About Us

Who We Are

At First Baptist Woodstock it is our vision to die to ourselves and live for Christ from Woodstock to the world. We desire to make disciples by prioritizing the three following values:

Worship

Gather Together

Experience God’s love through Christ-centered worship. We desire to use our creative gifts and abilities as acts of worship to lift up the name of Jesus above our own.

Friendship

Join a group

Build authentic community with others. We are committed to talking about things that matter and growing alongside each other in God’s Word. We are better together!

Join a Group

Mission

Serve + Share

Live on mission from Woodstock to the world! Take opportunities to help out in your community and seek ways to share Christ with the world.

Serve + Share

Statement of Faith

The Scriptures

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:12; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:710; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:132; Matthew 5:1718; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:4446; John 5:39; 16:1315; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:2526; 2 Timothy 3:1517

God

There is one and only one living and true God. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:23; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:13; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:911; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:613

God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission.

Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 53:112; Matthew 1:1823; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:16,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:118,29; 10:30,38; 11:2527; 12:4450; 14:711

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ.

Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:13; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:2832; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,1819; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:1617,26; 15:26; 16:714

Man

Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherits a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Genesis 1:2630; 2:5,7,1822; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:36; 32:15; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:2631; Romans 1:1932; 3:1018,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:1425; 8:1418,29; 1 Corinthians 1:2131; 15:19,2122; Ephesians 2:122; Colossians 1:2122; 3:911.

Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:1417; 6:28; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:2126; 27:2228:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:2832; John 1:1114,29; 3:321,36; 5:24; 10:9,2829; 15:116; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:3031; 17:3031; 20:32; Romans 1:1618; 2:4; 3:2325; 4:3ff.

God's Purpose of Grace

Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. 

Genesis 12:13; Exodus 19:58; 1 Samuel 8:47,1922; Isaiah 5:17; Jeremiah 31:31ff.; Matthew 16:1819; 21:2845; 24:22,31; 25:34; Luke 1:6879; 2:2932; 19:4144; 24:4448; John 1:1214; 3:16; 5:24; 6:4445,65; 10:2729; 15:16; 17:6,12,1718; Acts 20:32; Romans 5:910

The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.

Matthew 16:1519; 18:1520; Acts 2:4142,47; 5:1114; 6:36; 13:13; 14:23,27; 15:130; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:45; 7:17; 9:1314; 12; Ephesians 1:2223; 2:1922;3:811,21; 5:2232; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18

Baptism & The Lord's Supper

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s supper.  

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

Matthew 3:1317; 26:2630; 28:1920; Mark 1:911; 14:2226; Luke 3:2122; 22:1920; John 3:23; Acts 2:4142; 8:3539; 16:3033; 20:7; Romans 6:35; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.

The Lord's Day

The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. 

Exodus 20:811; Matthew 12:112; 28:1ff.; Mark 2:2728; 16:17; Luke 24:13,3336; John 4:2124; 20:1,1928; Acts 20:7; Romans 14:510; I Corinthians 16:12; Colossians 2:16; 3:16; Revelation 1:10.

The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. Christians ought to pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come, and God’s will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age.

Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 9:67; Jeremiah 23:56; Matthew 3:2; 4:810,23; 12:2528; 13:152; 25:3146; 26:29; Mark 1:1415; 9:1; Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 12:3132; 17:2021; 23:42; John 3:3; 18:36; Acts 1:67; 17:2231; Romans 5:17; 8:19; 1Corinthians 15:2428.

Last Things

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, the dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:89; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:3146; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:4348; Luke 12:40,48; 16:1926; 17:2237; 21:2728; John 14:13; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:2428,3558; 2 Corinthians 5:10.

Evangelism & Missions

The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus to endeavor to make disciples of all nations, and to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle in addition to other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

Genesis 12:13; Exodus 19:56; Isaiah 6:18; Matthew 9:3738; 10:515; 13:1830, 3743; 16:19; 22:910; 24:14; 28:1820; Luke 10:118; 24:4653; John 14:1112; 15:78,16; 17:15; 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2; 8:2640; 10:4248; 13:23; Romans 10:1315; Ephesians 3:111.

The Christian & The Social Order

All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose the practice of racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth. 

Exodus 20:317; Leviticus 6:25; Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17; Psalm 101:5; Micah 6:8; Zechariah 8:16; Matthew 5:1316,4348; 22:3640; 25:35; Mark 1:2934; 2:3ff.; 10:21; Luke 4:1821; 10:2737; 20:25; John 15:12; 17:15; Romans 1214; 1 Corinthians 5:910; 6:17.

The Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

Genesis 1:2628; 2:1525; 3:120; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:49; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:2628; Psalms 51:5; 78:18; 127; 128; 139:1316; Proverbs 1:8; 5:1520; 6:2022; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:1314; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:1031.

Statement of Faith

The Scriptures

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:12; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:710; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:132; Matthew 5:1718; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:4446;John 5:39; 16:1315; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:2526; 2 Timothy 3:1517

God

There is one and only one living and true God. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:23; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:13; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.;7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:911; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:613

God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission.

Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 53:112; Matthew 1:1823; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:16,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46;John1:118,29; 10:30,38; 11:2527; 12:4450; 14:711

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ.

Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:13; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:2832; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,1819; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John4:24; 14:1617,26; 15:26; 16:714

Man

Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherits a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Genesis 1:2630; 2:5,7,1822; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:36; 32:15; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:2631; Romans 1:1932; 3:1018,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:1425; 8:1418,29; 1 Corinthians 1:2131; 15:19,2122; Ephesians 2:122; Colossians 1:2122; 3:911.

Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:1417; 6:28; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:2126; 27:2228:6; Luke 1:6869; 2:2832; John 1:1114,29; 3:321,36; 5:24; 10:9,2829; 15:116; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11;16:3031; 17:3031; 20:32; Romans 1:1618; 2:4; 3:2325; 4:3ff.

God's Purpose of Grace

Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. 

Genesis 12:13; Exodus 19:58; 1 Samuel 8:47,1922; Isaiah 5:17; Jeremiah 31:31ff.; Matthew 16:1819; 21:2845; 24:22,31; 25:34; Luke 1:6879; 2:2932; 19:4144; 24:4448; John 1:1214; 3:16; 5:24; 6:4445,65; 10:2729; 15:16; 17:6,12,1718; Acts 20:32; Romans 5:910

The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.

Matthew 16:1519; 18:1520; Acts 2:4142,47; 5:1114; 6:36; 13:13; 14:23,27; 15:130; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:45; 7:17; 9:1314; 12; Ephesians 1:2223; 2:1922;3:811,21; 5:2232; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18

Baptism & The Lord's Supper

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s supper.  

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

Matthew 3:1317; 26:2630; 28:1920; Mark 1:911; 14:2226; Luke 3:2122; 22:1920; John 3:23; Acts 2:4142; 8:3539; 16:3033; 20:7; Romans 6:35; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:2329;Colossians 2:12.

The Lord's Day

The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. 

Exodus 20:811; Matthew 12:112; 28:1ff.; Mark 2:2728; 16:17; Luke 24:13,3336; John 4:2124; 20:1,1928; Acts 20:7; Romans 14:510; I Corinthians 16:12; Colossians 2:16; 3:16;Revelation 1:10.

The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. Christians ought to pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come, and God’s will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age.

Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 9:67; Jeremiah 23:56; Matthew 3:2; 4:810,23; 12:2528; 13:152; 25:3146; 26:29; Mark 1:1415; 9:1; Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 12:3132; 17:2021; 23:42; John 3:3; 18:36;Acts 1:67; 17:2231; Romans 5:17; 8:19; 1Corinthians 15:2428.

Last Things

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, the dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:89; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:3146; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:4348; Luke 12:40,48; 16:1926; 17:2237; 21:2728; John 14:13; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:2428,3558; 2 Corinthians 5:10.

Evangelism & Missions

The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus to endeavor to make disciples of all nations, and to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle in addition to other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

Genesis 12:13; Exodus 19:56; Isaiah 6:18; Matthew 9:3738; 10:515; 13:1830, 3743; 16:19; 22:910; 24:14; 28:1820; Luke 10:118; 24:4653; John 14:1112; 15:78,16; 17:15; 20:21; Acts1:8; 2; 8:2640; 10:4248; 13:23; Romans 10:1315; Ephesians 3:111.

The Christian & The Social Order

All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose the practice of racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth. 

Exodus 20:317; Leviticus 6:25; Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17; Psalm 101:5; Micah 6:8; Zechariah 8:16; Matthew 5:1316,4348; 22:3640; 25:35; Mark 1:2934; 2:3ff.; 10:21; Luke 4:1821;10:2737; 20:25; John 15:12; 17:15; Romans 1214; 1Corinthians 5:910; 6:17.

The Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

Genesis 1:2628; 2:1525; 3:120; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:49; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:2628; Psalms 51:5; 78:18; 127; 128; 139:1316; Proverbs 1:8; 5:1520; 6:2022; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:1314; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:1031.

For a more comprehensive and in-depth look into our beliefs, please visit the Southern Baptist Convention website.

Staff

Pastor Jeremy Morton

Jeremy and his wife, Carrie are lifelong Georgia residents who were church planters in the central part of the state for many years. Since the fall of 2018, Jeremy has been serving as the lead pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock. Previously, he was the senior pastor of Cartersville First Baptist Church for five years. Jeremy also served as senior pastor at Cross Point Baptist Church in Perry, Georgia since its inception in 2002.

He has been preaching since the age of 16. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christianity from Brewton Parker College in 2004, a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007, and upon completing his dissertation will receive his Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jeremy’s hobbies include sports, reading, enjoying nature, and spending time with family. Pastor Jeremy’s life purpose statement: “I aim to glorify God by being a faithful husband, supportive father, loyal friend, and loving leader.” Jeremy and Carrie are the proud parents of Zeke, Madie, and Abe. The Mortons believe God’s call upon their family is to immerse themselves in the local church. They have a clear passion for people and their community. Their earnest prayer is for God’s glory to be displayed in their personal and public life as a family.

Executive Staff

Jeremy Morton

Lead Pastor

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Derrick Jackson

Executive Pastor

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Senior Staff

Brian Jennings

Discipleship Pastor

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Cliff Duren

Worship Pastor

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Craig Ormsby

Mission Pastor

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Christian Norman

Associate Pastor

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Lead Directors

Anthony Knight

Next Gen Pastor

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Doug Whitney

Community Pastor

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Jake Holman

Lead Director of Music

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Monec Johnson

Connections

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Morgan Crohn

Communications

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Todd

Global Missions Pastor

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Josh Belokonny

Production

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Directors

James Eubanks

Director of Counseling

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Virginia Stephens

Director of CARE

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Robby Lewis

High School Pastor

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Denise Kissee

Director of Woodstock Kids Ministry

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Ron O’Kelley

Director International Ministries

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Wes LeCroy

Director of Platform Development

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Daniel Johnston

Generational Worship Pastor

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Paul Hahn

Mature Adult Pastor

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Sherry Bearden

Director of Finance

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Robert King

Director of IT Support

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Jeff Smith

Director of Video Services

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Trey Tanner

Instrumental Associate Worship Pastor

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