First Baptist Church Tinley Park
Saturday, July 04, 2020

About Us

Mission Statement
Our purpose is to seek to lead all people into an authentic personal relationship with Jesus Christ and equip them through worship, nurture and fellowship for a life of ministry that brings about healing to the brokenness of the world.
We Believe

In God, perfect in deity, knowledge, wisdom, and power. God has chosen to express Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This triune expression in no way diminishes His Oneness. As Creator of all that is, He reigns as sovereign over the affairs of the universe and, therefore, over the affairs of all mankind. He is eternal, without beginning and without end.
In the Holy Word of God. The scriptures are God’s written revelation of Himself to Mankind. While Christ Jesus is the Word of God made flesh, the Bible is the words of God that reveal all that we know of God. All that we believe is to be grounded in and tested by the truth revealed in its pages. Scripture is truth without any mixture of error; its focus is upon revealing God’s redemptive plan to Mankind; and it is not to be worshipped, but instead, is to be the revealer of the One worthy of our worship.
Mankind is without hope because of our sinful nature and actions. While created in innocence and by the direct action of God, Adam, the first man, disobeyed God and caused his posterity to inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, all persons as soon as they are capable of moral action become sinners and are under condemnation. The righteous and legal penalty for our sin is eternal death. Scripture identifies that fate as Hell, which is real and inescapable without God’s intervention.
In salvation through Jesus Christ as the only eternal hope for mankind. Salvation is totally the work of God. In His grace, He reaches out to mankind in order to reconcile us to Himself. That grace is evidenced in the coming of God into our world through the birth of Jesus. Jesus, born of a virgin through the agency of the Holy Spirit, is the perfect expression of God to Mankind. He is God and man without contradiction. As the only perfect, sinless human, Jesus laid down His life on the cross. This paid the price for our sin, making reconciliation with God possible. The only way anyone is reconciled to God is by faith in the substitutionary death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, the perfect Son of God. This faith is evidenced by a repentance of sin and an acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord that endures to the end of time. Since salvation is totally an act of God, He will preserve all true believers until the day of His coming.
In the Church as the Bride and Body of Christ. As the Bride of Christ, we are to worship and adore Him without reservation and without distraction. As the Body of Christ, we are to extend His presence into our world through personal example, verbal testimony, and missionary endeavor. With Scripture as our guide, we organize ourselves under the Lordship of Christ to accomplish the ministry of reconciling people to God. While there is but one complete, universal Body of Christ, God has chosen to express Himself through local congregations to accomplish the work of being a lighthouse to the lost, salt to the culture, and an encouragement to the believers.
Jesus gave us the ordinances of Christian Baptism and the Lord’s Supper and our participation in them is an act of obedience to Jesus.
  Baptism is a symbolic act by which the believer professes his/her faith in Jesus Christ, the crucified, buried, and risen Savior. The immersion of the believer in water symbolizes the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in a new life in Christ Jesus.
  The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience by which believers remember the suffering and death of Jesus and anticipate His imminent return. While only symbolic, the bread and fruit of the vine make tangible the real sacrifice--the body and blood of Christ, the Lamb of God - that is necessary to cleanse us from our sin.
In the imminent return of our Lord, Jesus Christ. God has promised that in His own time and in His own way Jesus Christ will return. Upon His coming, there will be a bodily resurrection of the dead and a universal recognition of His Lordship over all Mankind. God will judge all men on the basis of their deeds. Those found righteous in Christ will be rewarded by Christ on the basis of their works. Those found unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. In glorified bodies, the righteous will dwell forever with Christ.
In the imperative of evangelism and missionary endeavor. The Lordship of Christ requires the acceptance of the ministry of reconciliation by every believer. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations and people groups. Evangelism is the action of every child of God to seek consistently to be used by the Holy Spirit in leading the lost to Christ by a verbal witness, consistent evidence of a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the scriptures. The work of missions is the combined, coordinated work of believers to accomplish the Great Commission across every racial, language, and socio-economic barrier until each and every person has had the opportunity to accept Christ as Savior and Lord.
In the stewardship of all of life. Life is a gift of God; therefore, everything we have and everything we are belongs to God. As stewards of this grace gift of life, believers are under obligation to serve Him by using all they have and all they do to the glory of God. According to the Scriptures, believers must contribute of their time, talents, and possessions cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionally, and liberally through the church, God’s storehouse.
In the Biblical significance of the family. God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of two or more persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
   The marriage covenant is foundational to the family. Marriage is defined in scripture as the uniting of one man and one woman in a covenant relationship for a lifetime. In the context of this covenant, the husband and wife are free to become one flesh and know each other in complete intimacy. Scripture admonishes each partner to submit to the leadership of Christ as head of their union. They are equal in Christ. In that context, the husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the Church and gave Himself for her. The wife is to submit to her husband’s servant leadership as the church is to submit to Christ. Together they manage the household and lead any children God grants them as a stewardship. If God grants the family children, the parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values. They are to lead them by consistent example and loving discipline to make choices based on Biblical truth. Children have the responsibility to honor and obey their parents.