Who We Are

Living the Gospel everyday, everywhere, everyone.

Our church is affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, affirms the Baptist Faith and Message of 1963, and provides worship and leadership opportunities that include all congregants, regardless of age, gender or race.

Our History

First Baptist Church is the oldest established church in  High Point, dating back to its founding in Jamestown in 1825. The church was created by a band of 25 pioneer members who had a heart for missions ,and thus, began the long standing love for missions that is a hallmark of our church.  In 1859 the City of High Point was being established along the path of the new North Carolina Railroad and the church moved to its present location the following year.

In 1979 there was a strong affirmation by the church family that God wanted us to remain a downtown church, and now our mission is to be a catalyst for transforming our city.

Many changes have been made to the facilities through the years. The current sanctuary was built  in 1941 and the recreation ministries center was built in 1991.

In 2000 we voted to sever ties with the Southern Baptist Convention while maintaining our relationship with the North Carolina Baptist State Convention. We are affiliated nationally with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a fellowship of thousands of Baptist churches who celebrate and value historic Baptist principles.

In 2001 the church embarked on its largest building project ever.  It resulted in the creation of a youth center, expanded fitness center, children’s playground, and complete renovation of the sanctuary, 1929 wing, and children’s wing.

Today First Baptist Church is known for its dynamic presence within the city and for its bold commitment to the future.

What We Believe

Identity

We are a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches who share a passion for the Great Commission of Jesus Christ and a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice.

Mission

Our mission is to serve others as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.

Vision

Our vision is being the presence of Christ in the world. Our Vision Statement is: Living the Gospel:  Everyday, Everywhere, to Everyone.

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's (CBF) Core Values

1

Baptist Principals: Soul Freedom, Bible Freedom, Church Freedom, and Religious Freedom.

Soul Freedom – We believe in the priesthood of all believers. We affirm the freedom and responsibility of every person to relate directly to God without the imposition of creed or the control of clergy or government.

Bible Freedom – We believe in the authority of Scripture. We believe the Bible, under the Lordship of Christ, is central to the life of the individual and the church. We affirm the freedom and right of every Christian to interpret and apply scripture under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

Church Freedom – We believe in the autonomy of every local church. We believe Baptist churches are free, under the Lordship of Christ, to determine their membership and leadership, to order their worship and work, to ordain whomever they perceive as gifted for ministry, and to participate as they deem appropriate in the larger Body of Christ.

Religious Freedom – We believe in freedom of religion, freedom for religion, and freedom from religion. We support the separation of church and state.

2

Biblically-based Global Missions

All of us are called to be co-laborers in the task of fulfilling our Lord’s Great Commission. 

We believe the Bible teaches that… God is the one triune God, Creator of all people in God’s own image. All people are separated from God by sin. Christ is the Savior and Redeemer for all peoples. The Holy Spirit convicts and converts all who believe in Christ, teaches the church in the voice of the Living Christ, and empowers the church and all believers for the mission of Christ in the world. Christ calls us to minister redemptively to the spiritual, physical, and social needs of individuals and communities. Every believer and every church is responsible for sharing the Gospel with all people. We want to enable believers and churches to work cooperatively with other Great Commission Christians to activate this global missions calling in their communities and throughout the world.

3

Resource Model

We are committed to discovering and providing resources that will empower people to fulfill their mission in their particular contexts and will equip individuals to fulfill their calling under the Lordship of Christ. We prefer to cooperate in mutually beneficial ways with other organizations rather than to establish, own, and control our own institutions.

4

Justice & Reconciliation

We are committed to a biblical vision of justice and mercy. We believe the call of Christ extends to every area and relationship of life.

5

Lifelong Learning & Ministry

We believe in lifelong learning for laity and clergy for the ministry of the church. We are committed to Baptist theological education that affords intellectual and spiritual freedom to both students and professors in an atmosphere of reverence for biblical authority and respect for open inquiry and responsible scholarship.

6

Trustworthiness

We will organize, make decisions, and carry out our mission in ways that earn trust. United in our mission and our shared commitments, we will celebrate God’s gift of diversity among the individuals and churches of the Fellowship.

7

Effectiveness

We will organize in ways that encourage flexibility, responsiveness, and accountability. We will monitor our processes and organizational structures in light of our stated mission.

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