Who We Are

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Who We Are

Edgefield First Baptist Church exists to honor and glorify God by obeying Jesus' command to make disciples of all people groups (See Matthew 28:18-20).

We are a sovereign and democratic Baptist church under the lordship of Jesus Christ. The membership retains unto itself the exclusive right of self-government in all phases of the spiritual and temporal life of this church.

Our Statement of Faith:

We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God and the basis for our beliefs. We join together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost humanity. Edgefield First Baptist subscribes to the doctrinal statement of the Bapist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Bapist Convention in 1963.

Here is a 6 minute video explaining what we believe:

Key Characteristics

Faith is the key to our identity. Our common faith in Jesus Christ defines who we are. Hence, we identify ourselves by His name, as Christians and corporately as His body, the church. This common faith creates unity in the church and makes us family. Through faith we receive the grace by which we become sons and daughters of God, brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, and brothers and sisters to one another.

Family is having a common origin. We have been created by the Living God in His image. To be family is to seek the common good. Our caring is not only for ourselves, but also for the rest of the family. To be family is to foster growth. In the family of faith, this growth includes bringing others into the family and helping all the members to reach maturity in Christ.

Growth Families foster both numerical and individual growth. Among other things, new births and succeeding generations ensure the continuation of the family. This is one reason we share the gospel. But we also share the gospel so that as individuals we can grow into the persons God wants us to be. Moreover, while salvation is instantaneous, growth spans a lifetime. For this reason, we provide regular opportunities for people to continue to grow in the knowledge of God and commitment to Jesus Christ.

Caring: Some treasures are too valuable to keep to oneself. Chief among these is the love of God. As we first received God's love, so we love those around us. Our love means that we share the pain and the joy of the other children of God. It means that we have warm fellowship within the family and that we constantly communicate to all others that we have a place in the family for them. Finally it means that we imitate Jesus in seeking to meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of others.

Equal and Inclusive: Every child of God is unique, and we have a common bond, which transcends our differences: we are all persons created in the image of God and persons for whom Jesus Christ died. Therefore, our church is inclusive of all people, regardless of background, age, race, gender or social status. Furthermore, opportunities for growth and service are open to all people and are qualified only by how each individual has been gifted and called by God. Our being equal and inclusive are mandated by the gospel and stressed by the emphasis in our Baptist heritage on the priesthood of believers and the autonomy of the local church.

Empowerment and Commitment: Like our very salvation, our service for Christ is possible only because we are empowered by the Holy Spirit. Yet by grace, God has made us partners with the Spirit in sharing the gospel and building the Kingdom. Therefore, we are a committed people. We commit ourselves to the faithful stewardship of our church, our time, our resources, our spiritual gifts—in short, everything we have—so that we might serve Christ faithfully.