FBC Bethalto

I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.

Romans 15:14

Service Times

Sunday Morning:

9:00am - Bible Study
10:15am - Worship

Wednesday Evening:

6:00pm - Prayer & Bible Study
6:00pm - Elevate Bible Study
6:00pm - Kidzway
7:10pm - Worship Rehearsal

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Our Beliefs

Church Mission Statement:

The mission of First Baptist Church is to love God and enjoy Him forever, developing such an intimate relationship with our Lord that we may know and be obedient to His Will.  We are to be a loving fellowship, united in purpose, nurturing and equipping each other to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of the body, the community, and the world.  Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we are to praise and worship God, proclaim His love, teach His Word, and preach repentance and forgiveness of sins.

Who is Jesus?

Jesus said, "I AM the way the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).  By using the name of God, YHWY (I AM), Jesus declared Himself to be God in the flesh:  "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father" (John 14:9).  Either Jesus was the image of our invisible God, or he was a dilusionary lunatic!  We believe that both prophetic and historical evidence, as well as The Gospel's power to change lives, leads us to trust the conviction of our hearts, which holds that Jesus is the promised Messiah of Jewish prophecy.

We believe He came from Heaven to die on Earth as a sinless man, in order to make substitution for our selfishness, that we might be reconciled into a loving and obedient relationship with our Heavenly Father.  This is the free gift of "grace" which is imparted to us by God.  We are given what we do not deserve.  This is a radical shift from the prideful, works-based systems of man-made religion.

Verified by His miraculous resurrection, we trust that Jesus will one day return to Earth to judge the living and the dead.  With our souls covered in the atoning blood of our sovereign Savior, we will escape the judgment which we each deserve, and we shall be given new bodies, in order to live with Him in a rejuvenated Creation upon the end of time.

Jesus said, "Let not your hearts be troubled.  I go to prepare a place for you.  Believe in God; believe also in me.  In my Father's house are many rooms.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?" (John 14:1-2).

How Can I Be Saved?

What we believeNo other religion, philosophy, or worldview offers what Jesus Christ offers you today:  By the works of Jesus, God offers you unconditional forgiveness and an eternal relationship which you will never be able to earn.  In light of our resulting brokenness and gratitude, we live out our lives in both humility and obedience to God's Word, The Holy Bible.  This is our means of expressing both our gratitude to Him and our intimacy with Him.  Our good works are the fruit, rather than the root, of our faith.

No man can live up to God's standards.  And though the Laws of Moses may restrain evil, no law is capable of preventing the pride and selfishness in our hearts.  As depraved descendents of Adam and Eve, we are all deserving of eternal incarceration.  No formula or system can regenerate our desires to become as selfless as Jesus.  Only the power of The Holy Spirit can prick our conscience to live in intimacy with our Heavenly Father.  This power is His for the giving (John 6), and as His adopted children, we rejoice in knowing that He keeps what He saves (Romans 8; Ephesians 1).

Is He calling you?  "Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and him with me" (Revelation 3:20).  "Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart" (Hebrews 4:7).

Why Baptist?

In the 1630's, English preachers, Roger Wiliams and Dr. John Clarke, sparked reform amongst Puritan Christians in New England.  "Baptist churches" were established to uphold the accuracy of The Gospel Message, maintain the integrity of The Reformation Movement, purport civil tolerance amongst Christian denominations, encourage fair dealings with Native Americans, and pioneer a separation of church and state.  Indeed, before there was Thomas Jefferson or James Madison, Roger Williams was calling for a separation between church and government, in order to keep the Church both free in its worship and undistracted in its service. 

Today, there are numerous branches of Baptists, but most adhere to the same values that Roger Williams once voiced.  Currently, our church maintains its membership with the largest Protestant body in The United States, The Southern Baptist Convention.  The very name of this network reflects the unique, annual convention, in which representatives come together to pool the resources of over 16,000,000 Christians in over 42,000 churches across 153 countries.

Though The Southern Baptist Convention has had its dark beginnings, today we rejoice in what God is doing through us.  You may be aware that, leading up to The Civil War, Baptists in Georgia seceded into a new convention, The Southern Baptist Convention, in 1845.  As a result of socio-political tensions, the Convention accepted the membership of slave owners.  However, in 1995, in order to assure the world that Southern Baptists no longer hold to racial precedent, the Convention officially denounced, repented, and apologized for any and all attitudes condoning slavery and racial prejudice.  As a result, we rejoice in the multi-cultural growth of our Convention.

