We exist to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ in our community and around the world.


In November of 1903, under the leadership of pastor Charles Martin, 18 charter members organized the Missionary Baptist Church of Paintsville. The Missionary Baptists along with two other separate congregations shared a facility on the corner of Church Street and Second Street in Paintsville. As all three congregations began to grow, further expansion of facilities was needed. The Missionary Baptists sold their interest in the property to another congregation in May 1906 and began meeting in the Paintsville School building. This congregation would soon become known as the First Baptist Church of Paintsville.

Construction of a new facility on the corner of Fourth Street and College Street began soon after, and the dedication of the church's new facility was held on Sunday, February 2nd, 1908. The church's current facility (330 College Street) was purchased in December of 1956 and the congregation began gathering for worship here in 1967.

It is our church's prayer that the God-centered, Christ-exalting, gospel-saturated, Bible-teaching foundation and direction that has been established in our congregation will be embraced and expanded by coming generations for the advancement of God's kingdom in Paintsville. To God be the glory, great things He has done!

About God

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. 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. 

A. 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. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.

Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11;23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17;1 John 5:7.

B. 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. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. 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 ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.

Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33;16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38;11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11;Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3;4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

C. God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. 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. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6;Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16;4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.

About the Bible

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 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39;16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

About Humanity

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. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. 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 full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.

About 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.

A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.

Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.

B. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.

C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.

D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29;15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13;Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.

About Eternal Life

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.

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; 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 in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-8; 1 Samuel 8:4-7,19-22; Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 31:31ff.; Matthew 16:18-19; 21:28-45; 24:22,31; 25:34; Luke 1:68-79;2:29-32; 19:41-44; 24:44-48; John 1:12-14; 3:16; 5:24; 6:44-45,65; 10:27-29; 15:16; 17:6,12,17-18; Acts 20:32; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-39; 10:12-15; 11:5-7,26-36; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 15:24-28; Ephesians 1:4-23; 2:1-10; 3:1-11; Colossians 1:12-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2:10,19; Hebrews 11:39–12:2; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:2-5,13; 2:4-10; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:19; 3:2; Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28;John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.

About 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 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14;12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4;Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.

About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 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. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. 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 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.


Sunday School - 9:45am

Sunday Morning Worship - 11:00am

Sunday Evening Worship - 6:30pm

Team Kids (K-3rd) - 6:30pm

Junior Youth (4th-6th) - 6:30pm

Youth (7th-12th) - 6:30pm


Prayer Meeting and Bible Study - 6:30pm

Youth and Children - 6:30pm


Brotherhood Breakfast, 1st Saturday of Each Month (8am)

Cottage Prayer Meeting, 1st Monday of Each Month (6pm)

Books and Biscuits @ Bob Evan's, 2nd Tuesday of Each Month (7 am)

Senior Adult Bible Study, 3rd Tuesday of Each Month (10:30am)

 First Ladies, 2nd Tuesday of Each Month (6:30 pm)

 Masters Men, 3rd Tuesday of Each Month (6:30 pm)

Seth Carter - Pastor

Seth is originally from Prestonsburg, KY and has been happily married to his wife Emily since 2014. Since then, the Lord has blessed them with three sons, Brody, Bentley, and Bailey. Seth is a graduate of Boyce College and has been at First Baptist Church since 2017. He has a love for God’s Word and is passionate about helping individuals grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. He enjoys spending time with his family, lifting weights, kayaking, playing ping pong and drinking good coffee.


Our congregation is a mix of people of all ages and backgrounds. And the range of those who attend goes from a single person to multi-generation families. Dress trends toward casual/business-casual, though you will see everything from jeans to suits. We are a friendly church and the chances are that someone will greet you when you visit; still, we encourage you to introduce yourself.

Sunday Schedule 

On Sunday morning at 9:45 AM we come together for an hour for Bible study and fellowship in our Sunday School classes. We have a full offering of Sunday School classes for all ages. Following Sunday School, we begin our Sunday worship service at 11:00 AM. On Sunday evenings, we return at 6:30pm for another worship service. Our youth and children also gather during this time for a time of instruction from God's Word.


