The mission of First Baptist Church is to minister to our congregation, the community, and the world so all may experience the love and grace of God.

Recent Sermons

July 10, 2016: “Our Fragile Freedom”

Galatians 5:1 We continue thinking about freedom after we celebrated July 4th, but with focus on Christ as the all-encompassing center of our freedom – a freedom that has been preciously bought, a freedom that must be fully known and accepted, and a freedom to correctly submit ourselves in obedient service.

July 3, 2016: “Who’s Your Daddy?”

We welcomed Rev. Patricia Stetson-Warning, Pastor for Education, Fellowship and Care at United Presbyterian Church Peoria, as our guest preacher for the day.  Rev. Stetson-Warning was ordained in 2013.  She received her Master of Divinity from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.  She is also a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor.

June 26, 2016: “It Is Really Urgent”

Luke 9:51-62 In some things in life, we need to be patient and take our time – especially in some important decisions (such as some of the decisions facing our church now.) However, in some important personal things in life, there is an urgency to do it now.  Jesus says what appears to be harsh […]

June 19, 2016: “Listening to God”

Rev. Paul Gibson is the Executive Minister of the Great Rivers Region of American Baptist churches.  Rev. Gibson received his graduate degree, Master of Divinity, from the American Baptist Seminary of the West.  He has served as pastor of churches in Arizona, Nevada, Missouri and North Dakota.