WHO WE ARE
Why We Exist

The mission of First Baptist Church is “to reach our world for Christ through prayer and making disciples who love God and love people.”

 

To make disciples who reproduce, train leaders who multiply and deploy equipped ministers into the world, beginning with East Longmeadow. To exalt God’s name as we bring people to Jesus, encourage them in His family, edify them to Christ-like maturity, equip them for their ministry in the church, and to evangelize the lost.

Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all they mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

We will achieve our mission by adhering to the accomplishment of the following three objectives. By objectives we mean ministry aims, and we have three primary ministry aims, as listed below:

  1. To effectively educate and involve the church body in ministry and edification
  2. To develop a mature leadership that clearly understands and carries out its Biblical functions.
  3. To become a global church, aware of God’s mission in the world, effectively utilizing its members and resources to reproduce itself worldwide and be a role model to other churches.

Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? …

 

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.

 

Contact our church office for more details.
“The Mission of FBC is to reach our world for Christ through prayer and making disciples who love God and love people”

 

– Pastor Dave Brown

What We Believe
About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three personalities:  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

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  Jesus lived sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death  He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:22, 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 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13

About The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of 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.  He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.  As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.  2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18

About The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us.  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 the Truth without any mixture of error. 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalms 119:105, 160; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.  People are the supreme object of God’s creation.  Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us a marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”.  This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1

About Salvation

Salvation is God’s gift to us but we must accept it.  We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone by saved from sin’s penalty.  When we turn form our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved.  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 Eternity

People were created to exist forever.  We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is Hell.  To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.  Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. John 3:16; 2:23; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8, 2:44