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About Us

what we believe


OUR FAITH

At First Baptist, we look to the Bible to direct our teaching and our actions. We have adopted the following Faith Covenant as a summary of our beliefs:

  • We acknowledge the existence and loving presence of God in our lives.
  • We affirm Jesus Christ as the Son of God, Savior, the center of what we think, feel and do.
  • We believe that this fellowship lives to show God’s love and concern for the world and to advance His kingdom by seeking our own salvation and the salvation of others.
  • We recognize the need for acceptance of each other, even though we may hold different beliefs and feelings about how God’s love is made real.
  • We promise our support and love to each other in the fellowship as we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Savior.
  • We further recognize the need and responsibility of all individuals to develop their own Christian faith.
  • We pledge to continue to grow in faith by taking part in Christian Education, Bible Study, prayer, and meditation, worship with the fellowship, service in our community and world, joyful and sacrificial giving of our time and monies and relationships with other Christian organizations.
  • We believe that we have been led by the Holy Spirit, and we covenant, as individuals and as a Church, to initiate and support community, national and worldwide efforts to nurture love and to establish justice and human dignity for all.

  • OUR AFFILIATION

    We are affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA, whose headquarters are in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As per Baptist tradition, our church is very much an independent congregation, responsible for its own programs of worship, music, education, fellowship, and outreach to the community and world. Since we ordain and hire our own ministers, they are closely aligned with and serve the distinct needs of our congregation. And we are responsible for our own stewardship, budgeting, and fiscal stability.

    And yet, we call ourselves American Baptists. We maintain strong ties with the American Baptist Churches, USA (ABC/USA) and with ABCNJ, their regional organization within New Jersey. We participate in their programs for national and international ministry and mission. To learn more about the work of American Baptists, please visit the web sites listed below:

  • ABC/USA Home Page (www.abc-usa.org)
  • National Ministries (www.nationalministries.org)
  • International Ministries (www.internationalministries.org)
  • American Baptist Churches of New Jersey (www.abcnj.net)

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