First Southern
Baptist Church
Sunday Service 10:45am

620-793-8444

firstsouthernGB@gmail.com

3301 19th St

Great Bend, KS 67530

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Our Beliefs

We are a Southern Baptist Church, that is biblically-centered, gospel-focused and mission driven.

 

The "Gospel" or good news, is what differentiates churches, denominations, religions, and affiliations.

Through this Gospel we learn that we cannot fix ourselves, but we have a great redeemer who can and does.

Jesus did the work so that we do not have too.  Jesus finished the work because we trip and fall.

It is just Jesus by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) that we come to know and love God.

We do not add anything extra to make that happen.

Church attendance, baptism, good deeds, communion, and other religious activities

do not gain us access to God or eternal life.  

Galatians 2:21 says it this way, "I do not nullify the grace of God,

for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose."

This simply means that if we could gain access to God on our own, Jesus didn't need to die.

Everyone has to answer some of life's more philosophical questions at some point or another. 

These are questions like: why is there something instead of nothing, what's wrong with the world,

and how do we fix it?

Why is there something instead of nothing?

Did everything that is come by accident or by an intelligent designer?  If what is here came by design, who designed it, who made it, and how did it happen?

We believe that the God of the Bible is the creator and only true God.  (Genesis 1-2) God exists as one in three; one God in three distinct but not separate persons.  God has revealed himself to us as Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. 

What's wrong with the world?

(the Bad News)

God the creator stated that everything he made was good, but by the choice of humanity we broke that.  We choose to go our own way instead of God's way. (Genesis 3) By this choice death entered the world.  This relates to physical death and brokenness, but we also  fractured our relationship with God, with ourselves, and with each other.  

We can trace the ills of society to the event of sin. This might sound like harsh talk, but explaining the hurt of this world apart from a theology is confusing at best. 

How do we fix it?

(the Amazingly Good News)

Since this time people have been trying to invent ways to make things right or "reconnect" with God.  We have invented numerous religions, governments, philosophies, and meanings.  If God exists and has made himself known then we come to experience him by the means he has granted us access.

Creation, the Bible, and the person of Jesus is how God has revealed himself to us.  We must look into these avenues to see how things can be made right.

Because we now know God to be holy, just, and right he cannot excuse sin (choices to reject God).  Someone had to pay the price for this.  Jesus has paid that price.  "He (Jesus) was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5 ESV)

We believe that people are longing to fill their lives with something.  People long to be loved, important, respected, accomplished, or remembered.  We believe that apart from an abiding  relationship with Jesus you cannot have a "full life"(John 10:10). 

We believe that things cannot be fixed or made right without Jesus.

Because of the cross and the empty tomb it is no longer about what we must do, but is about what Jesus has done.

We come to a relationship with Jesus as a gift being extended out to us.  We receive that gift of being saved or fixed by faith.  Believing that Jesus is who he said and is and will do what we says he will do.

In God we have a new purpose in living for him and proclaiming him to the world.  That might now use us to transform the world around us.

Ephesians 2:4-10 "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses (sin), made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved-and raised us up with and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."