Our Beliefs

This page shares our core beliefs as members of First Baptist Church-Webb City. These listed here are not exhaustive of all of our beliefs. These are an abridged version to highlight the key fundamentals of what we believe as Christians and specifically as members of this church. These are what we teach and preach. 

Our official doctrinal confession is found in the Baptist Faith & Message (2000 edition). You can read it in full Here


We believe in one God who exists in three Persons known as the Father, Son, and Spirit. This is referred to as the Trinity. The Trinity is a mystery, however it is clearly taught in Scripture as the best explanation for the nature of God. One God who exists in Three separate, but equal, Members who make up One God. Three are in One. 

Each Person of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Spirit, are equally God. The Father is not more God than the Son and vice versa. Each Member of the Trinity is equally worthy of praise and worship. 

Here is a portion of our official doctrinal statement about God:

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

Refer to these Scriptures for One God references: Deuteronomy 6:4 & 1 Corinthians 8:4

Refer to these Scriptures for Three-in-One references: Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; John 14:9; 2 Corinthians 13:14

The Bible

We believe the Bible is the written Word of God. It is inspired by God (God-authored), yet God chose certain men to communicate His written revelation through the guidance and supervision of the Holy Spirit. As such, we believe the Bible is without any errors (inerrant) and will not fail in any truth it teaches (infallible). We believe the Bible is our rule for doctrine and how we conduct ourselves as Christians. It is the final say on these matters. 

As a church, we believe the Bible must be our light and guide for all matters of beliefs and how we operate as a church body. Our church leaders are expected to guide and shepherd in a manner consistent with the Bible's teachings for pastors/overseers/elders. Our worship services are Bible saturated since it is our conviction that the Bible is the very Word of God for God's people.

See 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

God the Father

"God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men." (from the Baptist Faith & Message, 2000 edition).

God is a spirit (John 4:24) and as such He is not bound to space and time as we are. He sees all of time before Him past-present-and future. 

Jesus Christ (God the Son)

We believe Jesus was both fully God and fully man. He has eternally existed as the Son of God (also the Word of God per John 1). He is one of the Members of the Trinity. At a point in time, He chose to be born of the virgin Mary to become a man. He lived the full human experience yet never sinned. He was in the One Person of Jesus, both God and man. He died a sinless innocent man’s death on the cross yet rose again three days later. We believe He sits at the right hand of the Father and is returning one day to establish His kingdom and bring an end to all sin and rebellion. 

Jesus came to be the source of eternal salvation for anyone who repents and believes in Him. He offered Himself up as a perfect sacrifice to pay for the sins of people. He reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the Christians elder brother, Lord, and Savior. He will judge all people with His righteousness as the standard.

See John 1:1-5; 1:14-18

God the holy spirit

Arguably the most mysterious and least discussed Person of the Trinity, yet the Holy Spirit is equally God in the same manner as the Father and the Son. He is the Spirit of God. He works in, around, and among people to carry out the will of God. God the Father willed to create, the Son created, and the Spirit presides over creation maintaining it in order. 

The Holy Spirit moved upon and within chosen prophets and writers of Scripture to ensure God's Word was accurately handed down (see 2 Peter 1:20-21). He is the divine author of the Bible.

The Holy Spirit indwells the spiritual heart of every person who becomes a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. He works within the spirit of each Christian to grow them to become more like Jesus Christ and to have their mind transformed to the mind of Jesus Christ. 

The Holy Spirit gives each believer assurance from within their heart that they are truly children of God through Jesus Christ. He seals each believer in salvation for all eternity. He gives spiritual gifts to each believer for service in God's Kingdom. 

See Genesis 1:2; John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:7-12.


How can someone be saved from their sins and spared God's judgment? 

Mankind is in sin in our natural condition. All people are doomed to face God’s eternal judgment. This judgement will be carried out for eternity in a place called hell. However, we believe God has made a way for people to be saved from God’s judgement and forgiven of their sins. 


Jesus Christ is the only way. He came and died on the cross to pay for sins and fulfill the Law of God. He rose again three days later showing He conquered death. 


Salvation is only by faith in Jesus Christ alone. Faith in His sacrifice and resurrection on our behalf brings forgiveness of sins and causes us to have new spiritual life alive to God. 

