Who We Are
“For now, we are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, and we who have been baptized into union with Christ are enveloped by Him. We are no longer Jews or Gentiles, or slaves or free men, or even merely men or women, but we are all the same – we are Christians; we are one in Jesus Christ.” Galatians 3:26-28 (LB)
The Great Commandment: “Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart…soul…and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.'” Matthew 22:36-40
The Great Commission: “Jesus said, ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.'” Matthew 28:19-20
To glorify God through a five-fold purpose.
Demonstrate God’s love using our individual spiritual gifts, talents and professions to meet the needs of our community and the world. MINISTRY
Communicate the good news of God’s son, Jesus Christ. EVANGELISM
Incorporate God’s family through FELLOWSHIP and encouragement of members.
Educate God’s people to grow through Bible study, small groups and the practice of personal spiritual disciplines. DISCIPLESHIP
“God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings.” 1 Peter 4:10
“Through Christ, God made peace between us and himself. Then God gave us the work of bringing others into PEACE with him.” 2 Corinthians 5:18
Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21
In November 2000, Pastor Bill Stevenson and his wife Vicki answered a Pastoral call from Virgin Valley Baptist Church which was to be reorganized as First Baptist Church (FBC) as Senior Pastor. During this time of beginning our Services were held in the Virgin Valley Mortuary as we looked for more permanent space. On Easter Sunday, 2001 FBC held our grand opening at 114 Sandhill Boulevard which would allow for growth.
Under God’s direction and Pastor Bill’s leadership, the church became a very active, growing church which resulted in multiple worship services on Sunday and many lay ministries. The motto for FBC has been “Serving God by Serving the Community” and that has continued to be the driving force behind our growth.
In June of 2005 FBC moved to 700 Hardy Way. The church has continued to grow and minister to the community through ministries serving the community and kingdom of Christ (i.e. Medical Equipment loaning, Christian counseling services, Prayer Ministry, Small Group ministries, Food Bank, Celebrate Recovery, and others.)
In 2009, FBC added Pastor Billy Montgomery (wife Leslee) as Administrative Pastor to oversee the administration of the church. Pastor Billy’s heart has been encouraging our congregation to make prayer a priority; he leads our “sweet hour of prayer on Wednesday nights and actively participates in our men’s Bible Study.
In April 2020, Justin Mosher joined as our Associate Pastor. Brother Justin joins us with his wife Lindsay and daughters Blythe and Phoebe. Justin coordinates discipleship and online ministries for FBC, teaches Sunday Bible Study, and assists in various other ministries.
In December of 2021 Pastor Billy Montgomery became Pastor Emeritus. He and his wife Leslee lead Wednesday night prayer meetings at the church.
To accommodate our continued growth, the Church moved into a larger building in January of 2022 at 830 Hafen Lane.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doin what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living, governing our worldview. It is what we use to guide our very thoughts and actions that separate us from the rest of the world. Through it we come to know God, His attributes, His promises, His love and His correction.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. people are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us security.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is to live eternally in Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Each person makes the decision as to where they spend eternity and must be done before a person breathes their last breath. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.