Our Pastor: Pastor David Blair
I am a follower of Jesus Christ who has been saved by God’s amazing grace. My passion is to see the people of God mature. I long to lead a church into true biblical fellowship that overflows into reaching the community with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the Word of God and preaching the Bible. Both my parents and our local church in California were instrumental in my discipleship as a child. I trusted in Christ at an early age and have been involved in ministry most of my life. In junior high and high school my enthusiasm for God grew stronger and stronger as I was involved in mission trips, passing out Bibles, home Bible studies and leadership roles in our church youth group. The more I read the Bible and learned about the Lord Jesus, the more I wanted to be about His work. In 9th grade I decided that, Lord willing, I would become a pastor one day. I was given the opportunity to preach my first sermon before I even had my driver's license. I’ve been preaching and teaching the Word of God ever since. I went on to study theology at California Baptist University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. I also spent two summers as a Bible study leader at Christian camps and one summer as a missionary in Tanzania, Africa. I have served as a pastor at both Corydon Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church and I am glad to now be here in Brookville. I’m blessed to be married to my incredible wife Leslie and be the father of four young and energetic children Jameson, Isaac, Kathryn, and Annelise. I enjoy photography, strategy games, reading, hiking with my family and riding bikes.
The First Baptist Church
The First Baptist Church was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on April 19, 1892. OUR MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to make disciples by reaching, teaching, training, baptizing, and going into the world. We exist to exalt God, equip followers of Jesus, evangelize the world for Him, and serve Him with our gifts and talents. OUR BIBLICAL DOCTRINE: 1. We believe the Holy Bible is our only standard of truth. The Bible is the inspired, infallible Word uniquely designed to enable us to know, follow and live in Him. We choose to make it the absolute rule of faith and practice in our lives and the ultimate authority for our values, traditions and practices. II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 3:16-17 2. We believe that there is only one God eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Isaiah 45:5-7, II Corinthians 13:14 3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension into Heaven where He sits at the right hand of His Father, and in His personal return to this earth in power and glory. Philippians 2:5-8, I Corinthians 15:1-4 4. We believe that humans are created in the image of God, but we are sinful and have fallen from our relationship with God. We need salvation that can only come from God’s grace and mercy. Genesis 1:26-27, Isaiah 43:7 5. We believe that our salvation is by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Faith leads us to a life of believing in the cross and resurrection; confessing Jesus as our Lord and Savior; repenting (turning away from sin and turning towards God); being baptized by immersion into Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection; and living the transformed life of worship as shown throughout Scripture. Luke 24:45-47, Ephesians 2:8 6. We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit who is constantly working in our lives, changing us, equipping us and empowering us to live a holy, fruitful life. Galatians 5:16-25 7. We believe in the church, the local communion of believers, who are called to worship God, to reach the lost with the Gospel, to fellowship with each other, to equip her members, and to minister to people’s needs. Hebrews 10:24-25, I Corinthians 1:2 8. We believe in this Blessed Hope – the Second Coming of Christ. He will come to judge the living and the dead according to their deeds. Those who have accepted Christ as their Savior will go on to Heaven, and those who reject Jesus Christ as their personal Savior will be eternally lost in Hell. Acts 24:14-15, I Corinthians 15:20-23, Revelation 20.