The music we sing in the worship service is a blend of old and new. With joy we sing truth about God using centuries-old hymns all the way up to doctrinally-rich modern choruses. We delight in congregational singing as we sing together with "one voice" unto the Lord.

Corporate (Gathered) Worship Service

 Our morning service formally begins at 11:00 AM. During this time, we sing several songs, pray, hear Scripture read, give our offerings and tithes, and receive a sermon.


The preaching at FBC is generally expositional – meaning that it seeks to explain and apply a particular passage of the Bible. Sermons usually last around thirty to forty-five minutes and strive to include exegesis (detailed explanation of the text), doctrinal teaching, exhortation, and application. Since all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable, we preach earnestly from the Old Testament and the New Testament. All preaching is filtered through the Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


At the end of the sermon, the pastor will offer a moment of invitation (to receive the gospel; to turn from one’s sin and turn to Christ as Lord and Savior) and we will sing a hymn to afford the opportunity for anyone to respond to the gospel. A typical service is finished by 12:15 PM. After the service people often linger for fellowship, discussing the sermon or the events of the past week.

Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a particular religion or affirming a certain value system or moral code. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in the Bible:

 **God is Sovereign Creator ** 

Modern thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him. The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16). Therefore, He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

God Is Holy 

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3); therefore, He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13). God requires holiness of us as well. 1 Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Mankind Is Sinful

According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own (Romans 3:10-12).

Sin Demands a Penalty


God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences.

Jesus is Lord and Savior 

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice and Christ’s perfect life satisfied the demands of God’s holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26).

The Character of Saving Faith 

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3,5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9) and pursue Christ (Matthew 11:28-30; John 17:3) and obedience to Him (1 John 2:3). It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

To the modern ear, the notion of church membership can sound odd, intimidating, or even abusive. So, why does church membership matter so much to us? Here are 10 reasons from a book entitled Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus by Jonathan Leeman:

1.) It’s Biblical 

Jesus established the local church and all the apostles did their ministry through it. The Christian life in the New Testament is church life. Christians today should expect and desire the same.

2.) The church is its members 

To be “a church” in the New Testament is to be one of its members (see the book of Acts). Membership means we don’t go to church; we are the church.

3.) It’s a pre-requisite for the Lord’s Supper 

The Lord’s Supper is a meal for the gathered church, that is, for members (see 1 Cor. 11:20, 33). Here at FBC, only members of this local body and members of good standing in other gospel preaching churches are admitted to the table.

4.) It’s how to officially represent Jesus 

– Membership is the church’s affirmation that you are a citizen of Christ’s kingdom and therefore represent Him in all you do.

5.) It’s how to declare one’s highest allegiance

 – Your membership in a local church is a public testimony that your highest allegiance belongs to Jesus. Trials and troubles may come, but church membership is your way of saying in the midst, “Through it all, I am with Jesus.”

6.) It’s how to serve other Christians 

Membership helps you to know which Christians on planet Earth you are specifically responsible to love, serve, warn, and encourage. It enables you to fulfill your biblical responsibilities to Christ’s body (see Eph. 4:11-16, 25-32).

7.) It’s how to follow Christian leaders

Membership helps you to know which Christian leaders on planet Earth you are called to obey and follow. Again, it allows you to fulfill your biblical responsibility to them (see Heb. 13:7, 17).

8.) It helps Christian leaders lead 

Membership lets Christian leaders know which Christians on planet Earth they will “give an account” for (see Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5:2).

 9.) It enables church discipline

 It gives you the biblically prescribed place to participate in the work of church discipline responsibly, wisely, and lovingly (1 Cor. 5).

10.) It gives structure to the Christian life

 It places an individual Christian’s claim to “obey” and “follow” Jesus into a real-life setting where authority is actually exercised over us (see John 14:15; 1 John 2:19, 4:20-21).

