Our Statement of Faith

First Baptist Church is an independent, evangelical Baptist church. We desire to boldly proclaim the gospel and motivate believers to maturity in Christ.

The Holy Scriptures

We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired word of God, that it was written by men who were divinely and uniquely inspired, and that it is without error in its original writing. It is complete, absolutely trustworthy, and has supreme authority in all matters of Christian faith and conduct. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 16:12-13; Rev. 22:18-19).

The Godhead

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and with the same attributes and perfections.

God the Father

We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of mankind, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from the penalty of sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 3:35; John 5:26; John 6:46; John 10:29; Matt.11:27).

God the Son

We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of God. We believe that in His mortal life He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, so that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. Becoming a man without ceasing to be God, He lived a sinless life and accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross, a vicarious sacrifice for our sins. We believe in His bodily resurrection from the grave and that He ascended into heaven where He is now exalted at the right hand of God, interceding for us as our great high priest. We believe in His personal, imminent, physical return to earth to rapture His church and in His subsequent return with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom. (Phil. 2:5-11; Matt. 1:18-25; 1 Pet. 2:24; John 3:16; Luke 24:1-53; Heb. 4:14-16; 1 Thess. 4:13-18)

God the Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who convinces the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He regenerates, sanctifies, and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ, indwelling and sealing them until the day of redemption. He is the Divine Teacher, who guides us unto all truth, and by His filling, He strengthens us. (John 14:16; John 15:26; John 16:7-14; 1 Cor. 3:16; Eph. 1:13-14)

The Nature of Man

We believe that mankind was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin, all mankind fell, thereby inheriting a sinful nature and becoming alienated from God. This resulted not only in physical death but also in spiritual death, which is separation from God. By choice we sin; and, of ourselves, we are unable to remedy our lost condition. (Gen. 1:26, 27; Rom. 3:10; Rom. 5:12; John 3:5)


We believe that salvation is the gift of God, brought to mankind by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. Acceptance of Jesus Christ as one’s Savior constitutes being born again and thereafter being known as a Christian. (John 3:16; Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12; John 3:3; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19; Rom. 5:8)


We believe that every born-again child of God possesses eternal life and, being justified, sanctified, and sealed with the Holy Spirit, is kept by God's power, safe and secure for all eternity. However, a Christian could—through sin—lose his fellowship, joy, power, and testimony and could incur the Father's chastisement. Our relationship is eternal, being established by the new birth; fellowship, however, is dependent upon obedience to God's will. (John 6:37-40; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15; 1 John 5:11-13)

The Church

We believe that the universal church of Christ is a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and of which all those born again are members. We believe that the local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, sharing a credible confession of faith, and voluntarily associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God laid upon the church the task of proclaiming to a lost world the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (Col. 1:18; 1 Pet. 2:5; Matt. 28:18-20)


We believe the local church has been commissioned to follow in perpetual observance of two ordinances:

1. Baptism: the immersion of the believer in water—in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Spirit—symbolizing the believer's previous experience of the new birth through faith and his or her union in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.  (Rom. 6:3-11) 2. The Lord's Supper: instituted by Christ as a memorial to His atoning sacrifice. In the observance of the Lord’s Supper, believers remember Him and His death until He comes. 

(Luke 22:14-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)


We believe that the local church is independent and autonomous and that it must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; therefore, church and state must be kept separate, each having different functions. (Luke 20:19-26; Rom. 13:1-7; Titus 3:1) We believe that the Holy Spirit gives each believer one or more of the spiritual gifts and that Christ, our Risen Head, has specially set apart the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers to help the saints in their service and to build up the body of Christ. 


We believe that as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority established, the need for miraculous signs diminished and they are not now necessary to validate our faith or to authenticate the Scriptures (Rom. 12:6-8; Eph. 1:22; 1 Cor. 12:11-14; 1 Cor. 12:28-31; Eph. 4:11-13). We believe in the power of prayer. God does hear and answer the prayer of faith in accordance with His sovereign will.  (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15)


Marriage, Gender and Sexuality

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person biologically as man or woman. Each of these two distinct, complementary genders reflect the image and nature of God. Psychological and/or sociological rejection of, or physical altering of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. (Gen. 1:26-27)


We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. (Gen. 2:18-25; 1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4)


We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual behavior, transgender behavior, bestiality and incest) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10)


We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.  (Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11)


We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31)

The Sanctity of Life

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.  (Psalm 139)

The Eternal State

We believe that those who are born again are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss, they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 16:16-26; Matt. 25:1-46; 2 Thess.1:7-8; Jude 6-7; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 20:11-15)


We believe that Satan is a real person, the author of sin and the cause of mankind's fall; we believe that he is the open and declared enemy of God and mankind and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10)

Authority for matters of belief and conduct

The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For the governance of our congregation in the matters of our faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, the senior pastor in collaboration with the deacon board of the First Baptist Church of Downers Grove is our church’s interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application. (Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5:22)