Who We Are
“Loving God, loving one another, and loving the world.”
A Different Way to Be Baptist
We are proud to be Baptists. Baptists have a long tradition built on a simple idea of soul freedom: Out of God’s love revealed in Jesus, God offers freedom of the soul to respond to Jesus’ calling in our lives.
Our Baptist forefathers and foremothers proclaimed that faith is a matter of personal conviction, and that no one – not government, minister, denomination, nor even family – can determine another person’s faith.
We live this through several key beliefs:
- We believe in salvation thorough Jesus’ life, death, and his glorious resurrection and his calling for us to share that Good News with the world.
- We believe in Bible freedom. We believe in the priesthood of every believer where you can interpret the Bible with the guiding of the Holy Spirit without interference from any entity or person.
- We believe in church freedom. First Baptist Church is free to follow Christ’s leading without interference from others. We choose with whom we cooperate to live out Christ’s mission, and we choose for ourselves all matters of being church. For instance, our church has ordained women in leadership for decades as we follow Christ’s calling.
- We believe in religious freedom – even for those with whom we disagree. We welcome diversity of opinion as brothers and sisters that can disagree agreeably, and we trust our members to come to their own political convictions. We cherish religious liberty and the separation of church and state.
- We strive to be graceful. All are welcome as we live Jesus’ words to “Come unto me.”
- We believe in heaven, but, until then, we are to be fully engaged in making a real difference in this very real world.
Thus, for us, the Kingdom of God is both a present and future reality.
Please note our thanks to Walter Shurden, The Baptist Identity: Four Fragile Freedoms.