First Baptist Church 

To know and Show the Presence of God
Come Worship With Us
Children’s Church: 9:45 am
Sunday School: 11:00 am
Worship: 9:45 am
Wednesday Evening: 7:00 pm
What to Expect

Whether you’re considering checking out First Baptist for the very first time or you’ve already spent a few weekends with us, we’re honored that you would set aside time to come and worship God with the many who call First Baptist their church home. Every weekend you can expect to experience a couple of things:

+ A Dynamic Worship Experience that lasts about 75 minutes (9:45am-11:00am)

+ A Casual and Friendly Atmosphere

+ Really Great Live Worship (praise music both ancient and modern)

+ Relevant and Practical Teaching from the Bible

+ A Children’s Ministry that Your Kids will Love

And in case you were wondering, you don’t have to dress up or look a certain way. You don’t have to be any particular age. It doesn’t matter where you’re in your walk with God. You don’t have to pretend or put on face; You can just, be you.

First Baptist is a place where God meets people who aren’t perfect, and no matter where you are in your personal relationship with God, you are absolutely welcome here.

What We Believe
About the Bible
     We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to be God’s Word for all the people.  It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
[2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5]
About God
     God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in the three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and are one God.  
[Genesis 1:1,26-27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14]
About Jesus Christ
     Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross.  He arose bodily from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.  He presently serves believers as our High Priest and Advocate.
[Matthew 1:18-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 2:5; Titus 2:13; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1]
About the Holy Spirit
     The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God.  He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
[2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:1; Galatians 5:25]
About Man
     Mankind is made in the image of God, to be like Him in character.  Hi is the supreme object of God’s creation.  From the first man throughout all time, man has rebelled against God, called “sin.”  Because of sin. man is separated from God and can fellowship with God again by salvation through Jesus Christ.
[Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23, 6:26, 10:9-10; Isaiah 59:1-2]
About Salvation
     Salvation is a gift from God to man.  Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
[Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1]
About Baptism and Communion
     The Lord Jesus gave the Church two practices to observe, baptism and communion.  Anyone who trusts Jesus as their Lord and Savior should be baptized by immersion symbolizing their loyalty to Christ.  Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper, should be taken regularly by believers, remembering the body and blood of Jesus that paid their sin debt.  Both practices are not a means of salvation, but an observance of those who are saved by faith.
[Romans 6:3-6; Matthew 28:19-20; 3:13-17; 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26]
About Eternity
     Man was created to exist forever.  There is a bodily resurrection of the dead.  Believers will experience everlasting joy in heaven with the Lord.  Unbelievers will experience judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.
Eric Barnes Ministries Podcast

Aug 16, 2015
Desire Of God 8-16-15
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    Aug 16, 2015
    Desire Of God 8-16-15

Eric’s Blog
August 11, 2015
     Yesterday we studied a little about the importance of what we desire through prayer. We all would love to know God hears and answers our prayers. We must believe that answered prayers aren’t unlikely coincidences. They are responses from a living, loving God who invites all of us to draw close to Him, the One who made us and “is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17: 27– 28). The apostle John, stated, “That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full” (1 John 1: 3– 4 ).
     That is our hope here at First Baptist Church that you not only experience the joys of answered prayer more fully, but that you’ll get to know God more deeply and fellowship with Him more personally as you desire God through prayer.
     So we invite you to join us for prayer services on Sunday evenings starting in September at 5:00pm. We will embark on a journey of learning how to pray more biblically and strategically. How to approach God’s throne of grace with great freedom and faith. How to more effectively fight the battles of your life in prayer first. How to cast your cares onto the shoulders of One who deeply cares for you. Together, we’ll walk through some of the most important foundational passages and truths in the Bible regarding prayer, and also share many wonderful resources God gives all of us to help us pray with greater power and precision. We’ll discuss prayer’s benefits, purposes, and strategies you can use to help you pray more biblicaly and stand firm during moments of temptation and spiritual attack, also making you more ready to better intercede on behalf of others. Most importantly, we’ll share time in prayer together each week for each other and the church.
     If you desire to draw closer to God and pray more effectively and strategically, you will want to be a part of this prayer ministry. We believe the Lord is calling you into a deeper relationship with Him. So we are responding to Him by supplying you with tools and opportunity to strengthen you in this journey.
To prepare, we challenge you to make a commitment to Three things:
1. Read the Bible each day. Let the Word of God mold you into a person of prayer. We encourage you to read through the Gospel of Luke, studying it through the lens of what you can learn from Jesus about prayer. Also read a couple Psalms daily studying the greatness of God.
2. Pray every day. Do the best you can just exercising your privileged relationship spend time talking with your Father (set a time and place and meet Him daily)
3. Clear your Calendar for Sunday Evenings– set this aside to grow with God!
In His Service,
Eric Barnes
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Mailing Address: 304 South 5th Street
Ironton, Ohio 45638
Phone: (740)-532-1240
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