What We Believe

What We Believe

Our Purpose

Richmond’s First Baptist Church is working to bring the kingdom of heaven to Richmond, Virginia (KOH2RVA) and beyond.

Our People

We are a unique congregation where people from diverse cultural, ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds join together to put God’s love in action. Some have a lifetime of faith experiences. Others have become followers of Christ later in life. All find a home in our church with opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship and service.

Our people celebrate and draw strength from our diversity, which finds its unity in the Lord Jesus Christ. We embrace an international perspective with more than ten different languages spoken among our members. Men and women serve as deacons and as ordained staff in leading services and preaching sermons.

We have a large active preschool and children’s ministry and our students are drawn from over 40 schools across the Richmond area. Our ministries include: divorce recovery, a deaf congregation, outreach to the homeless and disadvantaged, and mission trip opportunities both internationally and closer to home. Many members of our congregation have answered God’s call to serve as missionaries in the U.S. and internationally. Our church is committed to the support of missions through going, giving and praying. 

Our Shared Values and Beliefs

We believe Jesus Christ is our Savior and Lord. He teaches us how to live an abundant life, full of joy in service and in fellowship with God. We strive to put the risen Christ at the center of everything we do. 

We believe the Bible is the Word of God. Scripture reveals God’s plan for salvation through Jesus Christ. It teaches us how to live, serve and become his disciples. With Christ as our guide, example and interpreter of scriptures, we need no other mediator between us and God. Each day, through prayer and personal Bible study, we strive to deepen our relationship with God and our understanding of his purpose for us.

We believe Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are symbolic celebrations of grace. Believer’s Baptism celebrates new life in Christ. The Lord’s Supper celebrates Christ’s sacrifice for us on the Cross.

We believe the Church is the body of Christ on earth. A local congregation (church) is a fellowship of believers, not a building or institution. Each individual congregation is autonomous, yet part of the larger body of Christ with many expressions and locations. Believers achieve oneness in Christ that transcends all human limitations, including the differences that exist between denominations. 

Our Relationships with Other Baptist Groups

First Baptist Church relates to the River City Faith Network (of the Richmond Baptist Association), the Baptist General Association of Virginia, and the Baptist World Alliance, and supports missionaries through the Southern Baptist Convention and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

How We’re Organized

First Baptist Church is organized around seven ministry areas: CommunityInvitation, Formation, Worship, Compassion, Support, and Communication with the common goal of helping to bring the kingdom of heaven to Richmond and the world.

See About Us and Our Worship for more information.