First Baptist Church is a body of baptized believers whose collective passion is to exalt and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in spirit and in truth to prepare God’s people for the training of the saints. We worship so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith, in attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ, to seek the lost and bring them to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Statement of Faith
The Holy Bible is the inspired word of God and is the basis for our Statement of Faith.
The church affirms the “Baptist Faith and Message” as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention. The ordinances of the church are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
We believe scriptural baptism is by immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This act symbolizes the believer’s faith and obedience, as well as his/her identification with the crucified, buried, and risen Lord. Baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of membership. The Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and of the cup in symbolic remembrance of the Lord, whose body was given and whose blood was shed for the remission of sins.
Having been led by the grace of God through the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit to repent of our sin and in faith turn to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and having given public testimony of this faith through baptism, we now joyfully and solemnly enter into this covenant with the members of First Baptist Church.
We commit, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to affirm and follow the Statement of Faith and Covenant in the Church Constitution, to walk together in love, to remember one another in prayer, to help one another in times of need, to exercise gentleness and humility in our dealings with one another as we speak the truth in love, to be faithful in our responsibilities and commitments, to be just and honest in our dealings, and to honor ourselves and other for Christ’s sake through sexual purity, personal integrity, and abstaining from things or practices which bring harm to our faith or the faith of another.
We commit to faithful participation in times of worship, prayer, study, and fellowship with other believers, to the building up of the church by using our spiritual gifts in ministry, to contributing cheerfully and regularly for the ministry and expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel to the world.
We commit to practice personal and family worship, to train our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, and to seek the salvation of our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, acquaintances, and all peoples of the world.
We are members of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the San Antonio Baptist Association.