Our Mission at FIRST

a culture of grace & Community of Belonging

Here at First, you will find a culture of grace and a community of people trying to take seriously what it means to follow Jesus in the world we live. 

The Mission

We believe Jesus is very clear about the mission of His church. Here at First, our existence is based on Matthew 28:18-20 where Jesus tells us that our job is to Make Disciples.

Our philosophy in carrying out this mission is simple...

Make Disciples, Mature Authentic Followers of Jesus, to Mobilize Christ's Church.

We do this through Biblical Teaching, Worship, Kids & Student Ministries, Serving our Community & World, while creating a Community of Belonging.


18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

- MATTHEW 28:18-20


Authentic Followers of Jesus.

Christ's Church.


We believe the Bible is inspired and its words are full of life and power. Our messages cover a variety of topics but always start with the Bible. Our vision is for all generations to know, understand, and live out God’s Word in real and practical ways.


Worship, at its core, is valuing God above all else. One way we express that value is through music. At First, you will find diverse music that is uplifting and helps us express our love and dependance on God.  We seek to use our talents, creativity, space, and our music to connect people with the God who longs to be known, and worshipped.


At First we place the utmost importance on our children and students. Our Children and Student ministries have quality programs, staff and facilities designed to help your child understand the great love of God and grow into life long followers of Jesus.


As a church, it is our great desire to pour God’s love into every place that we go.  Both in Lodi and around the world we want to be a people on mission to love and serve in the name of Jesus.  Our hope is for every person to find their place to serve and missions is one of the greatest values of our church.


Belonging is important. Here at First, you will find all different kinds of families, and people walking through every stage of life. We value and support each other by providing relevant teaching, resources, programs and relationships to help you grow.  First Baptist is also blessed to be a truly multi-generational church.

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