Why Do We Exist As A Church?
Mission: First Baptist Church exists to love God, love our neighbors and love the nations by reaching those who are far from Christ and making them mature followers of Jesus.
How do we get there: This means we center everything on Jesus and the Gospel, Jesus is our focus as we reach unbelievers, mature believers, and multiply leaders.
Help people trust and treasure Jesus above all
Motivate people to follow Jesus by grace
Pray to the Father for Spirit empowered focus on Jesus
Encourage others to worship God through their actions, lifestyle, and work
Encourage each believer to live missionally where they live, work, and play
Help individuals and groups to reach people contextually
Translate terms and preaching for unbelievers
Root members in gospel essentials
Form self-feeding disciples in the spiritual disciplines
Serve the body in love and teamwork
Each member is developed in head, heart, and hands
Preach expositional messages in worship services
Train for kingdom living: work, home, money, justice, etc.
Develop and Multiply Elders and Leaders to Stay
Develop and Multiply Leaders to Go
1 Mk. 1:14-15; Mt. 13:44; Lk. 24:25-27, 32-33; Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:15-16, 20-21; Col. 1:5-6, 18; 1 Jn. 4:10-12;
2 Mt. 4:19; 1 Cor. 9:22-23; Acts 4:31; Col. 4:2-6;
3 Mt. 28:18-20; Mk. 3:14; Eph. 3:14-21; 4:11-16; 5:17-21; Col. 3:14-17; 4:12-13; 2 Tim. 3:16-4:2;
4 Mk. 3:14; Lk. 6:12-14; Acts 13:1-4; 2 Tim. 1:3; 2:1-2; Titus 1:5-9;
The Essentials We Believe
We believe the following essentials of Christian doctrine. Aside from the beliefs listed here, we find unity.
God the Father
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
God the Son
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
For a full explanation of beliefs see the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message – http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000.