These beliefs are at the heart of all we say and do at First Baptist Church. We’ve included references from the Bible if you would like to study the Biblical basis for these beliefs.
I. We believe in the historic Christian faith, reflected in these statements:
We believe that God is the loving Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternal and completely good, knowing all things, having all power and majesty.God exists as the Trinity, in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God passionately desires relationship with us and towards this end continually invites us into a relationship of faith, friendship, learning, and service.
John 14:6-9, 15-17 and John 16:7-15
2 Corinthians 13:14
1 John 4:9-10
About Jesus Christ
We believe that God expressed himself in human form through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified for the sins of us all, was buried, rose again from the dead, and ascended to heaven.
Colossians 1:13-23 and Colossians 2:8-14
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
About the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, sent from God to live inside all who believe in Jesus Christ, teaches, comforts, and empowers us, giving each follower diverse gifts, fostering unity, interdependence, productivity, Christ-like character, and love among Christians.
Romans 5:5 and Romans 8
1 Corinthians 12-14
Ephesians 3:16, Ephesians 4:3-4, and Ephesians 5:18
John 14:26 and John 16:7-14
About the Bible
We believe that God speaks to us in the Bible, and that it is our privilege to seek to understand God’s message and apply it responsibly to our lives. The Bible is our standard in all we say and do. God’s unchangeable Biblical message ought to be presented in relevant and contemporary ways, free of religious jargon and understandable to the people of our community.
2 Timothy 2:15 and 2 Timothy 3:14-17
2 Peter 1:16-21 and 2 Peter 3:14-18
Psalm 19:7-11 and Psalm 119:9-16
We believe that all people are created with dignity and value in the image of God, to live in a vital relationship with God. However, through our sin (failing to live by God´s moral standards), we break our intended relationship with God and we experience the destructive consequences of that broken relationship, spiritually and socially, in this life and beyond. However, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue us from those consequences and to restore our broken relationships with God and others, through Christ’s death on the cross, a perfect act of redemption for each of us. Salvation comes to people on the basis of God’s grace through their faith in Jesus alone. They receive the free gift of forgiveness and are spiritually reborn through repenting of their sin and believing in Jesus Christ. Good works and a holy life, although totally unable to save anyone, are the natural product of repentant, believing people.
I Peter 2:24, 3:18
Romans 3:9-28, Romans 6:23, and Romans 10:9-10
John 3:16 and John 5:24
II. We believe in teamwork.
All ministries are ultimately carried out by volunteers within the First Baptist family. We seek to exercise and respond to leadership in a Scriptural manner, and to work in partnership with one another.
Matthew 23:8-11, 18:15-17
1 Corinthians 16:15-16
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
1 Timothy 5:1, 17-23
III. We believe in responsible financial stewardship.
We encourage people to handle their finances discreetly, honorably, and responsibly, and to practice regular and generous giving.
Matthew 6:19-21, 24, 33
1 Corinthians 9:7-14, 16:1-2
3 John 5-8
2 Corinthians 9:5-12
1 Timothy 5:17-18
IV. We believe in community.
We want to be personal and caring in a world that is increasingly fragmented and impersonal. We are not afraid to be vulnerable, human, and honest with each other. We believe our spirituality fulfills rather than denies our humanity, and we believe this approach strengthens community.
Galatians 6:1-5, 10
2 Timothy 4:1-5
V. We believe in unity among Christians.
First Baptist Church recognizes diversity among Christians in nonessential areas. We do not press for uniformity in these areas, but rather encourage people to search the Scriptures, seeking balance, mutual understanding, humility and love. Additionally, we seek to respect one another’s differences without a quarrelsome, arrogant or divisive spirit, and to return continually to the great commandment, to love God and one another.
1 Corinthians 1:10-13
Romans 14:1-15:7, 16:17
2 Timothy 2:14-17, 23-26
First Baptist Church exists to help people have life to the full through Jesus Christ. We welcome people into a dynamic Christian community where they can connect — with God, with one another, and with opportunities to make a difference in our changing world.
How to Join Our Church Family at First Baptist Church, Valley View, Texas:
1. By profession of your trust in Jesus Christ as the Forgiver of your sins and the Leader of your life (Romans 3:23, 6:23 and 10:9) followed by believer’s baptism.
2. By baptism. You have previously made a public profession of trust in Christ, but have not followed Christ in believer’s baptism (we practice immersion). (Matthew 3:13-17 and 28:19-20, Acts 2:41)
3. By statement. You have previously made a public profession of trust in Christ and have followed Him in believer’s baptism, but do not belong to a Baptist church.
4. By letter. A baptized believer moving your membership from another Baptist church.
If you have any questions, please come to the front of the church at the end of the service, find a staff member, or call the church office, (940) 726-3532.