Located right in the heart of Hazlehurst, First Baptist is a church committed to loving God and loving our neighbors. We are a church made up of fellow travelers on the journey of faith, imperfect people following a perfect Savior. We hope that FBC is a place where you can find encouragement among friends. Our desire is that this fellowship be a place where we can anchor on Christ and dig into His word together.
Three passages speak specifically to what First Baptist Church is called to do:
Matthew 28:19-20, the Great Commission, commands us to be disciple makers. This includes actively seeking the lost and discipling the believer. Therefore, we are serious about spreading the gospel and providing ways for new believers to grow in maturity so they too can be disciple makers.
Acts 1:8 gives us our mission field... everywhere. Disciple-making starts for us here in Hazlehurst, but we must take that witness all over the world. Therefore, we will seek to shine brightly for Jesus in our community: in homes, schools, work places, and every other place we find ourselves. We also commit to taking the good news throughout Mississippi, the U.S., and our world. We will support and pray for others as they join us in that mission.
Mark 12:28-30, the Great Commandment, speaks to our heart. The most important thing we can do is to love God with all we have and love our neighbor as ourself. We love because He first loved us. We love as He loves us. Our love for Him is expressed through obedience to His word. Our love for those around us is expressed in both word and deed. We cannot truly love our neighbor without sharing the good news with them. Yet if we do not show compassion and care for our neighbor, our gospel witness rings hollow. Therefore, we commit to loving our community in real and practical ways that provide opportunities to share the good news through an authentic witness. After all, Jesus says that people will know we belong to Him by the way we love one another.
"By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.”