make a decision. There are three steps to becoming a Covenant Member:

Saving Faith

Trusting in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins. This decision is the beginning of transformation as we learn what it means to follow Christ. (Acts 8:35-38)

Baptism by Immersion

Baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony of true conversion. We baptize by immersion because it is not only the original significance of the word but also best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points—our death and resurrection in Christ. (Romans 6:3-5)

Completion of Covenant Membership class

Classes are scheduled on a quarterly basis. Please contact church office to sign up!

 
 

What Is a Covenant?

A covenant is generally defined as “a written agreement or promise between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action.” Within the Scriptures, we find a number of examples of covenants between God and man, and between people themselves

Genesis 6; Genesis 9; Genesis 15; Ezekiel 20; Hosea 2; Jeremiah 31; Matthew 26

biblical covenants, one party binds his or herself to fulfill the obligations of both sides of the agreement. The marriage vows are a modern day example of the biblical idea of a covenant (for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health).
 
Call the FBC office at 352-796-6791 for the dates and times of our New Members Class.