First Baptist Church of Dillwyn is a church established on the Bible. We practice traditional Christian theology and believe in core Biblical principles. Any person is welcome to be a part of our faith community without being held to these beliefs. We understand that deep convictions and beliefs are personal between the individual and God. While we are Baptist in practice, we have many who come from or are currently a part of many other denominations, faith traditions, and have known some from a different belief, or no belief of God at all. We invite you to join us as we travel our journey of faith!
There is one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Jesus Christ is God the Son and is both completely God and completely man (Phil. 2:5-8).
Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18 & 23), led a sinless life, took on Himself all our sins (Romans 5:8-9), died on the cross, and rose again (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), and is seated at the right hand of the Father as our mediator (Heb. 9:15) and advocate (I John 2:1). Jesus ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 1:7; 2 Peter 3:11-18).
The Holy Spirit is the person of the Holy Trinity who lives within believers, giving you the power to live a holy life and guiding you to truth. The Holy Spirit has given spiritual gifts to all believers for the purpose of building up the body of Christ and bringing glory to God. (I Cor 12:1, 4, 11, 18, 21-25, 14:40; Eph. 4:11-16; Acts 2:4-8).
The Bible is God’s Word, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and is authoritative on all matters on which it speaks (2 Peter 1:20-21). The Bible is central to individual and church life, but must always be under the authority of Jesus, the criteria by which the Bible is measured.
All people sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). All people were created by God in His own image to exist forever and will face eternal separation from God unless they come into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17).
Salvation is a free gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9) that can only be received by faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12, Galatians 2:16).
God works through the members of His church to evangelize the lost and teach believers to obey His commands (Matthew 28:18-20). Churches are to be open and accepting of all people, offering God’s love and redemption to each person without prejudice or condemnation (John 3:16-18). The Church is God’s witness to the world of His power and desire to save men.
Baptism & The Lord’s Supper
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the ordinances given to the Church and both are to be administered to believers. (Matt. 16:18; Cot. 1:18; Acts 2:47; 20:17, 28; Rom. 16:5; III John 6).
God’s people are called to holiness in all aspects of life (Galatians 5:22-25), with the goal of being conformed to the image of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).
Four Fragile Freedoms We Cherish
In addition to the theological statements listed above, First Baptist Church embraces four philosophical freedoms for its guiding principles. They are:
BIBLE FREEDOM! Too often, it has been assumed that there are only two categories of people study the Bible: The “experts” (biblical scholars) and the “extremists” (people with an agenda who seek to use the Bible to support a particular agenda). We believe that the Bible has a message for EVERY person! Christians are encouraged to study and be free to use the best scholarly tools of inquiry available. The Bible is central to individual and church life, but must always be under the authority of Jesus, the criteria by which the Bible is measured.
SOUL FREEDOM! Baptist have long cherished “The Priesthood of the Believer.” This is the right and responsibility of every individual to develop a personal relationship with God, without the imposition of a creed (a human summary of theological understanding), dominance by clergy, or the intervention of civil government.
CHURCH FREEDOM! Under the authority of Jesus Christ, local churches are free to determine their membership, ordain their leadership, determine the form of their ministry, and any associations with the larger Christian community. This freedom has traditionally been called “the local autonomy of the church.” We are an autonomous church body and maintain the right to govern our own affairs. No religious denomination or organization lays claim to who we are, or how we function as the Body of Christ.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM! The state is not God and God is not the state. This idea protects the integrity of Christians to speak about public issues without trying to use the state to advocate their positions. Religious freedom advocates that the best society is where persons of faith, or of no faith, are free to advocate and debate beliefs. Christians have every right to practice their faith in public life as citizens of the United States of America just as believers of any other religion.
We hope this overview helps you to discover our defining beliefs, characteristics and values. Find out why we are “the Sunday morning place to be”!
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