First Baptist Church - Medina, Ohio

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What is our identity? What is our mission? What is our purpose?

People everywhere are on a quest to figure out the meaning of it all. Those who cannot answer these questions often feel stuck, or flounder from lack of direction.

As a church, First Baptist Church has committed to GROW. This acronym drives everything we do as a church. Here is what GROW means:

               GO...Make Disciples

               REFLECT...Christ's Love

               OBEY...The Scriptures

               WORSHIP...Almighty God

Go - Make Disciples.

God has called the church to win people to Christ and disciple them to become Christ-like in their lives. Read Matthew 28:19.

Reflect - Christ's Love.

We are the body of Christ. We ought to reflect the love of Jesus through our words, attitudes and ministries. Every time we serve in ministry, this should happen.

Obey - The Scriptures.

We need to know the Scriptures so we can obey them. The Bible is from God, and it is for us. We will teach God's Word and learn to obey it in all we do.

Worship - Almighty God.

God is seeking worshipers to worship Him. He is worthy of the highest honor and the highest praise. Our worship is celebratory and reverent because our God is awesome!


From "G.R.O.W. Together" by John McCaw, Senior Pastor, The First Edition newsletter, October 2014

What We Believe

We are an independent Baptist church. This means our local church body is self-governing, subject to the authority of the Bible, and in agreement with traditional Baptist doctrine. We are not governed by a Synod or Diocese or other outside organization. Our church membership elects a Board of Deacons to work with our Senior Pastor as he leads the church.

We believe that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, which we understand to mean the whole Bible. (Mark 12:36, 2 Timothy 3:16 & 17, 2 Peter 1:2)

We believe in one God, the Creator of everything, who exists in Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19 & 20, John 1:1-4, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Hebrews 1:13)

We believe that man was originally created in the image of God but fell through his disobedience to God. Because of Adam's sin, each of us is born naturally sinful, deserving of death and in need of God's forgiveness and salvation. (Genesis 2:17, Psalm 51:5, Romans 3:10-19, Romans 5:12-14, Ephesians 2:13)

We believe that God loved the world so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live a sinless life and become the perfect, sacrificial Lamb whose death on the Cross would pay the price for the sins of mankind. (John 1:29, Romans 3:25 & 26, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 10:5-14)

We believe that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead on the third day through the power of God (John 20:20, 1 Corinthians 15:3-7 & 20, Philippians 3:20) and that forty days after His Resurrection He ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father, working as the intercessor and advocate for all believers. (Ephesians 1:22 & 23, Hebrews 7:25, 1 John 2:1)

We believe that all people must be born again, or saved, by placing their faith and trust in Jesus Christ and His saving work on the cross. (John 1:12, Acts 16:31, Philippians 3:4-9, Titus 3:5) This faith alone, by God's grace, is what saves us and gives us the promise of eternal life with God in Heaven.

Read our entire Confession of Faith in our Church Constitution.

What Does All This Mean? How Can I Be Saved?

God made you. God loves you. God wants to have a relationship with you. He sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross so that your sins can be forgiven.

The Bible teaches us that if you admit that you have sinned and ask God for forgiveness, believe that Jesus died for you, and confess that Jesus is your Savior, God will forgive all your sin and welcome you into His family.

"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

"To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12

"If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9

Talk to a Pastor

One of our pastors would be happy to talk with you about salvation and the new life we can have in Jesus Christ. Use the contact form, above, or call 330-725-5853.


Baptism is a public expression of faith, demonstrating that that you have given your life to Jesus Christ and want to be identified publicly as a Christian. We hold baptism services several times a year. If you are interested in baptism, use the website Contact form or call the church office.

Read Pastor John McCaw's sermon on Baptism, "The Newness of Life," or look for April 12, 2015, "The Newness of Life," to listen to this sermon on our Media Page..


If you have been saved and baptized, you may want to take the next logical step and become a member of the church. We hold membership services several times a year. If you are interested in joining First Baptist Church, use the website Contact form or call the church office.




We offer new member orientation several times each year for those interested in joining the church. Topics covered include our church history; our constitution; our beliefs; and areas where you can get involved in serving.

Next Membership Classes: February 25th (lunch), March 4th or March 11th (deacon interviews and video testimony)

To sign up for the next membership class, just call the office at 330-725-5853.

Learn about using Church Community Builder, our online membership community.


If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and are ready to make a public declaration of that faith through Baptism, please contact our Pastor using the CONTACT form on the website or by calling the church office at 330-725-5853. We hold Baptism services several times a year. 

Next Baptism Service: TBD