Jesus offers this salvation to all people, but only those who truly repent and believe in Him have forgiveness and the hope of eternal life. Jesus said in John 3:16 God's love sent Jesus to this world to die for sins and offer eternal life to anyone who believes. He furthermore said in John 3:18 that the one who believes (has faith) in Him (Jesus) is not judged by God; however the one who does not believe in Him can consider themselves as judged by God already. 

Salvation means our sins are forgiven (sent away, cleared). It also means we are declared righteous, no longer guilty, by God. It means we know we will also be saved for all eternity. After we physically die in this life, we will be resurrected to live forever in the presence of God in perfection with no more sin and death. 

Only through faith (belief, trust, & reliance) upon Jesus' death as a sacrifice to pay for our sins and His resurrection from the dead three days later, can we be saved. A person is saved by God's grace only, not their self-effort. How a person receives God's grace is through their faith in Jesus' work on their behalf. He upheld God's Law on our behalf, died in our place for sins, and rose again from the dead paving our path to eternal life. 

The Scriptures teach a person must repent of their sins (turn away) and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. It furthermore says a person must confess (agree with God) that they are a sinner in need of saving. Then believe with the heart (have faith) that Jesus is Lord and the only way to be saved from our sinful state. 

A person is given a new nature, new spiritual heart alive to God and our desires change to become the desires of God in our life. We are not perfect after salvation in Christ, yet we are given a new direction in our lives and we know from our hearts we belong to God and want to live for Him more each day. 

We believe the Bible is clear that salvation, once truly granted by God by grace through faith, is eternal. No true child of God can lose their salvation. Salvation is eternally secured for the child of God. We are sealed for eternity by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). Those who abandon the faith and denounce Christ are an apostate. This means they never truly had real faith leading to real salvation to begin with and as time progressed they eventually revealed what was true about them all along. Others may go through a season of walking far from God, but if they are a true child of God, they will be brought back into faithfulness through God's loving discipline (Hebrews 12:5-11).

See John 3; Romans 4:23-25; 5:1-2; & 10:8-13.



As Baptists, we believe in what is commonly called, Believer’s Baptism. This means we only baptize people who are professing believers in the Lord Jesus Christ through faith. We believe the Bible teaches baptism is not necessary for salvation. Baptism is the first step of obedience for someone who has already placed their faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins. 


While baptism is not necessary for one to be forgiven of sins, it is a command to be followed for a disciple. Jesus Christ commanded that we be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 


As Baptists, we also believe in baptism by immersion. We believe the biblical method for baptizing a new believer in Christ is by fully immersing them under water then raising them back up. Immersion is the method of baptism seen in the New Testament Church. This makes sense because baptism by immersion was the practice of the Jews for baptizing Gentile converts. It is also the method practiced by the Early Church after the times of the Apostles as seen through historical records and archeological findings. It is also the only method of baptism that clearly portrays Paul’s teaching that we have been buried with Christ through baptism and raised to live as a new creation in Christ (see Romans 6:3-7).

The church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. 

Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. As such, no church is required to follow an outside hierarchical system of authority over the local church. For example, as Baptists we are not under the authority of the Roman Catholic Pope. We do not adhere to a system of bishops and archbishops who exercise regional/national authority over our local congregation. The local church is under no outside ecclesial governing authority

The church is to observe the two ordinances of Christ, water baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper (Communion). The church is governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. 

Its two scriptural offices are that of pastor-elder-overseer and deacon. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor-elder-overseer is limited to men as qualified by Scripture (see 1 Timothy 3:1-13 & Titus 1:5-16).

The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue (language), and people, and nation.

Marriage, gender, & sexuality

The Bible teaches that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female.  These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. 


The term “marriage”, as delineated in Scripture, has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union (Gen. 2:18-25). God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4), and has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman. 


Scripture clearly states that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God

(Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).


Therefore, we believe that in order to adhere to God’s word, to preserve the function and integrity of First Baptist Church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the First Baptist Church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by First Baptist Church in any capacity, that all members, and that all who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1Thess. 5:22). 


Also, because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, First Baptist church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman.  Further, the pastors and staff of First Baptist Church shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman.  Finally, the facilities and property of First Baptist Church shall only host weddings between one man and one woman. 


Because God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, and seek His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11), we believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31).  Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of First Baptist Church.

We also affirm the Nashville Statement on Marriage & Sexuality. You can read it in full Here