WHAT WE BELIEVE

 

 
There is one true God who made and sustains all things. He has revealed Himself through creation, His Scriptures, and through His Son, Jesus—God Incarnate. God is one—existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

All people (except Jesus) have sinned against God, earning spiritual death and eternal judgment from Him. In love, God sent Jesus on a mission to redeem sinful people through His atoning sacrifice on the Cross and victorious resurrection from the dead.

Faith in Jesus as God’s Son is the only way to Salvation.  He is the source of justification, forgiveness of sin, spiritual awakening to eternal life by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, placement in Christ’s Church, and adoption into a relationship with God, knowing Him as Father.

Salvation comes exclusively through faith in Jesus Christ, following Him as Lord and Leader in all aspects of life. Following faith, Believers are baptized as a symbol of their awakening to new life in Christ.

The Bible is the Word of God. It is inspired by the Holy Spirit, reliable and relevant. The original manuscripts are inerrant. The Bible is how we know God and it is our guide for life and purpose and relationships in every era.

Believers in Jesus join themselves to communities of faith (churches) —local expressions of Christ’s global Church. They enjoy life together in grace and care for each other as members of God’s family.

Believers live under the two great biblical commands: to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength—and to make more disciples through the preaching and relational sharing of the Gospel.

Believers live on mission making the most of every day–enjoying Jesus and loving their neighbors, while waiting for Jesus, who is coming again to judge the earth and to gather His people into heaven.
 
FirstB is an American Baptist Church. As such, we believe:
Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man.
Jesus was crucified and risen to life on the third day.
Jesus will come again to redeem his church.
The Holy Bible is the only authority for faith and daily living.
Mission beyond our own walls is of vital importance.
 
For more information, the American Baptist web site may be found at abc-usa.org.
 
Regionally, we are part of the American Baptist Churches of the Northwest whose web site may be found at abcnw.org.