As shepherds and overseers of a local church, pastors are entrusted with protecting, leading, equipping, and caring for the body of believers. The following is an overview of the requirements for our pastor(s) as spelled out within the Scriptures:

By the power of the Holy Spirit, the pastor(s) agree:

  • That pastors and deacons will meet the biblical qualifications assigned to them in the Scriptures.
  • To prayerfully seek God’s will for our church family and steward her resources to the best of our ability.
  • To care for the church and seek her growth in grace, truth, and love.
  • To pray for you regularly.
  • To provide preaching, teaching, and counsel from the whole of Scripture.
  • To equip the members of the church for the work of ministry.
  • To be on guard against false teachers and false teaching.
  • To lovingly exercise discipline when necessary for the glory of God.
  • To set an example and join members in fulfilling the obligations of church membership.

As those who have experienced the new birth brought about by the grace of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have the privilege of reflecting the character of Christ. Our expectations of members do not add to the biblical obligations of a believer. Rather, this non-exhaustive list only explains what Scripture teaches about the obedience that faith produces:

By the power of the Holy Spirit, our members agree:

  • That I am a Christian who has repented of my sin and surrendered to Jesus Christ as Lord of my life, trusting in Him alone as my Savior from sin.
  • That I have been baptized by immersion after my conversion as a testimony of my faith in Christ.
  • To submit to the authority of the Scriptures.
  • To deepen my relationship with Jesus through Bible reading, prayer, and fellowship.
  • To regularly participate in the life of FBC in worship, discipleship, and serving.
  • To steward the resources God has given me, including time, talents, and treasures.
  • To submit to biblical discipline by church leadership if the need should ever arise (Matt. 18:15-17).
  • To walk in holiness as an act of worship to Jesus Christ.
  • To practice chastity unless married, and, if married, complete fidelity and faithfulness to my spouse within the parameters of heterosexual and monogamous marriage.
  • To refrain from illegal drug use, drunkenness, gossip, and other sinful behavior as the Bible dictates.

While God’s word is the cornerstone of our church, then you might say membership is the cement that holds us all together. Both Jesus and the apostle Paul point us toward church membership for our encouragement, accountability, protection, and growth. Church membership is the commitment a believer makes to a local body of believers, in response to the gospel of Jesus Christ, to be a disciple, to disciple others, to be accountable, to serve, to participate in fellowship and to live out God’s mission of proclaiming Christ to the world.

How do I become a member of First Baptist Church?

Joining FBC is a simple three-step process:

STEP 1 – Discover First

Discover First is a one-time class designed to help you learn more about our church family, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with information necessary to take the next steps in membership. The class is made up of four sections: who we are, what we believe, what we do, and what we ask. Classes are usually offered on the last Sunday of each month during evening worship (6:30pm). A sign-up sheet is located on the “Grow” board in the information hallway.

Step 2 – Meeting with our Pastor

Once you have completed the Discover First class, the next step in becoming a member is meeting with our pastor. This is a time for our pastor to get to know you and your family as well as a time for you to get to know him and his family. Some of the things that he will talk to you about in this meeting include: your salvation testimony (your story of becoming a Christian), your understanding of the gospel, your understanding of baptism, and your previous church involvement.

During the meeting with our pastor, he will discuss with you the four requirements in becoming a member of First Baptist:

  • You must be a born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • You must identify with Christ through believer’s baptism by immersion, either at a previous church or at FBC.
  • You must agree with FBC’s statement of faith, “The Baptist Faith and Message 2000”
  • You must agree to abide by FBC’s church covenant

STEP 3 – Congregational Affirmation

During our monthly business meeting (Second Wednesday of each month, 6:30pm), Bro. Seth will briefly describe to other members how the person(s) desiring to come into membership have come to know the Lord. Questions are asked, a vote is taken, and with a majority secured, candidates are officially admitted into membership.

