Our History

Our beliefs

Good News For Mankind!

How To Join This Church





Our History

The First Baptist Church of Grant, Alabama was founded on May 22, 1930 when eleven people under God’s leadership took the initiative to bind themselves together in a covenant relationship. Their desire was to be able to worship God, preach and teach the Word of God according to the deep conviction of the people known across the years as “Baptists”. The eleven people who made this commitment were H.L. Nipper, Mr. and Mrs. O.E. Lemley, Katherine Derrick, Mr. and Mrs. D.M. Segler, Lola Segler McDonald and Mrs. W.W. Ayers.

The real history of the church is told in the lives of dedication that these, and others who have joined them, have shown through the years. Our history tells of souls saved, lives changed and people ministered to in both spiritual and physical ways.

There was no church structure during the first ten years of this fellowship's existence. The people met to worship in homes, the schoolhouse and the little rock building which is now the front of McDonald's Building Supply Store. Help was given by the Marshall Baptist Association and the Home Mission Board to build a wood frame auditorium withsix classrooms in 1941. During this same year, a pastorium was completed. The people planted a cotton patch that produced $250.00. This, along with the money from the Home Mission Board, provided the money for the first building and pastorium. Mrs. D.M. Segler gave an acre of land for this. Solitude Church gave in the form of labor and materials. The present concrete block building was finished in 1956. Four years later the present auditorium was constructed and the old church building removed. Another acre of land was purchased in 1969 and the present pastorium built. The present educational building was started in May 1974, and the first service was held in it on November 20, 1974. It was dedicated on January 5, 1975. An extensive redecorating took place and a dedication service was held February 15, 1987.

A multi-purpose Christian Life Center (CLC) has been constructed and was dedicated unto the Lord in the spring of 2000. It incorporates a full court gymnasium, commercial kitchen, game room, library, staff office space and much needed classroom space.


Our beliefs

 

DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

The Word of GOD  we believe both the Old and New Testament scriptures as preserved are the inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of God. All complete and sufficient, and are authoritative for faith and practice in the believers relationship with God. (Ps. 119:160; Ps. 12:6-7; Pro. 30:5a; II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:19-21)

The One True God - the Bible teaches in the one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three distinct persons but without division of nature, essence or being. Co-equal in power and glory and having a distinct ministry in God’s relation to His creation and people. (Gen. 1:1 Exo. 15:11; Deut. 6:4; Ps. 83:18; 139:7-9; Matt. 28:19; Jn 10:30; 15:26; Acts 5:3-4; II Corin. 13:14)

The Lord Jesus Christ - the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Triune God. Jesus is God in flesh, the “God Man”, begotten of the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, was tempted as we are, yet without sin. Being the perfect “Lamb of God” he freely gave His life to redeem the sins of man. He gave himself in death on the cross, bearing the sins of the world, arose from the grave conquering death and ascended into Heaven as the intercessor and the advocate before the Father for all those that will receive Him as Saviour.  (Isa 7:14; Matt 1:18 - 25; Jn 1:1, 14; 3:16; Gal 4:4, 5; Col 2:9; Phil 2:6-10; I Corin. 15:3-7; Heb 4:14 - 17; I Jn 2:1, 2)

The Holy Spirit - we believe the Holy Spirit is the third divine person of the Trinity that instantaneously and supernaturally indwells the hearts of those that receive the Lord Jesus as Saviour. He regenerates, seals, anoints, guides, teaches and baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. (Jn 3:5; 14:16, 17, 26; Jn 16:7-14; Rom 8:9; I Corin 12: 12 - 14; II Corin 3:6, 18; Eph 1:13, 14;  5:18;  Matt 28:19; I Peter 1:2)

Mankind - man was created in the image and likeness of God. By choice man chose to sin and disobey God and is by inherited nature, born in sin, and sinful. Being born in sin man is alienated from a relationship with God, and is under the condemnation of God with no means of salvation within himself. (Gen 1:27; 2:17; 3:6; Ps. 51:5; 58:3; Rom 3:23; 5:12-21; I Corin. 2:14;  Gal 3:11)

Salvation by Grace Through Faith - God loves man enough, “in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us”. Mans salvation/redemption was purchased by the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. Christ paid the sin debt for man by his vicarious death. Mans only obligation is to admit his helplessness in his sin nature, repent of his sins, and by faith trust solely in the finished work of the cross and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Salvation cannot be earned, it is the “gift of God” to all those that will freely accept it. (Eph. 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Jn 1:12; 3:14, 10:28, 29; Rom 8:1; Phil 1:6; II Pet 3:9; I Jn 2:2; I Corin 15: 1 - 4; Rev 22:17)

