First Baptist Church of Dayton is a Baptist Church in the heart of downtown Dayton . We are attempting to be the “body of Christ” in a particular location. While we honor the individual’s commitment to Jesus Christ, we are conscious that we are a community of faith. Our focus is on providing the best possible training for our members to “practice” the faith. We believe that “practices” are of the essence of Christianity. Among the essential practices are worship, witness, pray, service, and stewardship.
First Baptist Church of Dayton belongs to American Baptist Churches U.S.A. ABC USA has headquarters in Valley Forge , PA. FBC Dayton is a member of the ABC Ohio Region and the Dayton Area Baptist Association.
At First Baptist Church we have covenanted together to read, hear, and incorporate the teachings of Scripture in our daily lives. Our concern is that we love God with all our heart and all our mind. With passion and intellectual rigor we are becoming more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Please know that you are welcome to join us in this exciting journey of faith.
A prophet in the wilderness
(William Blake, 1820)
Today is the first Sunday in the season of Lent, when we are invited to examine the roots of our Christian discipleship and identify Jesus’ journey to the cross. The early Sundays are a wilderness time, an opportunity to go deep into our hearts and the souls of our communities, to recognize the horror and depth of our estrangement from God, and to begin systematically to put things right. The artist has put a glow around the face of the prophet to symbolize the genuine piety. Over the centuries we have confused the idea of piety with a kind of strained public performance in attitude, word, and actions. During our Lenten journey we will seek the true piety given by God and not a forced public display.
To build an open, diverse, welcoming, informed, and inclusive Christian community where non-religious, nominally religious persons, and deeply religious persons become or continue their journey as committed Christians.
To transform lives, to energize our community, to participate in the renewal of our city, and to participate in the renewal of the mainline church by serving as an informed and spiritual creative center.
When you attend First Baptist Church of Dayton, you will find that we are intentional about our commitment to read, to study, to preach, and to apply the teachings of the Bible. Our pastor will interpret the Scripture using the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the academy, and the positive principles of critical biblical scholarship. We celebrate together the Bible as the church's book inspired by the Holy Spirit.
You will find compelling preaching of the Word. Using resources from every possible discipline, our pastors bring the Word of God to bear on our lives in real, prophetic, at times comforting, at other times disturbing, and at all times, in faithful ways.
You will find a church that deliberately accents our distinctive Baptist ways, principles, and traditions. We are committed to the priesthood of the believer, the integrity and truthfulness of the Bible, free will of each human being, local autonomy of the church, ecumenical and interfaith ministry, separation of church and state, and obedient discipleship.
You will find a community of believers who don't insist on labels and a particular set of dogmas or beliefs. First Baptist Church members come from a diverse community of faith. Together we are struggling to be faithful to Jesus Christ.
You will discover a church practicing liturgy across a broad range of musical, artistic, and spiritual venues.You are invited to worship at First Baptist Church each Sunday morning at 10:30.