As Baptists, we view The Holy Bible as truly unique
: Sixty-six books written in three languages, by dozens of unique authors, from various countries, over many centuries, accurately predicting the rise and fall of both ancient empires, as well as Jesus, Himself. Whereas archaeology has yet to disprove its reliability, we trust The Bible to be the writings of Jesus’ disciples and the Jewish prophets who foretold Him. As a result, we believe with confidence that The Bible is inspired by The Holy Spirit. We uphold The Bible to be our final authority; and, therefore, we share the following values, among others:


  • Priesthood of All Believers-  Laypersons have the same rights as ordained ministers to communicate with God, interpret Scripture, and minister in Christ's name (1 Peter 2; 1 Timothy 2).
  • Soul Competency- We believe in the accountability of each person before God (Jeremiah 31:29-34).
  • Creeds and Confessions- We look to The Bible as our final authority (2 Timothy 3:16).
  • Rites & Observances- Out of obedience to Jesus, we practice The Lord's Supper, also known as Communion (Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22).  This is administered in the months wherein there is a fifth Sunday.  We also celebrate a new Believer's spiritual rebirth through baptism by water immersion (Matthew 3, 28:19; Acts 2, 8:38; Romans 6:3-15; Colossians 2:12).
  • Women in Ministry- Women participate equally with men in the priesthood of all believers. Their role is crucial: God has historically anointed women to change history, e.g. Deborah, Esther, and Mary.  Jesus included women in His ministry (Mark 14; Luke 10; John 11-12); Women were the first to proclaim the Resurrection (Matthew 28 / John 20); women were crucial in the growth of the early Church (Romans 16:1); and, The Apostle Paul was radical in allowing women to study scripture (1st Timothy 2:11).  Their wisdom, grace and commitment are exemplary (Proverbs 31).  Women are an integral part of Southern Baptist boards, faculties, mission teams, writer pools, and professional staffs.  Whereas, gender roles are viewed as equal, yet uniquely qualified, the role of pastor is specifically reserved for men of scriptural training (1st Timothy 2).  We believe this qualification respects a Biblical view of God's calling on men to become spiritual leaders in their homes, through the committed practice of sacrificial service unto their wives (Ephesians 5).
  • Church and State-  Jesus calls on us to pledge our allegiance to a heavenly kingdom (John 18:36; 2nd Corinthians 5:20).  Though we are quick to pray for, and honor, both our military and elected leaders (Romans 13; 1st Peter 2:13-17; 1st Timothy 2), we value a free church in a free state, where neither one controls the affairs of the other.  As a result, we remain free in our worship and undistracted in our community service.
  • Missions-  In order to honor the call of Jesus to "make disciples of all nations," we honor the indigenous principle in missions (Matthew 28): We support international service teams which respect both the national leadership of the countries in which they serve, as well as unique, cultural expressions of the Christian faith.  Nevertheless, we cannot compromise The Bible, in order to win the favor of either those whom we try to reach or those with whom we choose to work.  Our missionaries focus on teaching the Good News of Jesus in order to build strong, local churches.  Through local churches, we believe that we can best meet both the spiritual and physical needs of people.
  • Autonomy of Local Church- We affirm the autonomy of the local church in determining its calling to serve the local community, as well as to govern itself in matteres of management, budgeting, and membership (1 Peter 5:1-3; Acts 14:23; 1st Corinthians 16:1-4).
  • Cooperation- Our emphasis on cooperation is embodied both locally and internationally.  In Bethalto, our church staff coordinates collective meetings between local churches of various denominations.  This is known as The Bethalto Area Ministerial Alliance ("B.A.M.A.").  As members of the Southern Baptist Convention, we pool our resources with thousands of churches around the globe, through a unique umbrella of service known as, The Cooperative Program.  (See "Get Involved" page & 2nd Corinthians 8)
  • Sexuality-  We affirm God's perfect plan for marriage and sexual intimacy, which is one man and one woman, committed for life, and free from pornography (Matthew 5, 19; Romans 1; 1st Corinthians 6; 1st Timothy 1; Leviticus 18).  Nevertheless, because all sins are equal before a Holy God, and because the blood of Jesus can atone for any sin, we intend to show patience to everyone, regardless of their sexual struggle.
  • Sanctity of Life-  At the moment of conception, a new being enters the universe, a unique and eteral soul, created in God's image (Genesis 1; Jeremiah 1; Psalm 139).  As a result, several of our church members voluntarily serve at Arms of Love Ministries in Godfrey, IL, where women with unwanted pregnancies can choose to have their babies and still find emotional, physical, and spiritual support  (


For a more in-depth look at our confession of faith please download The Baptist Faith and Message.

First Baptist Church Bethalto | 201 S. Moreland Rd. | Bethalto, IL | 62010 | 618-377-6472
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