Commitment to Biblical Authority and Christian Education
It is God’s instruction manual for our lives. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and helps us to do what is right. – 2 Timothy 3:16
Commitment to Togetherness
We are committed that life is done best when experienced together, learning, growing, celebrating, and spending time with one another. – Acts 2:42-47
Commitment to Love
Our motivation for serving God and His church is love. We don’t serve out of guilt or obligation. Love drives us to passionately serve God. – John 13:34-35
Commitment to Relevance
We will strive to always be relevant by using what is cultural to say what is timeless (the truths of God’s Word). Jesus was relevant to society and to his hearers. We as a church must fight to be relevant to those that we are trying to reach.
Commitment to Others
We must become passionate about reaching people through relationships. God has commanded us to be a part of bringing people into his family. We are committed to doing this through relationships with the un-churched. Christ made it very clear to us that outreach is a priority. First Baptist Church looks for every opportunity to get involved and be a presence in the community. – Acts 1:8
Commitment to Being Welcoming
We realize that everyone is at a different place in their spiritual journey. God has not called us to judge others, but accept them and welcome them. Jesus modeled this during his earthly ministry.
Commitment to Transformation
God is not just interested in our conversion, but in our transformation as well. We are committed to live deeply with one another, to carry each other’s burdens and share our possessions, to pray for and confess our sins to each other, to suffer and celebrate together. It’s in these sacred relationships and honest, loving communities that God transforms us. Transformation happens best in community.
Commitment to Serve
God deliberately shaped and formed each person to serve him in a way that makes each one’s ministry unique. God expects every believer to get involved in ministry, and we are committed to the idea that every believer is a minister and should seek to find an area to serve. This builds the local church as well as those who serve. – Ephesians 2:10
Commitment to Investing in the Next Generation
We are committed to the idea that we have a responsibility to invest in the lives of both kids and youth. They are the future leaders of the church.