Joining God in Loving and Serving our Community & World
Welcome to First Baptist Church White Hall
What We Believe
First Baptist Church is in fellowship with the Southern Baptist Convention, and agrees with the doctrines and beliefs outlined in the Baptist Faith and Message.
Here’s a brief overview:
THE SCRIPTURES: We believe that the entire Bible, all 66 books are inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings. Through the providence of God, the Word of God has been protected and preserved, and is the only infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:11, 89, 105)
GOD: We believe there is only One true, eternally existent God. He exists in three co-equal persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The triune God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and is worthy of worship and obedience.
(Deuteronomy. 6:4-5; Genesis 1:31, Luke 3:21-22; Matthew 28:18-20, Rev. 4:11)
JESUS CHRIST: We believe that Jesus Christ is God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, shed His blood on the cross to pay the debt for our sins, was buried, bodily resurrected, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return literally, visibly, and personally in glory and power.
(John 1:1-3,14; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:11)
HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, Co-equal and Co-existent with the Father and the Son. He is the Chief Convictor of sin and the Chief Agent of regeneration and sanctification. The Holy Spirit lives within every believer and empowers every believer to live a godly life.
(John 14:16-19; 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 8:9,11; Titus 3:5)
SALVATION: We believe salvation is a free gift of God’s grace apart from human works, based solely upon Christ’s atoning death, received only through faith in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection from death
(Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
THE CHURCH: We believe the church is the body of Christ and family of God. It is made up of saved and baptized believers, who regularly join together for worship, fellowship and ministry.
(Matthew 16:18; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Hebrews 10:25)
EVANGELISM: We believe that it is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to seek to make growing disciples.
(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)