A church community you will call home and friends who will encourage you to spread your wings.
A warm welcome to Seattle First Baptist Church! Whether through this website or in person, here you will find a dynamic faith community that has been a voice for social justice and progressive theology in downtown Seattle for more than a century. Here it is safe to hold your Christian heritage unapologetically while also valuing opportunities to collaborate with people of all faiths on issues that we hold in common. All people and all families are welcome into this congregation where diversity is cherished and makes us strong.
Seattle First Baptist is a church community that seeks to follow the way of Jesus Christ, to be a people of God and to love and care for our neighbors, and we invite all of you to be part of us for one website visit, one worship service, or for a lifetime. Seattle First Baptist is aligned with the American Baptist Churches USA and values traditional historic Baptist principles such as Soul Freedom — the right of each person to interpret the Bible and other teachings for her or himself, the Separation of Church and State and the Autonomy of the congregation. As a church we value our communal times of worship, music and education together, and we encourage individuals to discover and walk their spiritual path in solitude and in community, in small groups and large, and in individual spiritual direction.
These pages contain much more information about this church and our work together. We joyfully encourage all to worship with us — whether on line through sermons, other writings and music, or in person in Seattle on Sunday mornings or at one of the many activities at the church each week.
Are you seeking a church home? Do you question what value an institution like a church can possibly provide to our community today? This is a place where we encourage all to keep questioning. We welcome and cherish your heart, your mind, and your own growing ability to minister to the world.
Sunday, March 30th at 2:30 p.m.
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Special Events of Interest
The Learning Community
Sunday morning, March 09, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
The Lenten series: Zealot: the Sequel
As many of us were not able to attend the discussions by Bill Malcolmson of Reza Aslan’s, Zealot, last fall, Jim Segaar and I will host a discussion of this book during the six-week Lenten series at 9:30 a.m. beginning March 9th. This popular and controversial book, a New York Times best seller, was named one of the best books of the 2013 by Publishers Weekly. I personally have found it to be an eye-opening account of the historical Jesus and the transformation of the meaning of Jesus’ life by Paul.
Recognizing the increasing importance of the Internet and social media’s contribution to public discourse, we also plan to include Internet blogs, You Tube videos, and Facebook pages as part of the discussion about Zealot. Using the Internet we will explore Aslan’s life and other work, as well as some reviewers who are highly critical of his work. We will try to understand the author’s life and beliefs, which undoubtedly influenced his portrayal of the life of Jesus. We encourage you to read Zealot as a background for this class. The book is available through Amazon for $16.20 plus postage, or at Elliot Bay for $27.00. It is also available on Kindle for $6.99.
This book explores the heart of a Lenten meditation: Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. What did it mean for his disciples, and what does it mean for those of us living today? Join us for this conversation beginning in March. Deepen the subject for yourself by reading Zealot before the class begins.
Steve Smith and Jim Segaar, leading
Children and Youth Education
Each Sunday, the CF&YA Commission will provide coffee, juice, and bagels from 10:15 to 10:50 a.m. Parents, children, and young adults are invited to come together for an informal time of fellowship.
Our wonderful Sunday School teachers will also be in attendance, so that parents and their children can continue to build relationships with our staff. The gym will be open, and the ping pong tables will be ready to roll out.
At 10:50 a.m., we will all head down to worship together. Then, at the designated time during worship, we will dismiss children and youth for their Sunday School classes. And then we’ll do it all again the next Sunday! Won’t you join us?
Childcare for infants, toddlers and preschoolers is available from 9:30 a.m. through the Sunday Worship Service, in our Young Children's Center and Nursery.