- We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God.
- We believe Jesus Christ is the only way to God.
- We direct heartfelt worship to God.
- We equip believers to grow and become more like Christ.
- We reach out to the community with God’s love in word and deed.
- We welcome all people to this church.
- We nurture relationships within the loving family of God.
- We serve and care for those in need.
- We support and participate in God’s work here and around the world.
Our Mission is to be a church where all people can:
Our vision of First Baptist Church of Alhambra is to be a community in which the love of Jesus bridges all ethnic, cultural, social, and generational differences. In order to intentionally accomplish this we invite all people to:
1. Discover Jesus, by:
Sharing the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection.
Welcoming those in our communities through people-friendly worship services, special events, and small groups.
Reaching out to the people in our communities in creative culturally relevant ways.
2. Develop Faith, by:
Helping people grow spiritually through Bible studies, small groups, seminars, and retreats.
Providing ministry that helps develop faith in Jesus from generation to generation.
Equipping people to discover their divine design to serve Christ effectively.
3. Demonstrate love, by:
Calling people from the loneliness of isolation to the joy of relationships.
Knowing, serving, encouraging, challenging, and loving one another.
Serving and caring for our communities.
We believe that:
1. There is only one true and eternal God consisting of three co-equal persons:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We acknowledge God as our Heavenly Father.
(Gen.1:1; Deut. 6:4; John 4:24; 14:-6-13; Gal. 4:6; 2Pet.1: 17; Psa. 2:7; Isa. 7:14; Jn.1:1-18); Heb. 1: 1-18; Psa. 51:11; 1 Jn. 4:13; Acts 5:3, 4);
2. Jesus Christ is God’s Son, fully divine and fully human, the eternal and pre-existent Word, born of a virgin, fulfilled prophecy, and became the redeemer of a lost world. (Heb.1:1-3;4: 14-15; Jn. 1-3,14);
3. The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, dwells in every believer and by His baptism unites all to Christ in one body, and that He is the source of all power and all acceptable worship and service. (1 Cor.12:4-11, 13;6: 19);
4. The Bible, is the inspired Word of God, is our final authority, and trustworthy for faith and practice when interpreted responsibly under the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit within the community of faith. (Deut.4:1-2; 2Tim.2:15,3:16-17);
5. God created humankind in the divine image. Through Adam’s fall, all became sinful, lost, and condemned. Each human being, by deliberate choice, participates in sin and is in need of redemption through Christ’s death and resurrection.
(Gen. 1:26-30; Eph.2:1-22; Rom. 1:19-32, 5:12-21);
6. God offers forgiveness of sin and justification through faith in Christ Jesus apart from works; it is solely through the blood of Christ. Such redemption is received by human beings as God’s gift upon repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ. (Matt.28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Eph.2:8-22; 1 Jn. 1:6, 2:11);
7. The Church is a community of faith consisting of regenerated believers with Christ as Lord. Such believers claim a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, follow the Lord in believer’s baptism, share in the Lord’s Supper, gather regularly for worship, and covenant for mutual edification and care giving. (Matt 16:15-19;
Rom.10:9-10; Acts 16:30-33; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Eph. 1:22-23; Heb.10:23-25);
8. The Church is called in loyalty to Jesus Christ to proclaim in the power of the Holy Spirit the Good News of God’s reconciling grace, inviting persons to receive salvation, and follow Christ as His disciples;
9. Jesus Christ will return visibly, at which time He will raise the dead and judge all people. Believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God as they participate in the fullness of His eternal reign, while unbelievers will suffer eternal separation from God. (Matt.24:29-31, 25:31-46; 1 Thess.4:14-18;Rev. 20:4-6, 11)
Basic Baptist Distinctives:
The following traditional Baptist distinctives has given churches their identity and continues to characterize their beliefs and practices. These views, however, are not held by Baptists alone. Most Christian churches will accept several of these distinctives, but these are all common among Baptist churches:
1. A regenerate Church Membership. We teach that the membership of the church is open only to those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
2. Freedom of Conscience. We promote religious freedom for all with the right to believe or not to believe according to conscience. This includes the right to interpret scripture according to conscience.
3. The Priesthood of all Believers. We believe that all Christians form the priesthood of Christ, even when some Christians are called to leadership roles in the Church. The ministry is the responsibility of all Christians whether ordained or not.
4. Believers Baptism by Immersion. We practice baptism only upon profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and we adopt immersion as the appropriate mode of baptism.
5. Autonomy of the Local Church. Baptist churches are independent of each other organizationally and they perform their various ministries without outside interference from denominational leadership. We voluntarily choose to cooperate with many other churches (called Transformation Ministries) for the purpose of accomplishing our mission in the world and for Christian fellowship.
6. Congregation Form of Church Government. We practice a form of church government in which the congregation, by vote, chooses its own ministers, adopts its own budget, establishes its own ministry goals, and sets forth its own procedures of practice. Every member can express his or her views in our congregational meetings, but we agree to abide by the majority vote of church members.
7. Separation of Church and State. We believe that the state should not dictate policy to the church and that the church should do the same. We have the right as individual citizens to vote and participate in our government, but we do not advocate that the Church involve itself in politics and we do not accept that the State can dictate to the Church what its message or ministries ought to be.
8. The Authority of the Bible. We accept the authority of the Bible in all matters of faith and conduct. We do not worship the Bible, but we recognize its vital importance in the life of the Church and its ability to inform our faith and conduct.
9. Missions. We believe that every individual should be involved in God’s worldwide mission program of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to every person. Our church supports local, national, and international mission programs.
Our Church Covenant:
Having been led by the Spirit of God to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and as those who affirm the body of Christ, the Church, we reverently enter into the following covenant with one another:
1. We promise to walk together in Christian love, to give our Church a sacred preeminence over all other institutions of human origin, and to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of its ministries.
2. We further agree to cultivate the habit of prayer and Bible study, to attend worship services faithfully in so far as we are able, to seek to establish our home as a place where Christ is honored and served, to encourage others to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and to offer our forgiveness of others just as Christ has forgiven us.
3. We also promise to develop and exercise the spiritual gifts that God has given to us use them for building up the Church of Christ. We also promise to watch over one another in Christian love, to pray for one another in times of sickness and distress, to be slow to take offense and quick to make reconciliation with everyone as the Scriptures teach us.
4. We promise that we shall walk above reproach before the world with faith in Christ, and with dignity and courage. We shall further abstain from doing or saying anything which would hinder us in our walk with Christ or in our service for him, whether they involve us in personal habits which detract us from our witness for Christ or criticisms which hinder unity in the Church.
5. We also covenant to abide by the decisions of the majority of the members of our congregation in its deliberations.
6. And finally, we covenant that when we move from this place we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the will of God for our lives.