Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia
Baptist General Association of Virginia
Norfolk Area Baptist Association
First Baptist Church of VB | 401 35TH ST VIRGINIA BEACH VA 23451 us | +1.7574286562
We are a theologically moderate, little "b" baptist congregation that is a five minute walk from the Oceanfront. We are theologically moderate. To offer some perspective, moderate means we're not going to beat you over the head with the Bible (although we really like our scriptures, just not near as much as we like our Christ) and we're not going to burn your name in effigy if we learn you didn't recycle that empty water bottle (however you really should recycle... really.)
No, we are neither Fundamentalist nor liberal but somewhere in between the two. We're centered on Christ and we do church in a distinctly baptist kind of way. Little "b" baptist refers to the vision and principles of our baptist forebears. The phrase itself comes from theologian James William McClendon, Jr. For us being baptist isn't about a label or denominational brand but a vision that inspires our expressions of faith, and our faith shapes our lives.
We take Jesus seriously, and our reward for doing so is a deep realization that we are all sinners in need of grace. In living our relationship with God through Christ we seek to love, minister to, and affirm each person who enters this community regardless of race, creed, sexual identity or socioeconomic status. So every sinner is welcome, each and every one, for their sins are no better or worse than ours -and we all need healing. When we meet together we share with each other the very same grace that each of of us so desperately needs.
A Baptist Congregation at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront