The First Baptist Church Statement of Faith
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tested.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; Matthew 5:18-19; Proverbs 30:5-6; Revelation 22:18-19; Romans 2:12; Psalm 119:4
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one God, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; who exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection.
Nehemiah 9:6; Deuteronomy 6:4-7; Revelation 4:8,11; Matthew 28:19, John 15:26
God the father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff; 20:1ff; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3, 15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7
We believe the Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ is truly the Son of the Living God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect and sinless life on earth, was crucified and died on the cross, freely accepting God’s judgment upon our sins that we might be pardoned. He was resurrected on the third day for our eternal salvation and, after showing Himself to His followers, He returned to heaven where He lives as our advocate before God. He will come again to earth, personally and visibly, to judge the living and the dead, and to establish the new heaven and earth in which His people will live forever.
Matthew 1:18-21; 16:16; 28:1-10; John 1:1-14; 14:1-6, 9; 1 Peter 2:22-24; Isaiah 9:6-7; 53:4-6; Acts 1:9-11; 2 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:15-16; 7:25; Acts 17:31; 1 Corinthians 15:20-58
THE holy spirit
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Holy Spirit reveals Christ to people and abides in all who have accepted Christ as Savior and Lord, granting them a new spiritual birth, enabling believers to will and act according to God's good purpose.
Joel 2:28-29; John 16:5-15; 1 Corinthians 12:3-31; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 3:3; Philippians 2:12-13
We believe the Scriptures teach that although the human race was created in God’s image as the free, rational guardian of God’s creation, living in loving relationship with God, we have rebelled against God’s created order. Therefore all people are now sinners by choice and inclination, and are condemned by God’s law to spiritual death and eternal separation from God.
Genesis 1:26-28; 3:1-24; Romans 1:18-32; 3:23; 5:12; 6:23
We believe the Scriptures teach that salvation is a gracious gift of God, offered on the basis of Christ’s atoning death and received through faith. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16-18; 14:6; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:1-2; 8:1; Isaiah 1:18; 45:22
We believe the Scriptures teach that the church is the body of Christ composed of believers associated for worship, instruction, fellowship, and service, and to proclaim the gospel to all nations. The church meets for worship on the first day of the week, which is the Lord’s Day, given to us by God for our physical and spiritual renewal. We observe two ordinances; believers baptism by immersion as a testimony to our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior; and the Lord’s supper; in remembrance of Christ’s body which was broken, and His blood which was shed for us until He comes again.
Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:3-4; Acts 4:32-33; 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Hebrews 10:25; Exodus 20:8-10; Matthew 24:27, 36, 42
God has ordained the family as the foundation institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. children are to honor and obey their parents.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6, 15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15, 17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8, 14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7
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