Our congregational convictions come from historic Baptist theology. We readily affirm The Lordship of Jesus Christ. We also believe the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. In addition to these primary beliefs, we affirm other long-standing Baptist principles such as:
Although many Baptist churches have a more formal doctrinal statement, our lack of one is consistent with a long line of Baptists who ascribe to the conviction, “No creed, but the Bible.”
We articulate our core beliefs in our church covenant, which we use in worship several times each year as a way of reminding ourselves of the important convictions that bind us together.
Our polity of congregational government allows us to make decisions such as fully affirming women in ministry and any other service role. For years, we have ordained women as ministers and deacons. We also practice open communion, meaning members of other Christian traditions are free to participate in communion, if they choose.
We believe that God’s love is demonstrated through Christ and that His love should be the foundation for all relationships. Through His love, First Baptist Church believes in a vision of a fellowship that accepts all those who confess Jesus as Savior and Lord, and a commitment to love God and all people.
With God’s help, we now enter into this covenant: