What We Believe

Each person’s gifts and faith are important as a necessary part in being the Body of Christ.

First Baptist Church is a family-oriented congregation with a history of serving God by serving others. As a member of the American Baptist Churches USA, the congregation supports the tenets of faith and mission of the denomination.

As an American Baptist congregation, First Baptist practices congregational polity. Our local congregation rules itself, under guidance of the Holy Spirit, carrying on autonomous ministry with the membership being the final authority on issues of belief and practice.

As an active part of American Baptist Churches of Michigan and American Baptist Churches USA, First Baptist cooperates in mission and ministry with other churches across our region and nation.

Our Statement of Beliefs

God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit: We believe in one God, a Supreme Being and creator of all things.  We worship an eternal, sovereign God revealed to us in three persons: God the Father, our creator; God the Son, our Savior; God the Holy Spirit, our Advocate.

The Bible and Its Use: We believe that the Bible is divinely inspired and provided to us by God as a handbook for living ~ trustworthy for faith and practice under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  We respect a difference of interpretation under the condition that those basic elements of what we know to be true are upheld.

Baptism: We believe, upon accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, that we are to be baptized by immersion ~ a symbol of the resurrection of new life in Jesus Christ.  We believe that baptism is to be undertaken when one is spiritually mature enough to realize its significance in their life.

The Lord’s Supper: The Lord’s Supper is shared once a month as a reminder of God’s great love for us.  It is a time spent together remembering the great sacrifice Christ made for us, examining our lives, and asking for the forgiveness of sins.

The Priesthood of All Believers: We believe that all believers can approach God directly and interpret scripture under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The Autonomy of the Local Congregation: We worship God as individual members of a freely organized and freely functioning local church.  We hold responsibility for the expression of our doctrine, worship, and style of ministry and mission.

Our Relationship to the Ecumenical Witness: We acknowledge that God’s family extends beyond our own congregation and that God’s Kingdom is advanced when all believers unite in a spirit of shared effort.  We are called to cooperative ministries in our communities that cross denominational, racial, and ethnic boundaries.  Our witness is extended around the world as we join other groups in proclaiming the love of God.