Eternal Security - those that trust in the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ are “sealed unto the day of redemption” and eternally saved. (Jn 3:8; Gal 3:24 - 26; I Jn 5: 11-13; Jn 3:16; Jn 6:36-40)

Satan - is literal and personal, was created holy but through pride and wicked ambition rebelled against God, cast from Heaven and given limited reign of the earth with evil spirits. Defeated at Calvary, but God allows his devices to be used, but only to bring glory to the Lord Jesus. The Christian has the power of resistance and victory through the Blood of Christ. His doom is certain. (Isa. 14:14 - 21, Jn. 16:11; Eph. 2: 1 - 4; Rev. 20: 10)

Heaven and Hell - the Bible teaches there is a literal Heaven being prepared for the saints of God and a literal Hell for those that reject the Lord Jesus. (Jn. 14:1-6, Matt 31 - 34; Rev. 20:11 - 15; Matt 25:41, 45, 46; Luke 16:19-31)

The Local Church, Baptism, Communion  - the Bible teaches the assembling together of Baptized, immersed, believers that worship the Lord in Spirit and truth, in unity and harmony, and without confusion. Each Church is to carry out the “Great Commission” and observe Baptism by immersion, and the taking the of Lord’s Supper. (Acts 2:38, Acts 16: 30-33 1st Corin. 11:23 - 32  I Corin 12:13; Eph 1:22, 23; 4:11-15; Gal 1:22)

Missions - The Local Church is to actively support the Gospel Message that is carried to the nations abroad, thus having a part in fulfilling the great commission given by the Lord. (Matt. 28: 19 & 20)

Second Coming - The Bible teaches the pre-tribulational, pre-millennial and imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ. First is the “catching away” of the saints, then a seven year period of tribulation, then the Second Coming of the Lord to rule and to reign the earth for the millennium. (Matt. 24:44, John 14:1 - 3, 1st Corin. 15: 51 - 57, 1st Thess. 4:13 - 18)


Good News For Mankind!

God has a desire for you and I to know Him personally. Would you like to know how?

Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." The only perfect person that walked this Earth was the Jesus Christ. We are guilty of sin. The first part in knowing God is admitting that we have sinned. We must be willing to confess our sins to God. When we confess, we are not telling God something He doesn't already know. We are merely agreeing with God that what we have done, is sin and is not pleasing to Him.

Romans 6:23a, "For the wages of sin is death...". Because of our sin, our punishment is death. Since the original sin of Eve, we all have to experience a physical death. Not only is there a physical death, but there is a spiritual death as well. Spiritual death is an eternal separation from God. Just as a criminal deserves punishment for his crime, we too deserve a penalty for our sin, and that penalty is death.

Romans 6:23b, "but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." God offers the gift of eternal life so that we do not have to experience the death we deserve. This is a free gift to anyone who will accept it. All you have to do is take it. We cannot earn it and we certainly do not deserve it.

Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for yours and my sin. He loved us enough give His life in order that we might be able to spend eternity with Him. Three days after His death, Jesus rose from the grave. This was to show that He has the power over life and death.

Romans 10:13, "For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." God wants us to call out to Him to ask for the free gift of eternal life that only He can offer. Notice that the Bible doesn't say, "you might be saved", but that "you will be saved." You can know today that you have eternal life in Christ, if you are willing to ask it of Him.

Romans 10:9-10, "That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Confessing that Jesus is Lord means that you desire a transfer to take place in your life. The word Lord means, "owner and ruler." This transfer that takes place is you giving Jesus your life. Until we are able to do this, we are not able to call Him Lord.

So where are you today? Do you know for certain that if you were to die right now, you would spend eternity in heaven? If you cannot say yes, would you like to know for sure? Here is a simple prayer that you can pray right now to God.

"Jesus, I know that I have sinned. I ask you to please forgive me of my sins. This day, I give my life to you. I want you to be my Lord and my Savior. I believe that you died and rose again three days later. Thank you Jesus, for giving me the free gift of eternal life. Amen"

If you prayed that prayer, John 1:12 says, "Yet to all who receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." You are now apart of the family of God! If you have prayed this prayer, I would like to hear from you. Please contact us and tell us what God has just done in your life!


How To Join This Church

If you wish to join First Baptist Church, we would love to have you. The New Testament is clear that there is no such thing as a “Lone Ranger” Christian. The life of faith, while personal, is designed to be lived out in a body of believers. We’re a body…The Body of Christ at First Baptist Church.

Baptism – If you have prayed and received Christ as your personal Savior, you can join as a candidate for baptism.

Letter – If you have been Saved and Baptized by immersion, you can request for your letter of membership be transferred from another Baptist Church.

Statement – If you have been Saved and Baptized by immersion, and for some reason your letter of membership is not available, or you are coming from a Church of a different faith, you can join by your Statement of Faith.