---About Our Church

There are several ways you can check out our services before you decide to come.  Visit our media page where you can watch our worship services live or by watching our services on demand.
---What should I expect at First Baptist?
At First Baptist, we invite people to come as they are. Everyone is welcome and as you look around you will see people from different backgrounds and cultures. First Baptist is a diverse community of believers in Jesus Christ.
You will find our membership dressed in a wide variety of styles from as casual as jeans to as formal as suits and dresses. Our focus is more on the heart than the outward appearance. We are not perfect people, but our desire is to teach and show what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. You will hear the name of Jesus over and over in all that we do, because we believe it is all about Him. We are here to worship Jesus and learn more about being followers of Christ.
---Things you should know…
  •  On Sunday mornings we encourage everyone to be involved in two different things: a morning worship service and a Connection Class.  Attending both a worship service and Bible study lasts approximately two and a half hours.
  • The purpose of our morning worship service is to gather together for worship and hear a Bible-based message from our Pastor, Tom Hodge.
  • The purpose of our Connection Classes is to gain a better understanding of the Bible, to build stronger relationships, and to get answers to life’s toughest issues in a much smaller setting than a worship service.
  • Childrens Connection Classes are available for preschool-5th graders from 9.00 am until the end of our second worship service every Sunday morning.  This is a safe and secure place for your children while you attend a morning worship service and Sunday School.  All leaders are background checked, trained and each room in monitored by recorded video.  The preschool cameras can be watched from our childcare desk.
  • As you enter our Worship Center, ushers will welcome you, provide you with an informative worship guide, assist you in seating, and answer any questions you may have.
  • During our morning worship services, you will notice offering plates being passed through the congregation for members to give their tithes and offerings. At this point, all we ask of you is to fill out the “Welcome to First Baptist” tear off”. This will help us know of your visit and contact you only if you would like more information about the church. We will not use this information for anything else.
  • If you have any other questions, stop by the Guest Center and someone will be glad to assist you.  The Guest Center opens at 9.00 am
  During each service enjoy worship music followed by teaching from God’s Word by Pastor Tom Hodge.
---Connection Classes for all ages
Children (Birth-5th grade) – Seaside Kids classes are for children age-graded in order for your child to learn at his or her own level of understanding.
Middle & High School Students (6-12th grade) – Every Sunday morning middle and high school students meet and enjoy activities and games before attending a small group Bible study.
College-Age Adults – Every Sunday morning college-age adults meet for a large group Bible study.
Single Adults – Single adults meet in small groups every Sunday morning to study the Bible and get to know each other.
Married Adults – Although Married Adults are a large group, we have small classes where you can meet other adults who are your age and in the same life situation.
---What if I want more information or to become a member of First Baptist?
  You are invited to Dinner with the Pastor to learn more about First Baptist and answer any questions you may have. If you are thinking about joining our church, Dinner with the Pastor is a great opportunity to become a church member. You will be introduced to the ministerial staff and hear what First Baptist believes. There is no charge for the event, and child care is provided for birth through fourth grade by advance reservation. Call 941.485.1314 for more information or to make your reservation.
---Joining First Baptist…
Every believer is called to become a member of a local New Testament church. It would be our privilege and honor to have you join First Baptist. To become a church member you must have received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and be baptized by immersion. You may join the church at Dinner with the Pastor, or at the close of the sermon during a worship service, please walk to the front of the Worship Center and share your decision with one of our ministers. He will introduce you to a counselor who will answer your questions and assist you. Once you become a member, we encourage you to get involved in a Connection Class and to find a place to serve within the church.
---What does First Baptist believe?
The Bible: We believe the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.
God: There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Jesus Christ: Christ is the eternal Son of God. Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Salvation: Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who repent from their sin, accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.