Beliefs

First Baptist Church of Newtown exists for:

The GLORY of God, the GROWTH of Christ-followers, and the GOSPEL of Christ proclaimed to our community & beyond!


five Core Values of Our Church

EXPOSITORY PREACHING Proclaiming the authority of God’s Word (2 Timothy 4:2)


EXALTATION OF CHRIST Lifting up the name of Jesus in worship (John 4:24)


EXPECTANT PRAYER Believing in the power of prayer (Philippians 4:6-7)


EXCITING GROWTH Becoming better disciples of God’s Truth (Colossians 1:28)


EXTRAORDINARY WITNESS Sharing the Gospel with fearlessness (Ephesians 6:19-20)

Joining a local church is such an important step in following Christ. God made us to live in community together! We encourage and edify each other. We keep each other accountable for holy living. We love and support each other. Membership means that you affirm the teachings of Scripture and place your faith in Jesus. At First Baptist Newtown, every member meets two important criteria:

1. Every member is a follower of Jesus Christ.

We believe that the church is not a building but a body of committed followers of Jesus Christ doing life together. The first and most important step in any person’s life is receiving Jesus Christ as personal Lord, Savior, and Shepherd.

2. Every member has been baptized as a Believer.

Baptism does not contribute to a person’s salvation but it is very important because Jesus commanded us to do it. Jesus himself was baptized, giving us an example, and then commanded that we follow after we become believers. Baptism is highly symbolic of a new believer leaving his or her former life in sin and embracing new life found in Jesus Christ. Scripture clearly indicates immersion (or being placed fully underwater) as the type of baptism practiced by the early church. We are distinctively baptist, meaning that baptism is an important doctrine to our church. 

What is Baptism all about?

Baptism is a declaration of your new relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a response to following Jesus and the first step of obedience. Baptism does not save a person or give any more grace, rather it is a symbolic act representing your new relationship with God.
Why should I be baptized?
  1. Jesus commanded it. (Matthew 28:19-20).
  2. It is a significant Milestone. Baptism is a point in your life when you make your walk with Jesus Christ public. It is a milestone to remember in your path of following God.
What is the meaning of baptism?
  1. You identify with Christ’s burial and resurrection from the dead. (Colossians 2:12)
  2. You declare your new life as a Christian. In the years following Jesus’ resurrection, the early church would baptize new believers in a river or lake. Before entering the water, the new believer would take their outer garment off. They would be baptized and then given a new outer garment when they came out of the water. This act was symbolic of the passing of the old life and the person being made new in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Why should I be baptized by immersion?
Different denominations of the Christian faith baptize differently. Scripture should be your guide in understanding Baptism. Being baptized by immersion simply means that you are totally immersed underwater (though not for long). It is the pattern supported by the New Testament. Here are three brief reasons why we practice immersion:
  1. Jesus was baptized by immersion (Matthew 3:16).
  2. Every Baptism in the Bible was by immersion (Acts 8:38-39).
  3. The Greek word baptizo literally means, “to immerse.”

Beliefs

  • We believe the Bible is the Word of God, written through men by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Triune Godhead. Scripture reveals who God is, and the history of what He has done, is doing, and will do, how we can be reconciled to Him. We affirm the inerrancy, infallibility, and authority of Scripture. It is a certain foundation for our faith.
  • We believe in the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is holy. He knows all things in the past, in the present, and in the future perfectly. God the Father adopts people into His family through faith in Jesus Christ. God the Son is fully God and also fully man and was born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect life, died as a substitutionary atonement for all who believe in Him, was raised back to life in a perfect body, and is seated in Heaven where He is today with the Father. God the Holy Spirit indwells those who have been spiritually reborn by trusting in Jesus’ salvific act on Calvary; He comforts Christians and guides Christians through the life-long process of sanctification.
  • We believe every human being is made in the image of God. Human beings were made by the triune God to worship and glorify Him. But because of the sin of the first human being Adam, we are each born spiritually dead in sin and we cannot change that by ourselves. When someone has been reborn and truly believed in Jesus, they are not made morally perfect but they do turn away from their sins and turn towards God; God’s Bible calls this turning “repentance.”
  • We believe that the only way someone can have eternal life with God is by God’s grace through his faith in Jesus Christ alone. There is nothing any of us can do to earn eternal life or a place in Heaven. Everyone who has truly trusted in Jesus Christ alone will be kept by God to the end, and everyone who does not truly trust in Jesus Christ alone will spend eternity in Hell suffering His righteous anger, what His Word calls His “wrath,” for their sins.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ will return and that then God will judge every human being who has ever lived.  Each person who has put his trust in Jesus will not only receive eternal life but a body that cannot die or be broken, and each of those people will live with God forever in a new creation that has no evil, death, or suffering.
  • We believe God is making a people for Himself called “the church,” and that there are individual local churches that make up that larger group of people. Those churches should be led by Christlike men who know God and His Word called “pastors” or “elders,” and every Christian who makes up these churches is given gifts by God’s Holy Spirit to help them be blessed and healthy.

Doctrinal Affiliation

We cooperate with the Southern Baptist Convention. We affirm the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message which can be found here:

Baptist Faith and Message