First Baptist Church About Us About Us Visiting Mission and Values What We Believe Staff Ministries Sermons Connect Events Bulletins Video Archive Live Stream Live Stream Contact What We Believe GOD We believe in one God who makes Himself known in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.God the Father is the God of the Bible who created all that exists, created man for his His pleasure and fellowship, and who is holy, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and loving. Out of the Father was begotten the Son, Jesus Christ.JESUSThe Son, Jesus Christ, is eternally existent. He came to earth as a baby born to Mary of Nazareth through a miraculous conception. He lived a sinless life, died a vicarious death on the cross to take the penalty of man's sin, and arose bodily from the grave on the third day after His crucifixion. He ascended to the Father after showing Himself to many witnesses and giving instructions to his disciples. He lives and reigns with the Father in heaven. He will return to the earth bodily to receive his own and take them with Him to their eternal home. He will judge his disciples according to their works and give them their eternal rewards.THE HOLY SPIRITThe Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, and sanctifies the Christians and convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He gives and empowers spiritual gifts and produces spiritual fruit in Christians. He inspired the authors of Holy Scripture. He guides, comforts, strengthens, and encourages ChristiansTHE BIBLEThe Bible was inspired by God and written by men. It is composed of two parts - the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament is made up of 39 books and was the Bible Jesus knew and used in his earthly ministry. The 27 books of the New Testament were selected over a period of time by the early church because their message and teachings are consistent with the preaching and teaching of the apostles of Jesus.The Bible contains truth without any mixture of error. It is true in all matters it addresses. It is authoritative for all matters of faith and contains the way of salvation, instructions for the life of the church, answers for every spiritual need, and the message of God's love for humankind. We believe the Bible is without error, never failing and all sufficient. No other book is considered Holy Scripture by the church of Jesus Christ.HUMANKINDHumankind was created as a special act of God as recorded in the Book of Genesis. All were derived from Adam and Eve, the first two people in the world. We are the highest created being on earth and the only being capable of a personal relationship with God. Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, all people inherit the sin of Adam, and are therefore sinners (Romans 5). We are separated from a personal relationship with God and condemned to an eternity of punishment separated from God because of his sin.SALVATIONSalvation is an act of God's grace whereby God forgives a person's sin and places the Holy Spirit in his heart. We receive salvation and thereby enter into a relationship with God because of the work of Jesus Christ in his death and resurrection. This salvation is eternal and is received through faith alone in Jesus alone.THE CHURCHThe Church is both local and universal. On earth the church is a group of Christians united for worship, fellowship, ministry, edification, and evangelism. A local church meets regularly, usually at least weekly, to accomplish these purposes. The universal church is made up of all Christians of all time. In scripture, the church is also known as the "body of Christ" and the "Bride of Christ". Churches may form denominations, associations, and conventions to accomplish their work together. Leadership and decision making in the local church is varied. In the New Testament there are two distinct offices of leadership- Pastor (interchangeable term with Elder and Bishop) and Deacon. Others may be lay leaders in the church including staff members who function according to the needs of the church.