Who We Are
Our Mission & Vision
Mission: “A family of faith seeking to know Christ and make Him known.”
Vision: “Combining our heritage with innovation, we will care for broken people, reach the unchurched, and develop disciples for Jesus Christ.”
Our Commitment At First Baptist Church on Fifth, we are committed to your spiritual growth by providing opportunities for…
Connecting – Developing genuine relationships with God and others through life-giving worship and authentic fellowship.
Growing – Becoming more Christ-like in our thoughts, feelings, and actions throughout our lifelong pilgrimage of discipleship.
Reaching – Sharing the gospel in culturally relevant ways to bring new people into God’s family and our church.
Serving – Participating in God’s work in the world and using our gifts to meet the spiritual, emotional, relational, and physical needs of others in the name of Jesus.
Giving – Offering our time, talents, and material resources with a generous spirit for the work of the Lord in our church and other visible expressions of the Kingdom.
First Baptist Church on Fifth continues to reflect a commitment to historical Baptist distinctives:
Centrality and Authority of Scripture
We affirm the authority of scripture. We believe the Bible, under the Lordship of Christ, is central in the life of the individual and the church. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12a)
Priesthood of All Believers
We affirm the freedom and right of every Christian to interpret and apply scripture under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We affirm the freedom and responsibility of every person to relate directly to God without the imposition of creed or the control of clergy or government. (Luke 23:44-45; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5)
Autonomy of the Local Church – We believe Baptist churches are free, under the Lordship of Christ, to determine their membership and leadership, to order their worship and work, to ordain whomever they perceive as gifted for ministry, and to participate as they deem appropriate in the larger Body of Christ. (Matthew 18:20)
Freedom of Religion
We believe in the freedom of religion, the freedom for religion, and the freedom from religion. We affirm religious freedom for all people and the separation of church and state. (1 Kings 22:1-9, 13-18, 24-28; Romans 13:1-7; Galatians 5:1, 13; James 4:12)
Statement of Faith
In terms of common beliefs, First Baptist Church on Fifth recognizes these guides in interpretation:
We start with the Scriptures, which afford us God’s self-revelation, first in the unfolding of a concern for God’s people, but supremely in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Scriptures, as related by the Holy Spirit to our contemporary situation, are our authority in all matters of faith and practice. (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12a)
We believe there is one living and true God. God is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being – the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–each of Whom possesses equally all attributes of deity and characteristics of personality, yet without division, essence, or being. We believe God as Father reigns with providential care over the universe, all creatures, and the flow and stream of human history. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 64:8; Matthew 6:9, 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Romans 8:14-15; Galatians 4:6-7; Ephesians 4:6)
We seek to be centered on Christ and follow Him. We believe Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon himself the demands and necessities of human nature and identifying himself completely with humankind yet without sin. He lived a life of perfect obedience to God and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all by dying on the cross. He was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and consummate His redemptive mission. Jesus Christ now dwells in all those who follow him as the living and ever present Lord. (Matthew 1:18; 3:17; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16; 17:5; 28:1-6; Mark 1:1; John 1:1-18, 29; 10:30; 11:25-27; Romans 8:1-3, 34; 10:4; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Colossians 1:13-22; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15)
The Spirit was sent into the world by God the Father and Jesus the Son to apply to people the saving work of Christ. The Spirit enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them a recognition of their need of a Savior, and regenerates them. The Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Scriptures. The Spirit enables the believer to lead a life of Christlike character and to bear fruit to the glory of God. (Psalm 51:11; 139:1-8; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; Mark 1:10, 12; Luke 1:35; 4:1, 18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17, 26; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4, 38; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13)
The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with God. We believe the first word of the Christian gospel must always be grace–not what we aspire to do, but what God has done for us without any claim or work on our part. The grace of God, expressed in the cross of Jesus Christ, makes possible the restoration of the relationship with God that sin has spoiled. (Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; John 1:11-14, 29; 3:3-21, 36; Romans 1:16-17; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18, 29-39; 10:9-10,13; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 5:22-25; 6:15; Philippians 2;12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:21-25; 1 John 1:6-2:11)
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) is a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches who share a passion for the Great Commission of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20) and a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice. CBF’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given missions.
First Baptist is also affiliated with the Pilot Mountain Baptist Association which, according to its mission statement, is “…a seamless network of partnering churches who work cooperatively to reach the local area for Christ.”