The Historical First Baptist Church (“HFBC”) is an organism of regenerate persons, immersed on profession of faith in Christ; united in covenant for worship, instruction, the observance of Christian ordinances, and for such service as the Gospel requires; recognizing and accepting Christ as our supreme Lord and Law Giver, and taking His word as our only and sufficient rule of faith and practice in all manners of conscience and religion. Since we are saved by faith in Christ and baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we are governed by His law, observing His ordinances and walking in fellowship with Him (Acts 2:41-43).
The word “historical” has two profound meanings to the Historical First Baptist Church family. The first meaning depicts the history of our church in which we were established in 1885 under the name of Happy Hollow. In 1917, the church was rebuilt and renamed First Baptist Missionary Baptist Church. One Wednesday morning in June of 1932, the church was destroyed by fire leaving the congregation without a place to worship and also without a pastor. With only 12 members and the help of God and under the leadership of Pastor J. W. Warford who served for 13 years; we were again able to rebuild. In 1992 Pastor Quintin R. Smith became our servant leader, under which we discovered our church was a church of great historical worth. We discovered that we were the first African American church in the city of Millington. With this knowledge, we voted to change our name to Historical First Baptist Church of Millington Tennessee.
The second meaning that the word historical has to the Historical First Baptist family is a very unique and special one. The first three letters of the word history spells “HIS”, meaning Christ himself. The last five letters of the word history spells “STORY,” meaning Christ’s story, His life, His death, His burial, His resurrection, His ascension and His Coming. HIS-STORY…Our Belief!
Our Purpose as a Church in the City of Millington
The purpose of the church is to glorify God by fulfilling the great commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and the great commission (Matthew 28:18-20), in accordance with the following principles:
- To participate in public worship service together and maintain personal daily devotions. (John 4:24)
- To share the good news of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible in our community and throughout the world. (Acts 1:8; II Peter 3:9)
- To serve unselfishly in Jesus’ name, meeting physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those in our church community and world.
(Matthew 25:34-40; I Thessalonians 5:11; Galatians 5:13; I Peter 4:10-11).