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

Eric’s Blog

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth…”

1 Chronicles 16:8–12

It is so important to remember all that God has done and to remember to have a heart of gratitude. Everything He does is done out of love to create a future for us—even the hardships He allows. When we choose to have a thankful heart regardless of our circumstances, we humble ourselves to remember His faithfulness daily. When we remember His faithfulness, it increases our faith to see us through the obstacles we experience. Whether you are in the midst of hardship or are ex-periencing tremendous victory, you should be found praising the Lord. As it is writ-ten, “…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Thessalonians 5:18

     Truly our greatest battle is against our own heart. It can be difficult to flee temptations, keep a focus on the Spirit, have hope when there is none, find good in evil circumstances, and praise God through all the pain. There are times when our own mind and heart cast the shadow of darkness, terror, and fear– an impend-ing danger when really there is none. But the Word tells you to fight back with a thank-filled heart, which adjusts your focus onto the Lord who is capable in all cir-cumstances to comfort, sustain, and even bring about good. As you learn to sur-render your thoughts and feelings and just thank God, it offers a peace of the Spirit’s presence. It is not that we should thank Him for the evil in our life, but rather, that we should find reason to thank Him for His presence and hope even during those experiences.

     It is during those moments, a person can look back through the Word or a personal experience and find reason to hope in the Lord. Those who are “of the world” have nothing when faced with such days. But we have comfort from the most compassionate being to exist. Look into your own circumstances and find something to be grateful for today. Let the Spirit guide your heart as you find the things for which to praise God in prayer.

     While you may not be suffering now, one day you will be, and if you commit yourself to developing a habit of praise, you will find strength in your darkest mo-ments. Even when it seems impossible to move, God will reach down into your empty heart and create joy from the nothingness that consumes it. Dedicate your-self from this time forward to give thanks in every situation, every day. Find reason to adore God and build a habit of praise!

In His Service,
Eric Barnes
Find Us
Contact Us
Mailing Address: 304 South 5th Street
Ironton, Ohio 45638
Phone: (740)-532-1240
Calendar of Events