About First Baptist Church
For more than 150 years, First Baptist Church has sought to fulfill a very simple purpose in Thomson:
Loving God, Loving People, Making Disciples of Jesus from All Generations
Love God. Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. We believe the greatest thing we can do in this life is have a relationship with the Living God through Jesus Christ. We want to help our church members and those who visit us build a strong and vibrant relationship through opportunities of worship, prayer, and devotion.
Love People. Jesus said that the second command is like the first - to love our neighbor as ourself. We believe with the Bible that no one claim claim to love God and yet not love people, whom God made in His image. We love because God first loved us, and we show our love for God through our love for people. As a church, we not only want to share God's love with our community but also to help our church members discover new and meaningful ways to demonstrate their love.
Making Disciples. The final commission Jesus gave His followers was to go into all the world and make disciples. A disciple is someone who learns from and passes along the teachings of their master. If loving God and loving people is our priority as Christians, then making disciples is our priority as a church. We make disciples for only one Master: Jesus. And we go into all the world and make disciples of every generation--no target audience for us.
Do you want to be a part of what God is doing in and through First Baptist Church? We certainly want you to be!
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Baptist Distinctives and Relationships
As a Christian church, we hold many beliefs in common with our fellow Christians all over the world. As a Baptist church, we hold some beliefs that are distinctive of Baptist churches.
- We practice baptism by immersion as a witness of one's faith in Jesus Christ.
- We practice a Lord's Supper of grace. Anyone who professes Jesus Christ as Lord is welcomed to receive the Lord's Supper when it is served.
- We practice soul freedom. We believe everyone is free to go directly to God in prayer to seek salvation, daily encouragement, strength and counsel, and the real Scripture, seeking God's leadership for interpretation.
- We practice the priesthood of every believer. We believe that every believer is a priest before God to serve Him, the church, and community.
- We practice the separation of church and state. We believe in the free exercise of religious faith without government interference, and we believe no laws should be established to support one religious group over another.