Learn more here about First Baptist Church, including our commitment, what that looks like, and the church covenant.
As a church, we are committed to:
Making, maturing, and multiplying disciples who are rooted in the gospel, watered with the Word, and nurtured by the church – for the bearing of much fruit, for the good of all nations, and for the glory of God.
We have adopted the Baptist Faith and Message (2000) as our confession of faith.
What That Looks Like
We place strong emphasis on public prayer and responsive Scripture readings, robust congregational singing, and value intentionality in the order of our worship. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated monthly. While some of these things make us a bit different than many Southern Baptist churches, we are committed to Baptist theological distinctives and generously support missions through the Cooperative Program and special SBC offerings.
On Sundays after our Worship Service, we encourage everyone to attend one of our small group Bible studies, called Life Groups. These groups span generations, forging friendships and connections with other believers while studying God’s Word together.
We urge all of our members to serve the community, participate in missions, and volunteer in the church. There are many opportunities both within the church and around Jackson to serve the Lord and others.
Our Church Covenant
Adopted 1837 - Updated 2015
Thanking God for the light we have received, and for the revelation of Jesus which we now enjoy; and that God, for Christ’s sake, has pardoned our sins; and having been baptized on a profession of our faith in Christ Jesus into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we do this day, before God and the world, with deep joy and great solemnity, enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We therefore covenant and agree that by the aid of the Holy Spirit we will walk together in love and Christian fellowship. We promise to labor for the advancement and final triumph of the church; to sustain her worship by attending the house of God, by supporting the ministry, and by contributing cheerfully and regularly of our time and resources so that the gospel might be spread to all nations; to guard her ordinances, enforce her discipline, and defend her doctrine.
We also pledge to walk circumspectly in the world; to be honest, just, and faithful in our business relations; and, as God may give us help, we promise to live righteous and holy lives.
We further promise to educate our children in the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints; to pray for and seek the salvation of our family and friends; to watch over each other in brotherly love; to protect and promote the unity of the church; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation; to use our gifts for the common good; to visit the sick; to pray for each other and the world; to aid the poor and needy; and to perform other such kind offices as may be well pleasing in the sight of God.
And if we move from this place, we promise that we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.