What We Believe

Mission Statement:

“In order to glorify God, the mission of First Baptist Church of Bay St. Louis, MS, is to develop disciples by involving its fellowship in worship and ministry that result in evangelism, Christian training, and service.”


Statement of Beliefs:

We accept the Holy Bible to be the inspired Word of God, the sole and sufficient role of faith and practice in all matters of doctrine and policy, and believe that the mandates of the Scriptures are authoritative and binding. This Church is thankful to the Southern Baptist Convention for its leadership in the writing of the Baptist Faith and Messages (1925, 1963, and 2000). We voluntarily band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind and to minister to all. The ordinances of the Church are Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.


To be empowered by the Holy Spirit to teach, baptize, and disciple as many people as possible (Matthew 28:18-20).

To realize our spiritual gifts and use our gifts in the sharing of Christ (1 Corinthians 12).

To be a Church whose purpose is to be Christlike in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment to the lordship of Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:1-13).

To help members grow in the knowledge of God and man through Church programs of Bible teaching, training and education (Acts 2:42-47).

To encourage members to support the ministry of this Church, Gulf Coast Baptist Association, Mississippi Baptist Convention, and Southern Baptist Convention through personal stewardship (Luke 6:38).