Who We Are & What We Believe
Elkins is a beautiful town nestled in the mountains of wild and wonderful West Virginia. First Baptist Church is a congregation which has been blessed to be a part of this community for well over 100 years. We are a congregation that is excited about being a Christian influence in the community.
First Baptist Church has experiences and opportunities for every age level starting with our "Shining Light" preschool and advancing to opportunities of community for every member of your family. We know that our world is changing but God has incredible things for those who are open to believing in and receiving what God has in store.
What to Expect?
When you visit First Baptist, you will be greeted with a warm handshake and a friendly smile. From the time you drive onto the parking lot, you will find that our members want nothing more than for your experience to be a joyful one. We have convenient parking, located in the heart of downtown Elkins. When you enter the building, visit our Welcome Center and have a cup of coffee, tea, or water and get connected with what's going on at First Baptist. We pray that you will find First Baptist to be a church to call home.
Upon entering the worship center, you will experience powerful corporate worship led by our Worship Team; including, band, praise team, and choir. At FBC, we believe in using a variety of styles of music to praise our God in excellence. We do this by singing new modern songs of praise, as well as great hymns of the faith.
We then continue in worship by the listening and proclaiming of the Word brought to us by our Pastor Scott Hamby. Each week, Pastor Scott presents messages that encourage and inspire us to apply God's Word to our lives.
What We Believe
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, I Peter 1:2, II Corinthians 13:14)
Man is made in the image of God. He is the supreme object of God's creation. Although God designed man to have fellowship with him, man became alienated from God through disobedience. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. Man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own efforts. (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, Romans 3:23, Colossians 1:21, Isaiah 59:1-2)
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. When you die, you will either spend eternity in Heaven or Hell. Eternal separation from God happens in Hell. Eternal union with God occurs in Heaven. (John 3:16, I John 2:25; 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5; 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, I Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13)
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6; 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1)
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. (John 10:29, II Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14, I Peter 1:3-5)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. (II Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13; 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:18)
The Bible is the God-head’s Special Revelation of himself to his human creation and is only secondary in Special Revelation to Jesus’ physical manifestation on earth through whom the God-head directly spoke of himself. It contains all necessary knowledge of Truth for Christian beliefs and living. It makes known God’s perfect plan of redemption for reconciling all of creation unto himself. The Bible was written by human authors under verbal plenary inspiration and superintended by God, which means it is completely trustworthy because every part of the Bible is God-breathed, the wording divinely purposed and the entirety of the text is as God wanted it yet accomplished in such a way that each human author’s personality, culture and experience was allowed to influence the delivery of the text while maintaining the themes and theology from beginning to end despite thousands of years of composition. Therefore, the Bible is authoritative, inerrant and infallible, meaning it is the supreme written text on earth which should be believed and obeyed, is without and cannot error in the original writings and affirms no falsehood of any sort. The biblical canon consists of 66 “books” or individual writings; 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. God has subsequently and with the same absolute divine powers preserved the Bible since the canon was closed.
Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21