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.
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Eric’s Blog
TV Isn’t Always Bad!
     I don’t know if any of you are fans of the TV contestant show “The Voice”. I have seen a season or two but have missed most years. However, a new season started two weeks ago and I have hung with it so far. Last week they started what is called “the Battle rounds” which is when two contestants compete against each other singing the same song. The winner of the battle, determined by a judge, moves on and the loser is off the show, unless they are saved by another judge. Last week there was an amazing battle between two very talented singers. When the judge chose the winner (personally, I think he picked the wrong person…) the other contestant was absolutely crushed and crying. They asked if any other judges would save her (personally, I thought they should) but they didn’t. What happened next was awesome! When asked if she would like to respond to the decision, she started to sing (even though she wasn’t supposed to, but personally I’m glad she did…). No background music, total silence, one voice “What ever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul!!!” beautifully sung from a broken spirit. The crowd erupted in a standing ovation, the judge that just voted her off started to cry and ask for commercial break so He could regain composure.
     Wow! She was testifying, her dreams crushed, her plans just shattered like waves on a beachfront by the choice of another and her response was “it’s ok, I’ve got God”. Whatever happens I am ok with it because God has taught me to know His presence and trust He is providing. Have you gotten to that point in your walk with the Lord yet? God desires that you do. We arrive at that point by knowing His Word, which reveals His character, believing it enough to start to trust Him in our life. As we walk with Him we begin to experience His provision and faithfulness first hand. Soon, we have a fully developed faith, no matter what happens in, around, or to our lives we are seemingly unshakable. Because we know who holds our days!
     So stay in the Word, learn to trust one day at a time, and give God the chance to prove His faithfulness and power. Then continue to do it over and over, this allows Him to be strengthening you for that day (tragedy, loss, overwhelming circumstance, despair, setback, illness, death…) Whatever the lot, you will be able to proclaim and you will in a moments time go from victim of life to proclaimer of His Glory! Your circumstance and Your response will be His witness. – (I don’t know about everyone else but personally I consider hers the most impressive performance yet on The Voice!) 
In His Service,
Eric Barnes
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Ironton, Ohio 45638
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