Welcome to First Baptist Church
We’re Glad You’re Here!
If it’s your first time at First Baptist, welcome to the family!
We understand showing up at a new church for the first time can be nerve-wracking, so here’s more information about First Baptist and what you can expect.
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What to Expect
You’re welcome here.
We understand showing up at a new place for the first time can be nerve-wracking, so here’s more information about First Baptist Church and what you can expect.
From the parking lot to the auditorium, our guest services team is here to guide you and answer any questions you have.
Stop by our Next Steps station. We have a gift for you and a team of people to show you around and help you navigate your first steps.
Practical Bible Teaching
Each week you can expect faithful and practical preaching from the Bible.
A Place to Belong
We aren’t meant to do life alone. No matter your life stage, there’s a group for you. Our Sunday School groups are a place of belonging, care, and discipleship.
Spiritual Investment in Your Children
We offer fun and engaging ways for kids and teens to learn about faith in Jesus and develop biblical foundations for their lives.
Real love for Jesus
Our first value is about our real love for Jesus Christ. The Christian life is a call to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose from the grave for his people. One of our responses to that great work is to love him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matthew 22:37).
Genuine Care for People
God has loved us by giving his Son for us, and now his love has been poured into our heart. One of the evidences of his love for us is our love for others. At First Baptist, people are not nuisances or interruptions. They are objects of our love and care just as they are for God himself (1 John 3:11).
Multigenerational Pursuit of Godliness
God calls his people to a discipleship journey of growing in godliness. God, however, does not call us to do this in an isolated way, but as members of a church family. One of the great realities of our church is the presence of people across the spectrum of life from babies to great-grandparents. We are committed to growth in godliness that happens in each of these stages of life (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).
Radical Ambition for the Nations
The Great Commission demands that we be faithful in preaching the gospel in Jacksonville, but also demands that we be involved in taking the gospel to the nations. We desire to see, not just Jacksonville, but the entire world come to know Jesus Christ, and we want to be part of the effort in bringing them to know him (Psalm 67:4).
Total Commitment to the Bible
The Bible is the authoritative Word of God. In it God speaks to his people and tells them who he is, who they are, and what he demands of them. Because the Bible is the actual word of God it has authority over us, and since it has complete authority over us, we are totally committed to it (2 Peter 1:20-21).
Serious Joy in Worship
In the Bible, worship refers to the activity of lifting praise to God that happens in a specific time and place, and it also refers to an entire lifestyle where all our lives are given over to Jesus Christ. At First Baptist, we take both forms of worship seriously, and we are committed to doing that with hearts full of joy (Psalm 100:1-2).
Bold Passion for our City
Throughout Scripture, God is described as doing his work in cities. God has placed us in the great city of Jacksonville, Florida, and we are asking him to do a great work in this city. Our call to serve Jesus in Jacksonville fuels our love for this city. As a church, we want to love our city, serve it, and make kingdom investments in it (Acts 14:21).