The children and youth of our church have a variety of ways to encounter Jesus and learn more about the Bible throughout the year:

  •  Nursery – Nursery is available for children ages 0-2 during every service of our church.
  •  Team Kids – On Sunday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm during the school year, children in PreK-3rd grade are taught God’s word in a fun way. Our Team Kids make friendships, memorize Scripture, play games and eat together. Team Kids meets upstairs in the Team Kids classroom.
  • Junior Youth – On Sunday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm during the school year, children grades 4th-6th are taught dynamic Scriptural lessons, along with fun games and food. Jr. Youth meets in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Youth – Our students grades 7th – 12th are regularly engaged and encouraged to participate in Bible study, discipleship, trips and other mission projects. Students regularly gather upstairs in the Youth Room on Sunday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for Bible study and a meal. We strive for our youth ministry to strike a good balance between serious discipleship and events/activities that keep our youth engaged.
  • Vacation Bible School – Each Summer (typically in June) children/kids/youth (nursery-12th grade) attend five nights of VBS. Bible lessons, crafts, snacks, and recreation help make VBS a blast!

*Other children/youth events are scheduled throughout the year apart from those that take place on a regular basis. Please watch for announcements and details as they are posted.

One of the most exciting realities of being a Christian is the joy that comes from growing in your faith. Whether you are at the beginning of your walk with Christ or further down the road, you have room to grow. As a church, we want to help you grow, and we want you to help us grow, this is what it means to disciple one another.

As you seek to grow in your faith, our church is committed to providing not only resources, but individuals and groups where you can connect with other believers, become more and more like Jesus, help others become more and more like Jesus, and impact your sphere of influence for His kingdom.

Some of the ways that we grow in our faith at FBC are through:

  • 1-on-1 Discipling – God in His grace has not made us to walk alone in the Christian life. In one-on-one discipling relationships, two Christians of the same gender meet regularly to study Scripture, hold one another accountable, and pray for one another. Within this basic framework, discipling relationships may take a number of different shapes: an elder member may disciple a younger member, a more mature Christian might disciple a younger Christian, or peers in the faith might effectively disciple one another. One-on-one discipling acts as a catalyst to Christian growth, helping us bear one another’s sorrows and joys while growing in Christ together.
  • D-Groups (Discipleship Groups) – Sometimes discipling relationships work better in a small group setting. Similar to one-on-one discipling, D-groups are comprised of a group of 3-5 people of the same gender who meet together regularly to study Scripture/discuss a spiritually rich book, ask accountability questions, and pray for one another. Materials for D-groups and one-on-one discipling are recommended by our pastor and provided by the church.
  • Classes/Bible Studies – Throughout the year, our church offers specific classes and Bible studies designed to help you grow in your knowledge of God’s word and in sound doctrine. These classes/studies are not ongoing like Sunday School classes, rather, they are offered according to a set schedule. Sign-ups for these classes will be posted well in advance of their starting dates.
  • Sunday School – Sunday School classes provide a convenient, fun, and rewarding way for everyone to grow in their faith together. Please see the next two pages for a thorough description of our Sunday School ministry and how you can get involved.

As a church, we know that the good news of the gospel compels us to reach out in love to those in our community, state, nation, and around the world. We try to do this in a variety of ways:

  • Mission Trips – From partnerships with other churches, ministries, and missionaries in Eastern Kentucky all the way to Sau Paulo, Brazil, each year we seek to take the gospel from the corner of College and 3rd Street to the corners of the earth.
  • Local Schools – In recent years, we have partnered with local schools to help meet a variety of needs. From praying with them and for them, to providing breakfast for faculty and staff, to providing meals and devotionals to football players before games, we are always eager to serve our school systems and their students with the love of Jesus.
  • Benevolence – By God’s grace, we are able to help bear the burden of some financial needs of those in our community by providing funds for gas and food. Our Mercy Box is also a way for our church to provide non-perishable food items for those in immediate need.
  • Apple Day Outreach – One of the biggest outreach efforts of our church occurs during the weekend of Apple Day. We seek to share the love of Jesus and the hope of the gospel with as many who come on our parking lots during the weekend. We offer a cornhole tournament, games for children, face painting, water, and live gospel music.
  • “Unhindered Worship” – From the months of July-October, on the third Saturday evening of each month, we are thrilled to host a worship service outside on our parking lot, followed by a time of fellowship. The goal of these short services is not only to minister to our church family, but also to invite others in our community to come and join us in worship in a non-traditional setting. Dates and times for these services are posted weeks in advance.

