Our Affiliation

Welcome to First Baptist

Although we meet in an historic building, we are a vibrant intergenerational & multicultural community made of people at all stages of their journey in faith.

First Baptist Church of Vancouver is a church of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (CBWC). The CBWC is a Christ-centred community of churches that have a 3-fold purpose: Inviting Faith. Acting in Mercy. Cultivating Leaders.

Denominational Affliation

The CBWC’s theology represents moderate Christian values in an evangelical posture. Churches that are part of the CBWC, including First, aim to reach out to our neighbours to share the good news of Christ through ministries that share God’s love in our communities, both locally and internationally. Everywhere, in word and deed, Christ is proclaimed.

CBWC Statement of Faith

While not a denomination that emphasizes creeds or rituals, the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (CBWC) together affirm wholeheartedly the revelation of God as given in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and confess the faith therein set forth. We here explicitly assert the doctrines, which we regard as crucial to the understanding and proclamation of the Gospel and to practical Christian living:

  1. The sovereignty, love, and grace of God, the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption, and final judgment.

  2. The divine inspiration of Holy Scripture and its entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. 

  3. The value of each human being as created by God. The universal sinfulness of humankind since the fall, which alienates all from God and subjects all to condemnation. 

  4. The full deity and humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, whose substitutionary sacrifice is the sole ground of redemption from the guilt, penalty, and power of sin. 

  5. The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith alone in Christ crucified and risen from the dead.

  6. The illuminating, regenerating, indwelling, and sanctifying work of God, the Holy Spirit, in the believer.

  7. The church as set forth in the New Testament and understood historically by the Baptist community.

  8. The expectation of the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ, our participation in the resurrection, and the hope of eternal life.

For more information on what we believe, please go to CBWC.