"And they devoted themselves to the Apostles' teachings and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." (Acts 2:42).

Our mission is to connect people to Jesus Christ through worship, community, and service.

First Baptist Church Richmond Hill cooperates with other area churches to see the message of Jesus Christ proclaimed to all people. The following paragraphs simply summarize what we believe as a church family.


Who is God?

God as Father reigns with effective care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all loving and all wise. (Genesis 1:1Deuteronomy 6:4John 1:1I Timothy 1:17)

Who is Jesus?

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born to a virgin. He was wholly man and wholly God. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God. He died as the payment for all of mankind’s sins; so that man could be reconciled to God through belief in Christ. He was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven and rules forever with God. (Matthew 1:18-23Matthew Chapters 26-28John 1:114)

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He inspired the writing of the Bible and enables humanity's understanding of the truth. He exalts Christ and convicts of sin. His presence in the Christian's life is the assurance of God to bring the believer to fullness in Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship and service. (Genesis 1:2Matthew 28:19Luke 24:49)

The Bible

The Bible or Scriptures were written by men divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. In the scriptures God completely reveals himself to man. The Bible is perfect and true, without any error. It reveals the principles by which God judges us and is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and religious opinions should be tested. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is revealed in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 4:1-2Matthew 5:17-18II Timothy 3:15-17)

Humanity

Humanity was created by the special act of God, in His own image and is the crowning work of His creation. Man was created innocent of sin but by his own choice he sinned against God. From that time on humanity has been born with a natural inclination to sin which they can not control. As soon as we are able we all choose to sin and consequently are under the condemnation of sin. Only the grace of God, manifested in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, can reconcile sinful people to God. (Genesis Chapters 1-3Romans 3:23)

Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man and is offered freely to all who by faith accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Salvation is the ultimate sign of God’s grace to mankind. Our just reward for sinful living is eternal separation from God. Christ’s death on the cross and His blood serve as the atoning sacrifice that allows sinful mankind to be reconciled to a Holy and Righteous God. This reconciliation is available to anyone who repents of their sin and through faith accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. (Genesis 3:15John 3:3-21Romans 6:23Ephesians 2:8-22Revelation 3:20)

What Salvation Isn’t

This is the most important question one can ask in life and often, one of the most misunderstood. Salvation is simply putting your trust in Jesus Christ, this is saying with your mouth or confessing that He is in charge (Lord over your existence or life) and believing or being fully convinced that He lived, died and rose again then you will be saved or have eternal life in Heaven.  We derive this from Romans 10:9-10.  There are also a number of other references from the Bible that agree with that particular passage in the Bible.  

If it's so easy to be saved then why do we make it so hard to understand or obtain?  The fact is we are all, every single one of us, messed up and it's easy to try and add to what salvation is.

Let's look at this:

Salvation is not a set of rules.  It's not morale acts or being in a good mood.  Living as closely as possible to the commands of the Bible and living morally and joy and other attributes happen over time as we surrender more to Jesus, not by what we do, Eph 2:8.  After salvation...until we die, we are going to mess up and blow it, Rom 3:23-34.  Salvation starts with what we believe to be true about Jesus, that He is the only sinless human to ever walk the planet and that He died for our sins and rose again to defeat death.  We will grow as we read the Bible and hang out with other Christians and as we make mistakes.  Salvation isn't bondage to religion; it's freedom in a relationship with a very real Savior who came from Heaven, walked the Earth perfectly, died, rose again and returned to Heaven to wait for those who have trusted in Him to join Him in Heaven, Romans 8.

I believe there is a God, am I good?

Just believing in a God is not salvation, James 2:19.  There is only one true Savior, Jesus Christ, 1Timothy 2:5., Acts 4:11-12.  Believing He lived is not enough.  You must place your whole hope in Him and confess Him as your Savior.

I still do things that Christians do not agree with, can I be saved?

You are exactly like every other person living.  We all have issues and do things that aren't right.  That's why Jesus came, to save people who would continue to fail in being perfect, Romans 3:9-23.  We don't have a license to sin or live a life of carefree hedonism however, when you trust Jesus, you will change, from your beliefs to your actions.  Here's the deal, no sin is worse than another, speeding and murder are the same.  We don't practice looking down on anyone because we are just as lost without Jesus as every other person.  That's why salvation is imperative, Jesus forgives us of our wrongs no matter how hard we try to live a life like He did, Romans 6:1-14.

