FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH of Du Quoin, Illinois, has been a light in this community for over 150 years and has been touching, affecting, changing lives both here at home and around the world. Literally, thousands of people have had their lives changed, homes have been mended, relationships have been restored, new life has been given, because we worship the God of Grace, the God of second chances. We welcome you to inquire of our sincerity and of our many different ministries to better serve you.
What We Believe
At FBCDQ, Jesus is the heartbeat of everything we do. He is what makes us go, who we live for, the person that we orient our lives around. We want our church to embody his love for each other and Du Quoin. While the doctrines that express our faith in him are not everything, they help Give shape to our faith.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--coeternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections ( Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 Corinthians 13:14 ). He is the creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 102:25). He has always existed, never having a beginnin, never ending (Revelation 21:6), and never changing (Psalm 102:27, Malachi 3:6). He is holy (Isaiah 6:3), merciful and forgiving (Daniel 9:9), compassionate (Exodus 34:6), just (Psalm 67:4), and will judge the world in righteouness (Psalm 9:8).
We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the verbally inspired word of God, his truth (John 17:17), his heart (John 3:16), and his purpose for the world (Psalm 46:10). It is the final authority for faith and practice, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and Godbreathede (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Matthew 5:18, John 16:12-13).
We Believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that he might reveal God and redeem humanity (John 1:1-2; 14, Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice and that our justification is made sure by his literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24, 1 Peter 2:24, Ephesians 1:7, 1 Peter 1:3-5). We Believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where , as our high priest, he fulfills the ministry of representative, intercessor, and advocate (Acts 1:9-10, Hebrews 7:25, 9:24, Romans 8:34, 1 John 2:1-2).
We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of the present age (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 2 Corinthians 11:2). The church is not something we go to, nor is it something we do. Instead, the church is something we are. Jesus is the head of the church, and we are members of his body (Ephesians 1:22-23).
We believe that the church is meant to bear witnes to the good news of the gospel and love of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14-20). This mission is not something that is just done overseas; rather mission is something that is done every day of our life (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8). As God is on a mission to redeem humanity, to bring hope out of desperation, to bring freedome out of bondage, to bring life out of death, so the church is on mission to be a light to all people (Matthew 5:14) of every race and every nation (Psalm 46:10).
We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God, and that man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:22-23, 5:12, Ephesians 2:1-3; 12).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on the cross at Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).