First Baptist Church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message. You can read the statement in its entirety here.
Individual Baptist churches are not subject to denominational bodies or documents (such as creeds). Though we can affirm much of what is outlined in this Baptist Faith and Message, we also confess that its contents can be interpreted differently amongst individuals and churches and may not reflect the totality of our beliefs as Christians.
First Baptist Church affirms historic Baptist distinctives, including:
1. Bible Freedom – the freedom for all to interpret the Bible under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The Bible transforms our lives, supersedes any form of creed, and frees the individual to interpret scripture as the Holy Spirit leads.
2. Soul Freedom – the belief that a person’s faith is personal, experiential, and voluntary. A person is responsible for making up his or her own mind about God and spiritual matters.
3. Church Freedom – the belief that local churches are free under the Lordship of Christ to determine their membership and leadership, to order their worship and work, and to ordain whom they perceive as gifted for ministry. No one — no pastor, no civil magistrate, no convention of churches — can dictate to the local church.
4. Religious Freedom – defined as “a free church in a free state ” — the separation of church and state.