First Baptist, Bristol is literally on the state line between Tennessee and Virginia, with our sanctuary being in Virginia by about thirty feet! Founded in 1859, our congregation has grown with the city, and we serve, not just Bristol, but the entire northeast area of the Tri-Cities region. The Tri-Cities metropolitan area includes Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City, Tennessee, with a regional population of nearly half a million people.
As a downtown congregation, were excited to be a part of the revitalization of State Street, not only in terms of physical renovations, but more importantly, in terms of spiritual renewal. We're growing into a new chapter of our congregation's life. We offer a traditional worship service on Sunday mornings, and we continue to offer Bible study groups on Sunday mornings as well as at other times of the week.
Are you searching for a life that matters, and for relationships that last? We invite you to discover what your heart is searching for . . . with us!
To Worship God.
To Equip Believers to Witness and Serve.
To Share the Good News of Jesus with our Community & Beyond.
We believe that humankind, both male and female, is created in the image of God.
We believe that humankind freely chose to disobey God and, as a consequence of this act, came under the power of sin and that sin brought alienation from God and spiritual death.
We believe God loves every person and that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, in order that all may be restored to fellowship with Him and have eternal life.
We believe that through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection from the grave, the power of sin is broken and the Believer enters into fellowship with God.
We believe that the Scriptures are the inspired Word of God and are our sole authority in matters faith and practice.
We believe in the priesthood of every Believer and that every person is competent to interpret the scriptures for himself or herself under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ and is composed of all Believers who have been baptized into Christ.
Our Church Covenant
United in the faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, revealed in history, disclosed in the Scriptures, and experienced in human life, we do solemnly and joyfully make this Covenant together:
That we will be faithful in the assembling of ourselves together for worship, be diligent in praying, both for ourselves and others, and be constant in our reading and studying of the Bible; (Prayer, Bible Study, Worship, Fellowship)
That we will be faithful stewards, as God has prospered us, contributing our financial support for the church and its ministries, and offering ourselves for God’s work in the world; (Stewardship)
That we will be a servant church, recognizing the infinite worth of every person and believing that Christ has called us to active involvement on behalf of human brotherhood; (Service)
That we will participate in each others’ joy, and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each others’ burdens and sorrows; (Fellowship)
That we will exercise a Christian care and watchfulness over each other, and that our differences will not separate us but rather increase our understanding and strengthen the bonds of Christian love; (Fellowship)
That we earnestly endeavor to take seriously the responsibility and privilege of personal Christian growth in our homes, and that we will, with God’s help, so live our lives that we might lead our kindred and acquaintances to know Jesus Christ our Lord; (Evangelism)
That we will, should we move from this church, unite with another church as soon as possible, where we can carry out the spirit of this Covenant; (Membership-Fellowship)
And that through life, in the midst of evil as well as good, we will seek to live to the glory of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. (Christian Living)