IT WILL ALWAYS BE
ABOUT JESUS

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Introduction

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God and angels, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

Promises

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to give it a sacred pre-eminence over all institutions of human origin; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage in family and individual devotions; to faithfully educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagement; and exemplary in our lifestyles.

We Believe

Members of First Baptist Church commit themselves to God and each other, believing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, while seeking to lead lives pleasing to Him.

1. The Holy Bible

We believe the Holy Bible is the divinely inspired record of God’s revelation of Himself to people. 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 content.

2. God is the one & only living & true God

We believe 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. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being. God is all powerful, all loving, all wise. He is the Father to those who become children of God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

3. Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ is God the eternal Son. In His incarnation, he was born of the virgin Mary and identified Himself completely with humankind yet without sin. He was raised bodily from the grave by the power of God, and makes available by grace the gift of eternal life to all who come to Him through faith.

4. The Holy Spirit

We believe God the Spirit exalts Christ, convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement, and effects regeneration as He calls people to the Saviour. He continues a sanctifying work in the believer producing holiness of life and power for service. All people have sinned and consequently must be regenerated by the working of God’s grace through the agency of the Holy Spirit. God loves all people and therefore, every person possesses dignity and worth, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

5. Salvation

We believe involves the redemption of the whole person, 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. Justification is by faith alone. Regeneration is a work of God’s grace whereby the Holy Spirit makes a believer a new creature in Jesus Christ.

6. The New Covenant

We believe the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the two ordinances – believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. The second coming of Jesus Christ is imminent and is the purifying hope of His church, giving a sense of urgency in preaching the Gospel to all peoples. God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a binding stewardship in their possessions.

They are called to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions, and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. Every Christian is under obligation to work for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness, realizing that all means and methods can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ.

The Christian should oppose in the Spirit of Christ every evil, and should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the influence of Christian principles. In order to promote these ends, Christians should be ready to work with all people of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in a spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ.

Our Covenant

A church covenant summarizes some basic teachings from the Bible that define a member’s commitment to God and the church, and the church’s commitment to God and each individual member. In short, a church covenant summarizes what we can expect of each other as members of God’s family.
(from the Memorandum of Association, 1979)


Introduction

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God and angels, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

Promises

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to give it a sacred pre-eminence over all institutions of human origin; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage in family and individual devotions; to faithfully educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagement; and exemplary in our lifestyles.

Our Beliefs

Members of First Baptist Church commit themselves to God and each other, believing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, while seeking to lead lives pleasing to Him

The Holy Bible

We believe  is the divinely inspired record of God’s revelation of Himself to people. 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 content.

God is One, the only living and true God

We believe 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. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being. God is all powerful, all loving, all wise. He is the Father to those who become children of God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ

We believe is God the Son, is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation, he was born of the virgin Mary and identified Himself completely with humankind yet without sin. He was raised bodily from the grave by the power of God, and makes available by grace the gift of eternal life to all who come to Him through faith.

The Holy Spirit

We believe God the Spirit exalts Christ, convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement, and effects regeneration as He calls people to the Saviour. He continues a sanctifying work in the believer producing holiness of life and power for service.
All people have sinned and consequently must be regenerated by the working of God’s grace through the agency of the Holy Spirit. God loves all people and therefore, every person possesses dignity and worth, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Salvation

We believe involves the redemption of the whole person, 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. Justification is by faith alone. Regeneration is a work of God’s grace whereby the Holy Spirit makes a believer a new creature in Jesus Christ.

The New Covenant

We believe the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the two ordinances – believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.
The second coming of Jesus Christ is imminent and is the purifying hope of His church, giving a sense of urgency in preaching the Gospel to all peoples.
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are called to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions, and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others.
Every Christian is under obligation to work for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness, realizing that all means and methods can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. The Christian should oppose in the Spirit of Christ every evil, and should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the influence of Christian principles. In order to promote these ends, Christians should be ready to work with all people of goodwill in any good cause, always being careful to act in a spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ.

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