First Baptist Church has a rich history of ministry to Festus, Crystal City; and even around the world! While grateful for our past, we believe our greatest heritage lies in the future. First Baptist is an ever-growing family of diverse people who are on a journey together to love God, love people and share the life-changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
God’s Free Gift
1) GOD HAS A PLAN/PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE
His plan for us includes a full life (abundant) and a forever life (eternal).
The Bible explains it this way:
“…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10
” For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”- John 3:16
But there is a problem and it is not with God, it’s with man.
2) WE HAVE A PROBLEM
The problem is universal (every person has this problem). The problem is sin.
The Bible explains it this way:
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
10…As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one.” – Romans:3:10
Because God is holy (perfect) and just (fair) He requires a payment for man’s sin.
“….For the wages of sin is death…” – Romans 6:23(a)
“Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,” – Hebrews 9:27
Because of our sin we all face death and judgement, but there is good news.
3) GOD HAS A PROVISION
Jesus Christ offered Himself up to die on the cross as payment for ALL sin.
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” – 1 Peter 3:18
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
“…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23(b)
” For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” – John 3:17
But it is not enough to just believe with your head…you must believe in your heart.
4) WE HAVE A POSSIBILITY
A full and forever life is promised to all who believe upon and receive Christ.
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10:13
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:20
What We Believe
Very briefly, we know no one is perfect, and that is because of sin. The Bible says everyone has sin and it is the sin that causes so much pain in our lives. But, the Good News is, God loves people so much, that He sent his only son, Jesus, to die so the rest of us could live. The cost of sin was separation from God—spiritual death—until Jesus came and His death paid everyone’s debt. Because of that perfect love, this gift from God is waiting for anyone who wants to receive it. This is called Grace. God gives grace freely and abundantly.
As for us, we need only to decide whether or not to believe and receive these truths. If we decide to believe it, we have available to us a new, full life that can start now and never stop. And it’s OK to have a lot of questions along the way. Although God reveals things to us (including what He’s revealed about Himself in the Bible), He remains mysterious and wonderful.
First Baptist Church’s beliefs are the same as those contained in the Baptist Faith and Message, the confession of faith of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).