At First Baptist Church, we believe that the Bible is from God and that the Bible is true. According to the Bible, the following is the Truth that we, as a church walk in:
The Holy Bible is the inspired word of God and is the basis for any statement of faith. The Church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of The Baptist Faith and Message, as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention on June 14, 2000. This church shall be composed of baptized believers in Christ who agree with this doctrinal statement. We band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ—personally committed to sharing the Good News of salvation to lost mankind.
According to the Bible, the following is the Truth in which we walk as a Church:
The Bible’s Infallibility – From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is God’s Story and is infallible in all that it teaches. It is entirely true in all to which it speaks. It is alive today and is actively speaking to each one of us about Jesus’ will for each of our lives. (2 Timothy 3:14, 16)
The Holy Trinity – God is three persons in one: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He exists as all three for all eternity. In the Church age, the Son is seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. The Holy Spirit is the “sent one” living in all believers and giving power to the local church to build God’s Kingdom. (John 1:1-14, Romans 8:9, John 14:16-17, Genesis 1:26)
Jesus Christ – Jesus has existed eternally and is divine. He became man to accomplish our salvation when He was crucified and resurrected. He is both 100 percent God and 100 percent Man, with no confusion. He lived a sinless life, was prophesied since the beginning of time, and was born of a virgin. (Gen 3:15, John 1:1-14, John 14:6)
Christ’s Impact – Jesus’s death and resurrection on the third day is what provides salvation to those who repent and believe. Christ’s work brings man free salvation and the assurance of resurrection in the future—accessed only by faith. This work brought us God’s grace. (John 3:16)
Man Is Fallen – Man is made in God’s image. Since the first man, Adam, sin has corrupted God’s image inside every human being. Man is not able to please God, apart from faith. Through faith in Jesus Christ, however, each person has tremendous potential due to the Holy Spirit’s power living inside them. (Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 1, John 15:1-17, Hebrews 11:6)
Eternal Security – Believers who have truly repented and believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior are eternally forgiven. Jesus’s death pays the sin-debt for a person’s sin-condition. Paying for the sin-condition means past, present, and future sins are paid-in-full. (John 10:28-30, Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 3:3, Romans 8:28-39, Romans 6:1-23)
The Local Church – After Jesus’s ascension, His Church is the world’s only hope. His Holy Spirit works through believers to build His Church, whose mission is to expand God’s Kingdom until His return. (I Corinthians 12:12-31, Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 2:11-22, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 17:1-26)
Christ’s Second Coming – Jesus will return and rid the world of evil. He will come at an unknown and undisclosed time. He waits to return so that as many as possible can come to salvation in Jesus Christ. At the end of time, Heaven and Earth will be recreated. Jesus will judge those whose names are written in the Book of Life for how they grew God’s Kingdom to determine their eternal rewards. (I Peter 5:9, Acts 1:6-11, Matthew 24:1-51, Revelation 20:1-22:21)
Marriage – We believe the term “marriage” has only one true meaning. Marriage is sanctioned by God and joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. 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. (Hebrews 13:4, Matthew 19:4-6, 1 Corinthians 7:2-11)
Mission & Vision
Our Mission: We are a Church Home in the Heart of Kingston . . . Our mission is to fulfill the Great Commission as stated by our Lord in Matthew 28:19.
Our Vision: To experience freedom and security in Jesus Christ through love, growth, and service:
Love - Jesus summed up the Law in two simple commands—Love God and love others. We seek to offer a place where believers respond to God’s love by worshiping in Spirit and Truth and learning to love others sacrificially. (Luke 10:27; 1 Peter 2:4-9, John 4:24, Phil. 2:4, 2 Cor. 8:5)
Growth - As believers grow in love, a desire for God’s Word takes root. We strive to feed that holy hunger through relevant, biblical preaching and discipleship classes that meet both at the Church and in homes throughout the week. (Phil. 3:10, Acts 2:42, 2 Pet. 3:18, Prov. 6:23, Matt. 28:20)
Service - Once believers experience the transforming power of God’s Word, they are set free to find their place in ministry in many creative ways. Jesus’s last words were to make disciples of all nations. We seek to encourage and support each member’s spiritual gifts by providing service opportunities, and by being open to new, Spirit-led ministries that allow FBK to reflect God’s glory to all people, which allows us to make disciples here and among the nations. (John 8:32, Matt.28:19, Luke 8:21, 2 Cor. 5: 18-20, Psalm 67:2)
CHRIST-LIKENESS - We desire for every member of FBC to become more and more like Jesus. We are committed to continually growing in the spirit and character of Jesus Christ and demonstrating his identity in every phase of ministry and activity. Our goal is that every person who contacts any FBC ministry will experience the spirit and character of Jesus and be drawn to Him.
