“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord…”
Isaiah 1:18 KJV
As Baptist Christians, we value deeply what Baptist historian Walter B. Shurden has called the four historic Baptist freedoms: Bible Freedom, Soul Freedom, Church Freedom, and Religious Freedom. (Read more about Baptist Freedoms)
Current cultural connotations about Baptists suggest a much more domineering posture, but Baptists historically were born of dissent.
As the state-established church in England in the 1600s tightened its theological and political grip on Christians, dissenters who would come to be known as Baptists splintered off and insisted on freedom to practice one’s faith in communion with other Christians as lead by the Holy Spirit. The First Baptist Church in America was founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 1638 by Roger Williams. Roger Williams, the founder of the Rhode Island Colony, was a staunch defender of religious liberty for all.
At First Baptist Church, you will find a congregation in line that historic, “free and faithful” Baptist tradition.
We believe that 1.) free souls who are given 2.) freedom to read and interpret the Bible and Church history and tradition with the best tools available in the context of a 3.) free congregation in a 4.) free state are best situated for genuine spiritual growth.
Christian Education is important to us. We use an intergenerational, discipleship-based model.
Here are some of the ways we do it:
Sunday School: Various classes for different age groups embodying different teaching approaches and a spectrum of theological perspectives. Offered on Sundays from 9:45-10:45 AM.
Praying the Psalms: Tuesdays from 12:00-12:40 PM in the Prayer Room.
The Pastor’s Bible Study: Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
FBC Book Club: Seasonal (Summertime) on the second Sunday of the month at 7 PM in various church members’ homes. Bring your own drink. Dessert provided.
You are welcome here, just as you are. Come, let us reason together.
All Christian Education at First Baptist Church values open and free inquiry in community under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We believe that is the basis for genuine spiritual growth toward maturity. In other words, bring all of who you are. Your hopes and fears. Your beliefs and doubts. Your questions and lived experience. All of who you are is welcome as we “reason together.”