First Baptist Church, like all Baptist churches, is independent, making its own decisions about staffing, worship, ministry, outreach, and the programs it offers and supports. We choose to be affiliated with The American Baptist Churches USA, The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB), The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America and the American Baptist Churches of The Rochester Genesee Region of New York.Following American Baptist polity, our church is run by church members who are nominated and affirmed by the membership as a whole. The church strives to support the spiritual life of individuals and families in its worship services and other aspects of church life.
The First Baptist Church
As believers in God, the Creator, in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer; and in The Holy Spirit, the Sustainer, we, members and friends of the First Baptist Church of Ithaca, enter in to covenant with one another:
are central to Baptists:
1. Bible Freedom: The Bible is central in the life of the individual and church; Christians are both free and obligated to study and follow the scriptures.
2. Soul Freedom: The inalienable right and responsibility of every person to deal with God without the imposition of creed, the obstructions of clergy, or the intervention of civil government.
3. Church Freedom: Local churches are free to determine their membership and leadership, to order their worship and work, to ordain whom they perceive as gifted for ministry, male or female, and to participate in the larger Body of Christ.
4. Religious Freedom: The historic Baptist affirmation of freedom OF religion, freedom FOR religion and freedom FROM religion, insisting that Caesar is not Christ and Christ is not Caesar.
What does the Lord require of you?
To do Justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.
Peace to all who enter here.