First Baptist Church
Friday, April 18, 2014
To Make Disciples, United in Worship and Service
· The Bible is the written record of God’s revelation of himself to humanity. God inspired its writers, and it is our ultimate authority for faith and practice.
· God saves us by his grace through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When we follow Christ, we begin a life-long process of transformation into his image.
· The word “church” refers to both a local body of believers and to all believers. A local church is made up of people who have followed Christ as their Lord and Savior, been baptized, and formed a fellowship for continuing Christ’s work. The scriptural offices of the local church are pastors and deacons. Christ’s universal church is made up of all believers.
· The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience in which we remember Christ’s sacrifice and anticipate his return.
· God calls his church to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all of Christ’s commands.
· God gives us everything we have, spiritual and material. He entrusts us with resources and expects us to invest them in his kingdom.
· God calls us to follow Christ freely, without involvement by the state. Every person should be free to follow Christ or to reject him without interference from governmental authorities. The separation of church and state is necessary to guarantee religious liberty. Christians should obey the government unless such obedience would cause them to disobey God.
Our church’s denominational mission partners include Haywood Baptist Association, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.