Core BeliefsWhat We Believe
First Baptist Church of Hillsborough is a congregation of Baptist Christians and Christians from other traditions. Our primary and essential commitment is to Jesus Christ as the crucified and risen Son of God, Savior, and Lord.
The following statements also reflect our convictions.
- We affirm the Holy Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament as the final authority for faith and practice in the life of the believer and believers’ church. We affirm the inspiration and the purpose of the Scriptures as described in 2 Timothy 3:15-16.
- We affirm the classic and orthodox statements of the Christian Faith found in early church statements like the Apostles’ Creed (http://www.creeds.net/ancient/apostles.htm)and the Nicene Creed (http://www.creeds.net/ancient/nicene.htm). As Baptists, we are not a creedal people. That is, we do not insist on creedal affirmation for church membership. However, the content of these creeds reflects well our connection to historic Christian convictions (with “catholic” church understood as the universal church and not the particular Roman Catholic Church).
- We affirm historic Baptist convictions including believer’s baptism, priesthood of the believer, religious freedom (as well as separation of church and state), and congregational polity. We recognize these convictions are different from other Christian traditions. We long for unity in the church, and at the same time we hold these convictions deeply as our witness to the larger church. The Baptist Faith and Message of 1963 (see the link to the right) is a good confession of faith that reflects our beliefs.
- We affirm the importance and autonomy of the local church. We believe the Biblical way to live out the Christian faith is in active participation in the community of believers. While many other expressions of the Christian faith exist, nothing takes the place of the local body of believers. We believe the local church is responsible before God for decision making and ministry, including decisions about leadership in the church.
- We affirm the call to evangelism and missions. Jesus told his disciples, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (John 20:21). God the Father sent Jesus to the world and for the whole world. Jesus then sent his disciples into the world with the Good News of salvation. We believe our call remains to take the Christian message near and far as God leads us. Further, we believe in the shared work of mission with other churches, understanding that we can do more together than alone (our partnerships include the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist State Convention of NC, and other local missions partnerships)