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’s Blog
July 28, 2015
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
Psalm 66:18
     This week we will be taking our youth on a Cincinnati Reds outing, so sticking with the baseball theme I wanted to share by the great Hall of Fame baseball announcer Ernie Harwell.
     The year was 1954 and Baltimore was playing the Chicago White Sox. Catching for the Orioles was Ray Murray. Behind him calling the balls and strikes was umpire Ed Hurley. With a 3– 2 count on the Chicago batter, Hurley called the next pitch a ball, sending the batter to first with a walk. Murray, who didn’t like the call, turned toward Hurley, knelt down, and prayed. He said, “Dear Lord, I know that pitch was a strike. Thirty thousand people in this ballpark know it was a strike. But they have good eyes. Dear Lord, give this poor blind man a pair of good eyes and then he’ll know it was a strike.” How do you think the umpire responded? By tossing Murray right out of the game.
     Is it possible that our prayers can be viewed by God in the same way, rejected? Does he ever kick us our or ignore our requests? That’s an unusual thought, isn’t it? We are always taught that we can pray to God any time. And we even know that he wants us to pray to him all the time. So what’s this about God rejecting us— just like that umpire ejecting the catcher and for his prayer?
     God tells us in His Word, if we have some sin that we are hanging on to and not confessing before God, he doesn’t listen to our prayers. The writer of Psalm 66 seems to be telling us that this is the deal. He talks about what happens when we “cherish” sin. That is, when we treasure a sin and keep it going when we know it is wrong. It will damage your prayer life with God, sin makes the relationship suffer.
     So, the first prayer God needs to hear from us is : “God, forgive me from this sin of _________. Help me to repent because I desire you, hear my cry and lead me back to your presence.” Then you can read the rest of Psalm 66, which says, But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me! You’ll be restored and no longer will you be rejected but “accepted”. The question is, Do I have anything going on that is blocking my prayer life from being as it should? Repent and get it right!
In His Service,
Eric Barnes
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Ironton, Ohio 45638
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