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What We Believe

What We Believe

At First Baptist Benicia, we follow a gospel-centered approach to ministry and believe the good news of Jesus Christ should shape everything we do as a church.

We hope to continually point you to the incredibly good news of God’s love and grace found in Jesus Christ. This is not just a starting point for the Christian faith but the beginning, middle, and end. First and foremost, our preaching and teaching aims to point you to Jesus. We want you see Him! We want you to know what He has done!

The Bible also has plenty to say regarding how we should live and what we should or should not do. As important as these commandments are, we must remember that they are not a way to earn God’s forgiveness and favor (which we can never do). Instead, we must seek to follow God’s Word out of the joy and gratitude for all He has done for us.

Below you’ll find our official statement of faith which outlines the core beliefs we hold to:

Scripture
The Bible is God’s unique revelation to people. It is the inspired, unfailing Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches. No other writings have such divine authority.

God
There is only one God, creator of heaven and earth, who exists eternally as three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each is fully God yet each is personally distinct from one another.

Humanity and Salvation
All people are created in God’s image and are loved by Him. The main message of the Bible is that God loves people and invites them to live in communion with Himself and in community with each other.

Apart from Jesus Christ all people are spiritually lost and, because of sin, deserve the judgment of God. However, God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.

Jesus
Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died, rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and mediator. He will return to complete history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God.

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, draws people to Christ, and indwells all believers. He empowers them to live Christ-like lives and gives them spiritual gifts in order to serve the church and reach out to a lost and needy world.

Eternity
Death seals the eternal destiny of every person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. Believers will be received into God’s loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.

The Church
All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by their acceptance and love for one another. This love crosses ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines.

The local church is a congregation of believers who gather together for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and community. Through it, believers invest their time, energy, and resources to fulfill the Great Commission – reaching lost people and growing them into fully devoted followers of Christ.

Value Statements

We value the word of God which is his revelation of who He is to us. Therefore, it is an integral part of our daily life and corporate worship.

Because we value the Word of God:

  • we nurture relationships through small groups, ministry opportunities, and helping others in times of crisis
  • we serve the community through volunteering and sharing our facility
  • we support local and global missions financially, through prayer, and by encouraging individual participation
  • we value our worship experience and encourage broad-based involvement in all aspects of church life
  • we value our pastor and their family through mutual respect and love
  • we value prayer corporately and individually
  • we value the work of the Holy Spirit empowering believers to live a Christ-like life