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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
What does First Baptist Church believe?
How can a biblically-based church welcome gay people?
Are you a "gay church"?
How can you be a Baptist church?
How can I learn more about First Baptist Berkeley?
 
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Q: What does First Baptist Berkeley believe?

A: We believe God’s love is for all people: female and male, young and old, gay and straight, conservative and liberal, those who have a strong belief system and those who have doubt, and everyone in between. We believe God wants us to help others, not judge them, and that each person’s life is a journey toward becoming the person God created them to be. One of our roles as a community of faith is to encourage and enable others along that life path.


Q: How can a Biblically-based church welcome and affirm gay and lesbian people?

A: By reading and studying the Bible! There is an extensive basis in the scriptures for an inclusive, compassionate God whose love embraces everyone:

Acts 10
Ruth (entire book)
Jonah
Isaiah 49: 6
Mark 5: 21 - 43
Luke 11: 37 - 12:3
John 4: 1 - 42
Romans 2 (which turns the tables on Romans 1!)
I Corinthians 10: 23 - 31
II Corinthians 3: 4 - 6
Galatians 3: 23 - 29
Ephesians 2: 13 - 17
I John 3: 11 - 24

and many, many more.


Q: Are you a "gay church"?

A: Gay singles and families, as well as straight singles and families, are part of our FBCB fellowship.


Q: How can you be a Baptist church?

A: There are many different kinds of Baptists. First Baptist Berkeley is part of the American Baptist Churches USA, the most ethnically diverse denomination in the United States, and one that has always included people with a wide range of faith outlooks. We are also a part of the Alliance of Baptists, the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists,.and the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America.


Q: How can I learn more about First Baptist Berkeley?

A:Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am for worship and fellowship!