*Apart from the recurring outreaches/missions listed above, our church hosts and participates in other outreaches throughout the year. Information about these ministries, as well as dates and times are provided two-three months in advance. Other information about the outreach/missions efforts of our church, plus sign-up sheets are listed on our “Go” board in the information hallway.

Serving in ministry is something that every member of our church is called to do. Serving and ministering is not limited to our pastor(s) and deacons only, but rather to every believer who calls FBC their church home. Truly, we seek to commit ourselves to every-member ministry.

We’re so thankful that God has given His people different spiritual gifts and other talents that are each to be stewarded and used for the good of the body of Christ. We strongly encourage every member to cultivate their spiritual gift(s) and talents in our church by actively serving in the ministries of their choice.

Members of our church serve in various ministries such as:

  • Nursery
  • Children and Youth Classes
  • Preacher Pals
  • Sunday School Teacher/Assistant
  • Ushers
  • Greeters
  • Choir/Praise Team
  • Sound/Visual Team
  • Security Team
  • Hospitality Team
  • Encouragers
  • Prayer Teams
  • And more….

The easiest way to plug in and get involved in a specific ministry at FBC is simply to introduce yourself to a ministry leader, and offer to serve. Our ministry leaders are always looking for more willing servants in the ministries they are responsible for.

For a list of ministry leaders and contact information, please contact the office or ask another member of our church and we will be happy to get you connected.

*At various times throughout the year, our church hosts ministries that require many people to serve:(Outreaches like Apple Day, VBS, Church Clean-Up Days, and Back to School Block Parties). For these kinds of ministries and outreaches, sign-up sheets are posted in advance on the “Go” board in the information hallway. If you are interested to serve in these ministries, we ask that you please put your name and contact information on the sign-up sheet and our ministry leader will contact you.

There are many ways to stay connected and up to date with what’s taking place at FBC:

  • Church Office – Feel free to call our church office at 606-789-3168 to receive any information about ministries or upcoming events, or to schedule a time to meet with our pastor. You may also email our secretary at fbcpatinsville@att.net if you would like to receive announcements and updates from our church via email.
  • Website – Always be sure to visit our website, fbcpaintsville.com. There you can find sermon audio, weekly bulletins, monthly events, articles, ministry information and more.
  • Facebook – Be sure to like and follow our Facebook page for announcements and upcoming events at www.facebook/fbcpaintsville
  • Weekly Bulletin – New bulletins are available each Sunday morning at all entrances. Bulletins are filled with all the information you need to stay up to date with all that’s happening at FBC.
  • First Things – “First Things” is a monthly page of events happening at FBC for the current month. This page includes dates, times, and the leader’s contact information. A paper copy of “First Things” can be found at all entrances, as well as on the church website.
  • “Discover First” – To receive more information about our church, to meet our pastor, and to get your questions answered, we gladly invite you to take our “Discover First” class offered on a as-needed basis. A sign-up sheet is located on the “Grow” board in the information hallway.
  • “Information Hallway” – The downstairs hallway, located right outside of the sanctuary door and directly across from the fellowship hall is where you will find our men’s and women’s restrooms, as well as our “Gather, Grow, Go” bulletin boards filled with relevant information to our church.
  • Church Tours – If you would like to receive a ten-minute tour of our church building, please stick around after any service and any member will be more than happy to show you where everything is located so that you can navigate yourself around our building comfortably.

*As always, please feel welcome to talk with our pastor, our deacons, or any other member of our church to ask questions and get the information you are looking for. We are here to serve you.