WORSHIP - We believe worship is our number one priority. Worship is our genuine response to God’s majesty. Worship is centered on the person of Jesus Christ. We desire that people worship unhindered, led by the Holy Spirit.
(Psalm 2:11; Matthew 2:2; Matthew 28:17; Rev 4)
THE GREAT COMMISSION - We are committed to Jesus’ command to disciple all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all of Jesus’ teachings. There are no disciples without decisions, therefore, FBC is committed to telling the gospel story to as many people as possible.
Our local mission field is Kingston
Our global mission field is Roane County (Jerusalem), State of Tennessee (Judea), United States with ethnic diversity (Samaria) and the uttermost parts of the world (whole world).
We see prayer, giving, partnerships, and going as the four major activities for fulfilling the Great Commission.
(Acts 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)
GOD’S WORD - We believe teaching and preaching God’s Word is central to discipling believers. Therefore, we are committed to the teaching and preaching of God’s Word (from babies through senior adults) as the truthful account of God’s ultimate plan of salvation for mankind through Jesus Christ.
(Psalm 119:105; Romans 1:16)
PRAYER - We believe God has strategically chosen to establish and utilize prayer as part of His sovereign plan. It is privileged access to the God of the universe, bought and paid for by the blood of His Son on our account when we receive Him as Lord. In spiritual warfare, prayer is our major assault weapon, against which the gates of hell cannot prevail. God never intended for us to live the Christian life or accomplish His work in our own wisdom or strength. His plan has always been for us to rely on His Holy Spirit and live a life of obedience flowing from an intimate, loving relationship with Him. Thus, God’s house is to be a house of prayer and we are to pray without ceasing, not as beggars, but as joint heirs with Jesus.
(Luke 19:46; Romans 8:26-27)
GENERATIONS - We believe that engaging, reaching, serving, and involving all generations within the church ensures that we are equipped to fulfill and sustain the mission to which we have been called in our community and beyond. Each generation possesses unique gifts, skills, and wisdom that should be regularly contributed through the ministries of the church. Each believer should recognize that they possess spiritual gifts intended to be exercised throughout their entire life for the benefit the church. Each generation should mentor and provide spiritual guidance to the generations that follow them. This “pass down” between generations is every member’s ongoing responsibility and is an important factor for the future of FBC.
(Psalm 78:5-7, Deuteronomy 32: 45-46, Deuteronomy 34:7)
SERVICE - We believe that an integral part of our salvation is the expectation to be involved in God’s kingdom work on earth by serving in His church, serving each other with Christian grace and hospitality (going the Extra Mile), and by serving our community. We are compelled by Jesus to serve, the very source of our salvation.
(Romans 12:11; Deuteronomy 28:47-48; Psalm 100:2)
COMMUNITY - We affirm that the local church, from the very beginning, was intended to be a family. The Bible’s original word for “church” is ekklesia, Greek for “assembly” or “gathering.” Although this word was used to mean “all Christians” in some contexts, it also meant “local gatherings of believers” in other places. The original “Christian community” was known primarily for its devotion to Christ’s teachings and its love for one another. A Christian community is simply those who love Jesus and live in covenant and fellowship with each other. Paul describes it as the household of God.
(Acts 2:42-47; 1 Timothy 3:15)
EXCELLENCE - We pay attention to quality and detail in all aspects of ministry and activity, believing excellence is an appropriate response for an ambassador of Christ. We are obligated to represent our Lord with excellence in everything we do. Excellence in ministry implies relevance to our world. We believe that the message and beliefs of the Church never change, but the methodologies of ministry may change continually under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Spirit-led innovation is encouraged over tradition and status quo.
(Philippians 1:10; 4:8)