Our beliefs

The heart of our message and teaching at First Missionary Baptist Church. What we believe . . .

ABOUT THE SCRIPTURES

We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy in regards to the purpose for which it was written (2 Timothy 3:16).

ABOUT GOD

We believe in one eternal triune God who reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who became flesh to reveal God to humanity, fulfill the Law, and to become the Savior of the fallen world.

ABOUT HUMANITY

We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, people are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts.

ABOUT SALVATION

We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, God freely offers salvation to those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. We believe the sinful nature of a believer has been eradicated through the death of Jesus (Rom 6:6) and the believer is now a partaker of the divine nature through the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:4).

ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

We recognize that the believer will struggle with the sinful tendencies of his flesh in this life, however his forgiveness in Christ is not partial, but complete. His eternal destiny in Heaven is secured through his new identity in Christ and the sealing of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” (Titus 2:11-14). As teachers of the grace and truth of Jesus Christ, we avoid any legalistic interpretations that erroneously place believers under law and not under the grace of God (John 1:17; Romans 6:14).”

ABOUT THE CHURCH

We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head (Colossians 1:18). The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to the lost world.