Culture Statements

What are “Culture Statements”? Because we believe that mission is not something we do; instead it is something we are, we have chosen to adopt the phrase “Culture Statements” to describe our Vision, Mission, Objectives, and Values. Our Culture Statements describe the environment created as we live out our Guiding Values in the context of the local church.

Vision:
First Baptist Church desires to become a highly visible lighthouse for the Gospel in Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois.

Mission:
First Baptist Church exists to equip individuals to live out the Gospel of Christ for the Glory of God.

Objective: – “The Facets of First”:
First Baptist Church strives to achieve its mission by providing a platform where we can Connect, Serve, Grow, and Go (Ephesians 4:11-16).

  • Connect: We connect to God and others. (Community/Koinonia)
    We are built for community. God planned your future with others in mind, people who will challenge and encourage you, people who you will challenge and encourage.
  • Serve: We use our abilities and resources to help others. (Spiritual Gifts)
    We are blessed to be a blessing. Jesus called his followers to get involved in God’s plan for touching and reaching the hurting world around us. Through this call, we find a strong sense of meaningful purpose as we make an eternal difference in the lives of others.
  • Grow: We grow in spiritual maturity. (Spiritual Disciplines)
    We are inspired to change. Few of us are satisfied with where we are. While Jesus accepted people however he found them, he challenged them to expand and develop. God wants so much more for us than we are frequently willing to accept.
  • Go: We invite people to know Jesus and the FBC family. (Great Commission)
    We are charged to share God’s message. Followers make followers. God did not wait for us to make our way to him, through Jesus, he came to us, and now calls us to go.

Guiding Values:

  • We Have One Source of Authority – Scripture
    Key Passage. . .
    For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope (Romans 15:4).
    This Means. . .
    We make decisions based on biblical precepts & principles.
    Diagnostic Question. . .
    Does this attitude, action, or decision align with biblical truth?
  • We Have One Manner of Living – Love
    Key Passage. . .
    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35).
    This Means. . .
    We treat others the way God, in Christ, treats us.
    Diagnostic Question. . .
    Does this attitude, action, or decision radiate the love that God has shown to us through the cross?
  • We Have One Purpose for Being – the Gospel
    Key Passage. . .
    Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving (Colossians 3:6-7).
    Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27) .
    This Means. . .
    We believe, share, and live the Gospel of Christ for the Glory of God.
    Diagnostic Question. . .
    Does this attitude, action, or decision spread the influence of the Gospel?

Core Beliefs:

First Baptist Church seeks to align our beliefs and practices with Scripture. In general, the following statements summarize our core doctrinal principles:

  • The Bible is the Holy Word of God and is revealed to man, free from error, and the sole authority on Godly life and living. (1 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 3:2)
  • There is one God manifest in three persons: Father, Son, and Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19)
  • Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died to atone for the sins of man, was buried, and rose again on the third day. He ascended to heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father till the day of His return. (Luke 1:34, 35; Ephesians 1:20; 1 Peter 3:18)
  • The Holy Spirit resides in the heart of every believer where He convicts and counsels the believer for the purpose of sanctification. (John 14:16-26; Acts 10:19; Romans 8:10)
  • Human beings are the special creation of God. Man was made in the image of God but through the sin of the first man, Adam, all men have become tainted by sin from their birth. (Genesis 2:7-23; 3:7-24; Romans 5:12-21)
  • Salvation is a free gift offered to anyone who will accept it. For those that do accept it, they are everlasting secure in the hand of God and upon death they will spend eternity with Christ. (Romans 6:23; 10:8-10; Ephesians 2:8-10)
  • Anyone who has not received God’s gift of salvation is condemned already. If they remain in this state until death, they will spend eternity in hell. (Luke 9:43-47; 12:5; John 3:18

Baptist Faith and Message (2000) The cooperating churches of the Southern Baptist Convention have prepared a statement of commonly held beliefs known as the Baptist Faith and Message (2000). This document provides a framework to understand major doctrines of Scripture. The family of FBC fully endorses this expression of God’s Word.