The mission of The First Baptist Church of Connellsville shall be to maintain Christian Worship and Services for the spiritual benefit of the members; the conversion of the lost; and the extension of Christ’s Kingdom in this community and throughout the world.
Statement of Faith
First Baptist Church of Connellsville, in accordance with the historic Baptist traditions, holds to the Bible as the sole authority for the church and believers, Believers Baptism by Immersion, Liberty of Conscience, the Separation of Church and State, and the Priesthood of all Believers.
AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURES
The Bible is the inspired, authoritative and infallible Word of God and is our sole rule of faith and practice. It is the standard by which all human conduct and creeds should be tried. It is our intention that we ground everything we believe, say, and do as a church in thoughtful, careful, prayerful submission to the Word of God under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
There is only one true and living God who is manifested in three eternal and coequal persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God possesses holiness, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, love, mercy, and all other perfections. All humankind owes to Him supreme faith and allegiance.
Humankind has been created in the image of God, but through Adam’s fall is now sinful, lost, and condemned. By deliberate choice, all participate in sin, which is open rebellion to God’s law. Notwithstanding the fall, all human life through creation has value and dignity.
JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH
Human beings can be forgiven of sin and justified solely through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ who died for sinners and rose again from the dead. Only by repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ the Lord can acceptance with God be attained.
This is the word of the Holy Spirit by which believers receive a new nature from God. Christian growth or sanctification is the continuation of the new life which begin with the new birth at the acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior.
We believe the church, in its widest sense, includes all believers of all ages. The church is manifested visibly in the local body of baptized believers who covenant together to worship and fellowship, observe the ordinances, and evangelize the unbeliever.
Jesus Christ will return, at a time unknown to us now. At that time He will raise the dead and judge all people. Believers will enjoy an eternal state of blessedness in heaven while unbelievers will experience eternal separation from God in hell.
EVANGELISM AND SOCIAL CONCERN
The church has been called to preach the gospel so that individual people can receive salvation. We are also to become involved in the improvement of society by advocating Biblical principles against poverty, racism, violence, and all forms of injustice.