What We Believe About God
First Baptist is a Church with a long history and an exciting future. We believe that it is God’s will for His church to be a light in a dark world. Here at First Baptist, we are committed to spreading that light.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
About the Bible
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.
About the Church
The church consists of all believers but is expressed by a local body of baptized believers with Jesus Christ as the Head.
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.
About Human Beings
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.
Water baptism is an act of obedience and symbolic of the work of Christ in the life of the believer and is by immersion after salvation.
About 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.
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.
Prayer is the communication line between God and the believer. Every believer has direct access to God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and is in no need of anything or anyone else for that access. We believe that prayer is essential in everyday life. It is our way of telling God that we trust Him and need Him for everything.