I have doubts about Christianity is that a bad thing?

Doubt isn't a bad thing.  There was a dude named Thomas who saw Jesus after He rose up from the grave.  Thomas had some serious doubts and Jesus let Thomas put his hands inside the wounds the Roman soldiers caused to prove He was really the one who rose from the grave, John 20:24-29.  Just like Thomas, we all have doubts and differences of opinions.  After salvation some of the doubts should go away, others may or may not.  Your relationship with Jesus is a journey and Jesus will teach you if you let Him.

How can I become a Christian?

Leave everybody out of it; it’s between you and God. You have probably heard this a ton of times but this “How To” can change your life! And, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Realize that you are a sinner. Ask yourself these questions, "Has anything ever been more important to me than God? Have I ever lied (a lie is a lie, no matter how small you may think it is), stolen (cheated on a test, took a piece of gum, etc.), hated (the Bible says it's murder in your heart), lusted,(the Bible says it's adultery in your heart), taken the Lord's name in vain (OMG!!!), dishonored my parents, or been jealous of someone else's belonging?" The Bible says that we have all sinned, and that if you've broken one commandment, it is the same as breaking all of the commandments, Romans 3:10-12, and 23. All sin deserves punishment, and God is a just God. He should give you what you deserve-- Hell. However, He died for your sins and took your punishment, so that you can live eternally, Romans 6:23.
  2. The good news is that Jesus took your place and died for your sins, Romans 5:8. Repent from sins, and change your mind about going your ways. That means turn away from them to follow Jesus. You cannot do this in your own power, but the Holy Spirit will help you if you ask Him. He will transform you and make you a new creation, Romans 10:9-13. If you want to be saved, you must believe with everything within you and speak this simple prayer "Jesus, I know I'm lost without you.  I believe you came to earth and died for my sins.  I ask your forgiveness for my unbelief in you and will now follow you.  I am trusting you today to save me and I desire to live for you.  Thank you for saving me.  Amen".
  3. Be glad, and rejoice, now that you have been forgiven, because when you ask for His forgiveness, He forgives, Romans 5:1. There is no condemnation for your previous sins, Romans 8:1, and nothing can ever separate you from God, Romans 8:38-39.

Maybe you want to talk to someone a little more, contact us, we would love to connect and talk to you, no strings attached.

I just became a Christian, now what?

AWESOME!!!  Let's get together and talk about it.  Let's celebrate your new life with Christ.  We want to welcome you to the family of God.  Contact us so we can get together and do life and this Christian journey together.

Baptism

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, giving public testimony of his faith in Christ. It is a physical act symbolizing the spiritual salvation of the believer and as such has no saving quality of its own. Baptism is the outward, visible testimony of salvation.  (Matthew 28:18-20Matthew 26:26-30I Corinthians 11:23-29)

Baptism is another practice of the church that is often misunderstood.  Very simply, baptism is being fully immersed in water to publicly symbolize your decision to follow Jesus and to symbolically identify with His death, burial and resurrection.  Let's look at some Frequenty Asked Questions about baptism.

Does baptism save me?

Baptism is another practice of the church that is often misunderstood.  Very simply, baptism is being fully immersed in water to publicly symbolize your decision to follow Jesus and to symbolically identify with His death, burial and resurrection.  Let's look at some Frequenty Asked Questions about baptism.

Can I have my babies baptized?

We do not practice infant baptism because we do not believe an infant can make an informed decision to follow Christ.  We have several baby dedication services each year where parents pledge to raise their children in a Godly way and the congregation pldeges to support the parents.

The Church

The Bible speaks of the church as the body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages. The church is also spoken of in the Bible as a local body of baptized believers who are associated by commitment in the faith. The church is committed to the teachings of Christ, the spreading of the gospel to the ends of the earth, exercising the ministry of believers to one another through the use of the spiritual gifts given to believers by the Holy Spirit and the observance of the sacraments (Lord’s Supper and Baptism). (Matthew 28:18-20Acts 2:41-4247)

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First Baptist Church fully supports the Baptist Faith and Message and belongs to the Southern Baptist Convention.