First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa exists to magnify Jesus Christ and multiply His Kingdom, to mature believers into effective Christ-followers, and to minister to others in Jesus name.
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 in the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ (Believers’ baptism and the Lord’s Supper), 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. Since its founding in January 1818, First Baptist Church (FBC) Tuscaloosa has sought to reflect these truths in the context of downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama. FBC is a Southern Baptist Congregation and for over 200 years has been a place where those who follow Jesus can gather together to worship Him, invite others into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, and equip them to serve God faithfully—placing the needs of others first and sharing the gospel boldly.
Relational Evangelism: We lovingly share the Gospel.
Worship: We seek to magnify God.
Discipleship: We equip members to practice the faith.
Fellowship: We strengthen one another through growing relationships.
Ministry: We minister to others through our spiritual gifts and financial resources.
First Baptist Declaration
In the fall of 2013 FBC took steps to make clear where we, as a congregation, stand regarding pressing cultural and moral concerns. To learn more click below. If you have any questions regarding this declaration, please feel free to contact us.
What We Believe
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 has eternally existed as Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
(Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.)
Jesus Christ: We affirm that there is only one Savior and only one gospel, although there is a wide diversity of evangelistic approaches. We recognize that everyone has some knowledge of God through his general revelation in nature. But we deny that this can save, for people suppress the truth by their unrighteousness. We also reject as derogatory to Christ and the gospel every kind of syncretism and dialogue which implies that Christ speaks equally through all religions and ideologies. Jesus Christ, being himself the only God-man, born of a virgin, who gave himself as the only ransom for sinners—is the only mediator between God and people. There is no other name by which we are saved. All men and women are perishing because of sin, but God loves everyone, not wishing that any should perish but that all should repent. Yet those who reject Christ repudiate the joy of salvation and condemn themselves to eternal separation from God. To proclaim Jesus as "the Savior of the world" is not to affirm that all people are either automatically or ultimately saved, still less to affirm that all religions offer salvation in Christ. Rather it is to proclaim God's love for a world of sinners and to invite everyone to respond to him as Savior and Lord in the wholehearted personal commitment of repentance and faith. Jesus Christ has been exalted above every other name; we long for the day when every knee shall bow to him and every tongue shall confess him Lord.
(Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 53:1-12; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.)
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.
(Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.)
You can follow this link to read the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message, which more fully expounds our beliefs.