We believe God has called us to connect REAL people to Jesus through REAL relationships. Our mission statement reflects both the Great Commandment of Matthew 22:37-38 which is:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’"
and the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20 which is “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Great Commandment and Great Commission are inseparable for us. We happen to believe that our strongest and most effective witness to our world is a community of Christ-followers who love God and actually love one another authentically, and who are willing to share that love with real people in our world.
How do we disciple real people so that they end up contributing to the mission of Christ? Here at First Baptist what we call our “3 C’s” is an attempt to capture in broad strokes, the essential steps of our discipleship strategy. Our 3 C’s are:
- Disciple people to grow in their CONNECTION to the body of Christ through participation in a Lifegroup.
- Disciple people to grow in their COMMITTMENT to the person of Christ through corporate and personal worship.
- Disciple people to grow in their CONTRIBUTION to the mission of Christ through "gift-given"—not "guilt-driven"—ministry.
The following four values are what fuel us and guide us toward the mission God has given us.
Meeting life’s messiness head on by applying Jesus’ transforming truth to our lives.
Experiencing God’s unconditional love and generously reflecting this love to others.
Growing meaningful relationships centered on Christ and built to last.
Using God’s gifts to interact with and impact people for Jesus.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe the Bible—all sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament—is the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
We believe there is one true holy God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit—each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity.
We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Word of God who was united with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all by dying on the cross as our substitute, for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He, the only Mediator between God and us, continually makes intercession for us and will return to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply to our lives the saving work of Christ. He awakens in us a recognition of our need of a Savior, regenerates us, permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength and wisdom, guides believers in understanding and applying the Scripture, and uniquely graces each believer with gifts for the purpose of continuing the mission of Christ.
We believe the central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Himself. Originally created to have fellowship with God, we defied God, choosing to go our independent way, and as a result are alienated from God. Salvation is offered to us, wholly as a work of God’s free grace; not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness, and is personally appropriated by repentance and faith.
We believe that here is one true universal church, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The local expression of the church called “the body of Christ” is to serve together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying God by advancing the mission of Christ.