Who We Are
First Baptist Church has worshipped and served in Jefferson City for over 181 years. Our members have a long history in this city, first as Mossy Creek Baptist Church and eventually as First Baptist Church. Many of our current and past members have poured their lives into this community, including Carson-Newman University in which we view our relationship with the school as important and ongoing. We feel God has blessed this congregation with a wonderful ministry staff and a beautiful community. As we seek to live out God’s calling in this place, we look forward to our future as a community of faith.
As a community shaped by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, we are called to worship God, share the Good News, foster spiritual growth and meet the needs of hurting people.
We are a community of faith:
- rooted in the historic Baptist tradition
- passionate about meaningful worship,
- empowered by fervent prayer, and
- engaged in evangelism of the whole person through word and action
All we do springs from our passion to be servants of God who joyfully give their time, abilities, and money to facilitate authentic service.
What We Believe
Foremost, we are a Christian church, expressing our faith and salvation in the person and work of Jesus Christ. We are also a Baptist congregation, expressing our Christianity through these historic Baptist principles:
We believe in the priesthood of all believers. We affirm the freedom and responsibility of every person to relate directly to God without the imposition of creed or the control of clergy or government.
We believe in the authority of Scripture. We believe the Bible, under the Lordship of Christ, is central to the life of the individual and the church. We affirm the freedom and right of every Christian to interpret and apply scripture under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the autonomy of every local church. We believe Baptist churches are free, under the Lordship of Christ, to determine their membership and leadership, to order their worship and work, to ordain whomever they perceive as gifted for ministry and to participate as they deem appropriate in the larger Body of Christ.
We believe in freedom of religion, freedom for religion, and freedom from religion. We support the separation of church and state.
For the most part, our church relates to the ministry and mission of The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and The Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. We also maintain ties with The Tennessee Baptist Convention, and The Southern Baptist Convention. We regularly contribute to the work of The Baptist World Alliance and The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.