Baptist roots date back four centuries to a people seeking the
opportunity to worship God in freely organized and freely functioning local churches.
The American Baptist Churches USA
affirms that ”our priority as a denomination is to affirm, support, and challenge congregations as they live out their mission.” Each congregation has autonomy within the
We celebrate and believe that
expressed personal faith in Jesus Christ assures salvation and eternal fellowship with a loving God.
We at First Baptist Church of Hingham
believe that as Baptists we have a freedom of expression from the pulpit and pew, being accountable to God, with the Bible being our ultimate authority.
We strive to care for the needy, the weak, and the oppressed.
We seek justice for all persons.
We find unity in diversity and diversity in unity.
We embrace a pluralism of race, ethnicity, and gender.
We respect individual differences of conviction and theology.
We accept people from all walks of life.
We decide what projects we want to do
for the people of this community.
We have excellent national and
international missions to which we contribute.
We have freedom to be in ministry,
regardless of whether one is male or female.
We celebrate racial, cultural, and theological diversity.
We believe in the competency of all
believers to be in direct relationship with God and to interpret Scripture.
When desired, church membership can
be fulfilled through Baptism by immersion, letter of transfer, or Christian testimony.
American Baptists acknowledge that
God’s family extends beyond our local churches, being called to support cooperative ministries. Our outreach extends worldwide through our relationships with the Denomination, and association
with other ministries such as the Baptist World Alliance, the National Council of the Churches of Christ, the World Council of Churches.
We support the religious freedom in
the separation of church and state.
We advocate for people everywhere to
be guaranteed the right to worship free from discrimination.
We celebrate the
special gifts of all believers, testifying that God can use each of us with our own talents in ministry.