First Baptist Church is, in a very real way, a community of believers. We play different roles, carry varied responsibilities and have relationships with varied people in our church family. And, as in any community, we need and depend on each other. The unique expression of our identity comes from our relationship with each other.
Our need for community becomes most clear in those periods of life as our lives grow messier. These are the times in everyone's life when the limits of personal growth practices (Bible reading, personal prayer) become obvious and our need to grow stronger and experience God's grace and forgiveness are clearest to us. God's plan is to include other believers in our growth. Quite simply, we miss out on all that God has for us when we are not involved in a community of people that love and follow Jesus Christ. So relationship is a priority in our community.
Structure is a helpful part in our growth. We meet together regularly so that the things that are important in our own lives are addressed. Worship, serious Bible study, prayer, and personal accountability easily fall by the way when we try to relate to God independently. While structure is no substitute for personal discipline, it is a helpful addition. Sunday worship, a Bible study class, LifeGroup, prayer group or a host of other activities are to help us grow in relationship with God, as well as each other.
In addition, God has given each believer gifts. These gifts are meant to be used in tandem with the gifts of others. This is how God works through His church. I Peter 4:10 makes it clear that we are to be generous with all that God has given us (strengths and abilities, material things, areas where we are growing or miraculous things that He produces in our lives) as if God is the one working and we are simply the hands and feet that He uses.
Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God's words; if help, let it be God's hearty help. That way, God's bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he'll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! (1 Peter 4:10,11 the Message)
Because of our diversity, our community is broken into smaller fellowships, based on common culture and language. Take a look at our Arabic, Chinese, English-language, International, Neighborhood and Hispanic fellowships. We invite you to find a place to call home.