First Baptist Church is comprised of everyday people who are following Christ on a journey of faith. We are joining hearts and hands in order to help others and care for one another. We study together and listen to each other to learn more about faith in today’s world. We value each person’s perspective and contributions along our way.
Perhaps the following statements will help you understand what is important to us.
To be a worshipping community.
Our goal is to provide worship services where people encounter God’s presence and respond to God’s grace.
In worship, we strive to touch hearts and minds, focusing attention upon the past, present and future. We come to worship seeking mercy, hope, guidance and encouragement so we can share these gifts with those around us in the week to come.
To be a church on mission.
We challenge every member to seize opportunities to be the presence of Christ by using their time, talents, spiritual gifts and resources to meet the needs of people, locally and globally.
We do this intentionally, planning ahead, or spontaneously as needs arise. Sometimes we partner with others, and at other times, we do what we can on our own. Most of all, we want to go about our daily lives doing what Jesus did—listening to people’s stories and responding to their needs.
To be a thinking, nurturing church.
We want to provide a safe and stimulating place for people to ask questions, explore, learn and grow on their journey of faith.
The study of scripture is vital to our ability to be the presence of Christ and reflect the nature of God. The Bible invites us to look at God, the world and even ourselves in ways that make it possible for us to reflect upon the meaning of life and our role in it. The testimonies of those who have gone before us provide wisdom and guidance for our journeys, helping us to be faithful disciples.
This is why we take Bible study seriously, value each person’s perspective, and welcome everyone’s questions. Since the Bible is a book of looking, seeing and reflecting, we cherish our time to do this together, inviting the Holy Spirit to open our eyes, hearts and minds.
To be a relational church.
We want to build community by meeting all people at their point of need with compassion and grace.
We believe God created us to live in community so we can encourage and help one another along our journeys. None of us can handle life’s challenges alone; we need each other. We want our church to be a warm, loving family of faith eager to pray for and offer assistance when it is needed. Building bridges of goodwill and understanding and developing lasting friendships are important to us.
To Glorify God and expand God’s Kingdom into the world
To lead people to a transforming relationship with Jesus Christ and to follow Jesus in transforming the world
To give ourselves away as Jesus did in service to others
To grow spiritually
To give generously
To go boldly
Every member is a minister. We believe the call to serve is inclusive and encourage everyone, women and men, girls and boys to use the gifts God has given her or him to lead and serve.
We are a moderate, free and faithful Baptist Church for all the people in our community where everyone can grow spiritually and be involved in the work of the Kingdom. We are free to follow where the Holy Spirit leads and called to be faithful as we carry out God’s dreams of making Hope visible in our community and world.
First Baptist partners with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Kentucky and the national Cooperative Baptist Fellowship so we can work with other churches to spread the Gospel through word and deed. We believe we can do more with others than we can alone, and gladly join hearts and hands with other believers to make this world better for all people.
What is Important to Our Pastor?
Throughout his ministry, Dr. Browning has been driven by four strong passions: a love for learning, a joy in sharing what he learns, a desire to build community and a need to mobilize church members to use their talents and resources to make the world better by serving others. It is through the local church he feels these goals can best be achieved as people are encouraged by fellow members and empowered by God.
“I strive to get church members to be good to each other and good for the community, reflecting the nature of God,” he says. "When this occurs, good things happen, which makes the world a better place for everyone.”
Can First Baptist help you at this time on your journey of faith? Is this a place where you could grow spiritually, develop close friendships and serve others? We would be delighted to have you add your testimony to ours and join us on this journey of faith. Come to worship this Sunday or contact us for more information.