Who We Are

First Baptist Powell is a gospel-centered community who loves God and others.

Why We Exist

First Baptist Powell exists by the grace of God, and the glory of God is the ultimate purpose in all our activities. We glorify God by loving Him and obeying His commands through: worshiping Him, equipping the saints in Bible instruction and study, proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ through preaching and personal evangelism, and any other means consistent with the teachings of the Bible; encouraging, supporting, and participating in missions work in a local, domestic, and international setting; administering the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper; encouraging biblical fellowship among believers; serving individuals and families by meeting physical, emotional, and spiritual needs in the name of Jesus Christ.

Pillars and Aims

First Baptist Powell affirms the following pillars and aims:

Gospel-Centered Worship

  • We aim to prioritize worship on the Lord’s Day while encouraging worship within smaller communities and among individuals.
  • We aim to accentuate the beauty of God revealed supremely in the gospel both in our worship services and in the spaces in which we gather.
  • We aim to see the affections of our members (toward God and others) raised by the Holy Spirit through worship that is according to Scripture and shaped by the gospel.
  • We aim to be made a house of prayer for all nations.

Gospel-Centered Proclamation

  • We aim to preach Scripture expositionally while addressing culturally relevant issues from Scripture topically and thematically.
  • We aim to declare God’s Word both in our larger and smaller gatherings.
  • We aim to reach all generations and peoples through the proclamation of the gospel beginning in Powell, TN and extending to the nations.

Gospel-Centered Discipleship

  • We aim to present every member mature in Christ.
  • We aim to consistently develop leaders.
  • We aim to intentionally equip the next generation to shine as lights in the world.
  • We aim to encourage every member to be in a discipling relationship.
  • We aim to assist each member in identifying, developing, and employing their spiritual gifts to edify the body of Christ.

Gospel-Centered Mercy

  • We aim to consciously remember the poor among us and around us.
  • We aim to provide loving counsel for the hurting.
  • We aim to identify those in need within FBP and the broader community in order to extend tangible mercy to all beginning with the members of FBP.

Church Structure

First Baptist Powell is an elder-led church.

While there are many forms of church governments, we believe that an elder-led model is the most biblically faithful. It allows elders to fulfill their duties as Scripture describes, and preserves the roles and responsibilities of every member within the context of the priesthood of all believers.

how does elder-led work?

It is best summarized in the church’s Constitution:

First Baptist Church of Powell is Elder-led with accountability to, and input from, the congregation. Elders include both ordained paid staff and non-paid staff members. The Elders will work with various church leadership teams for counsel. The Elders are accountable to the church membership through the Finance Committee in areas of finances and through the Personnel Committee in areas covered by the Personnel Policies.

The Elders are selected from the adult male membership of the church as led by the Holy Spirit and affirmed by the church membership. An Elder must have given evidence of spiritual maturity and service for an extended period of time. Prospective Elders will be examined according to the qualifications given in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.

what is an elder?

He is a Shepherd of God’s people.

…Shepherd the flock of God which is among you…being examples to the flock…(1 Peter 5:1-3).

He is an Overseer (sometimes translated “bishop” or “pastor”) of God’s people.

Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28). For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you…(Titus 1:5-9).

He is a principal Teacher of God’s people.

Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. (1 Timothy 5:17). A bishop then must be…able to teach. (1 Timothy 3:2)

He is responsible for the spiritual Protection of God’s people.

From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church…Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears. (Acts 20:17- 31).