First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa is a Southern Baptist Congregation located in downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
First Baptist Church is at 721 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 (across Greensboro Avenue from the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse, between 7th and 9th Streets in Downtown Tuscaloosa). Click here for Directions and Parking Information.
- Relational Evangelism: We passionately share the gospel.
- Worship: We seek intimacy with God.
- Discipleship: We equip members to practice the faith.
- Fellowship: We strengthen one another through growing relationships.
- Ministry: We expect each member to join us in ministering through his or her spiritual gifts and financial resources.
What We Believe (from the Baptist Faith and Message)
The Bible: We believe the Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to man. While written by men divinely inspired, God is the Author of the Bible. The Bible is truth without any mixture of error. It reveals God’s principles for life and is the supreme standard upon which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be based.
God: We believe there is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being. He is the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinitely holy and perfect. He manifests Himself to us as Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Mankind: We believe that mankind was created in the image of God and is the crowning work of God’s creation. In the beginning mankind was innocent of sin but was given by the Creator freedom of choice. Unfortunately, by the free choice of the first two people ever created, mankind sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Because of that transgression every member of the human race has inherited a nature inclined toward sin, and as soon as they are capable of moral action become transgressors and separated from God. Only the grace of God can bring a person back into a right relationship with God. Because God created mankind in His image and because Christ died for mankind every human being possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Salvation: We believe that salvation from sin and eternal life in heaven is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, Who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. Salvation is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Jesus Christ. We believe that repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of God’s grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment to Him as Lord and Savior. Therefore, we believe that salvation comes when a person genuinely repents of his sin and places his complete faith in Jesus Christ alone.
The Church: We believe that the New Testament refers to the Church as the body of Christ and speaks of the church in two ways. First, it speaks of the church as a local body of Christ in which believers are associated by faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, committed to His teachings, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Second, the New Testament speaks of the church universally as the body of Christ in all times and places.
Ordinances: We believe and practice two church ordinances: Christian baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Christian baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, Jesus Christ. It also symbolizes the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby believers, through partaking of bread and fruit juice remember and memorialize the death of Christ and anticipate His second coming.
Evangelism and Missions: We believe it is the privilege and duty of every believer and every church to strive to take the gospel to all people and to all nations. Because it is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ, it is the duty of every believer to seek constantly to personally, and by all other means and methods, to share the gospel with all people.
Stewardship: We believe that God is the source of all blessings and that all we have and are we owe to Him. As a result believers are spiritual debtors and have a binding responsibility and stewardship in their time, talents, and material possessions to use them for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Bible, believers should give of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the cause of Christ on earth.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
– John 3:16
First Baptist exists to magnify Jesus Christ and multiply His kingdom, to mature believers into effective Christ-followers, and to minister to others in Jesus’ name.
721 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Family Ministry Building: 205-391-3115
Senior Pastor: Dr. Gil McKee