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Our Beliefs

I. Scripture
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God’s revelation of
Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation
for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter, and is inerrant in its original
text. It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end
of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human
conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ,
who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8;
Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts
2:16ff; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.


II. God/Trinity
There is one, and only one, living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal
Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness
and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge
extends to all things, past, present, and future. To Him, we owe the highest love, reverence, and
obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with
distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.


A. 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.


B. God the Son
Jesus Christ is the eternal, one and only Son of God. In His incarnation, Jesus Christ was
conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the
will of God, taking upon Himself the demands and necessities of human nature and
identifying Himself completely with mankind, yet without sin. He honored the divine law by
His personal obedience and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for
the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and
appeared to His disciples and many others as the person who was with them before His
crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father
where He is the Mediator, partaking of the nature of God and of man, and in whose Person He
accomplishes the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to
judge the world and consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as
the living and ever-present Lord.
Genesis 18:1ff; Psalms 2:7ff; 110:1ff; Isaiah 7:14,53: Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27;
17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27;
12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28: 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-
4; 3:23-26;5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9;
Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians
4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1
Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15;5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8;


C. God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the
Scriptures. Through illumination, He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He
convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to Jesus Christ as Savior, and
effects regeneration. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the
spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day
of final redemption. He dwells in all believers and His presence in the Christian is the
assurance of God to bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens
and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16;
4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26;
15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28;16:6; 19:1-6; Romans
8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1
Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13;
5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.


III. Man
Man was created by God in His image and is the crowning work of His creation. In the
beginning, man was innocent of sin and was endowed by His Creator with freedom of choice. By
his free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the
temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original
innocence; whereby all men inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin, and as soon
as they are capable of moral action become transgressors and are under condemnation. The
penalty of man’s sin is separation from God in an eternal place of torment called Hell. Only the
grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative
purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His
own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every man possesses dignity and is worthy
of respect and Christian love.
Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26;
Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25;8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31;15:19,21-
22; Ephesians 2:1-22: Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.


IV. Salvation
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus
Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.
In its broadest sense, salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification. There is
no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John
1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32;
Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; I Corinthians 1:18,30;
6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16;
Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.


A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new
creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through
conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the
Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance
is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and
commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.


B. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of
all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer into a
relationship of peace and favor with God.

C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set
apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual perfection
through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in the believer. Growth in
grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.


D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final state of believers with a new
and imperishable body.


E. God’s Purpose of Grace
God chose to bestow grace (unmerited favor) to believers by which He regenerates, sanctifies,
and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means
in connection with the end. It is a glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, Who is
infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable.


All true believers endure to the end. Those who have accepted Christ, and are sanctified by His
Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may
fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces
and comforts, bring reproach on the cause of Christ, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet
they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-8; 1 Samuel 8:4-7,19-22; Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 31:31ff; Matthew 16:18-19; 21:28-45; 24:22,31; 25:34; Luke 1:68-79; 2:29-32; 19:41-44; 24:44-48; John 1:12-14; 3:16; 5:24; 6:44-45,65; 10:27-29;15:16; 17:6,12,17-18; Acts 20:32; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-39; 10:12-15; 11:5-7,26-36; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 15:24-
28; Ephesians 1:4-23; 2:1-10; 3:1-11; Colossians 1:12-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2:10,19;
Hebrews 11:39-12:2; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:2-5,13; 2:4-10; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:19; 3:2.


VI. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Christian Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and
the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried,
and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk
in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to the believer’s faith in the final resurrection
of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is a prerequisite to the privileges of church
membership. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby believers, through
partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Lord Jesus Christ
and anticipate His second coming.
Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42;
8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.


VII. Marriage and Sexuality
“We believe that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by
God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.
Therefore, it is the congregation’s faith conviction based upon the authority of the Bible that only
scriptural weddings are permitted on the property of First Baptist Church and performed by its

“We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who
are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity
be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.”
“We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality,
bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or
disagreement with one’s biological sex, which is an infallible expression of God’s will, is sinful
and offensive to God.”
“We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of
Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is
imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers
or are members, should abide by and agree to this “Statement on Marriage and Sexuality”, and
conduct themselves accordingly.”
“We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin,
seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.”
“We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity.
Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated
and are not in accordance with Scripture nor the doctrines of the Church.”
Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:18-24; Genesis 5:2; Psalm 139:13-14; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6; Romans 9:20-21;Ephesians 4:17-18; Ephesians 5:28-31


VIII. Sanctity of Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of
inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or
mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death.
We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Psalm 139)


IX. Last Things
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According
to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will
be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to
Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified
bodies, will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke
12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-
28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff;
2 Thessalonians 1:7ff; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff;1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.


X. Final Church Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. It is the Bible itself, as the
inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality,
and the proper conduct of mankind. It is the source of all that we believe. For purposes of First
Baptist Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Ordained Pastors and
Deacons are FBC’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s application. However, only males
are biblically eligible for ordination to serve as pastors or deacons within FBC.


*This document references the Baptist Faith and Message 2000

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