Fundamentals of First Baptist
We are Christian
We believe Jesus is the Son of God who came to earth and died for the world, so we might believe in him and be saved. The Bible describes Jesus
We are Baptist
We embrace Baptist heritage and believe in believer’s baptism, the autonomy of the local church, the priesthood of believers, the divine inspiration of the Bible, and religious liberty.
We are Moderate Baptist
We choose to be neither legalistic nor liberal in our beliefs and actions, and we understand the tension in living in between those ways of life. We hope to exhibit a healthy diversity of viewpoints within a healthy theme of love for all.
A Three Part Vision for our Church
The three part vision for our church is broken into three parts:
4 Kingdom Values: Four areas that define how we answer God's call for us
7 Congregational Distinctives: places that make us unique as a congregation
Worship - This happens everywhere and is integral to our Christian life. Regardless of venue or style, we value worship and express it through music, drama, scripture reading, prayer, and preaching.
Mission - We value equipping and sending believers to fulfill the Great Commission by meeting physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of our community and world.
Discipleship - We teach Biblical truths throughout our church so all continually grow in their personal relationship with Jesus and might discern and fulfill God’s calling.
Community - We value
Inter-Generational - Every age is represented across our church family, and we encourage all ages to worship and work together, engage in fellowship and community, and learn from one another.
Egalitarian - We believe men and women are equal in God’s eyes and are therefore given equal opportunity for congregational leadership in membership and ministry.
Teaching - We invest in and equip the next generation for vocational ministry through mentoring, internships, and education.
Thinking - Healthy discussion and dialogue
Relational Mission - Real change happens when we actively live life-on-life with others. We extend this intentionality to our community, region, and beyond.
Partnering - We partner with local, regional, and international ministries and organizations through volunteering and donations. If you want to serve your community, we can connect you.
University Outreach - Our church is in the middle of downtown, minutes from the University of Tennessee. We work to sustainably impact the campus.
Family Redemption - Family is sacred. We are committed to redeeming and restoring broken families through ministries focused on marriage, parenting, adoption, and foster care.