What to expect


Sunday School begins at 9:00 a.m. with worship and celebration each Sunday at 10:15 a.m., and an evening Bible study at 6:00 p.m.  We encourage you to visit with us.

First Baptist Church Kilgore strives to provide many opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.  We know that the adventure of life is not without its bumps. That’s why we offer prayer and support in addition to Sunday School classes for all ages.
God is doing great things at our church and in our community.  If you do not already have a church home, we hope you will visit us and find home here at First Baptist.  If we can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to call.

We would welcome the opportunity to get to know you and your family.

What to Expect 

You can expect the morning service to be celebrative, casual, and relevant.  Friendly people will meet you at the door. You will notice some people dressed in jeans and flip flops, a few in suits, and most some place in between. At the beginning of the service the worship leader will invite you to fully participate in celebrating Jesus and the grace he offers us. It's also okay if you want to hold back and watch how things go. The pastor will share a relevant message from the Bible in a conversational style.
You can expect your children to have a great time. Children from kindergarten through 5th grade worship in Kid's Church. Your children can worship with you if you prefer. We have found that the children not only have a great time but learn and grow more when they get to worship in a setting designed just for them. We provide preschool childcare for the children under kindergarten age.
You can expect worship to include ancient, traditional, and contemporary elements.  Some worship practices have been used for centuries because they help people connect with God in a personal and meaningful way. Some of the newest music opens an avenue of worship for people to express themselves in an authentic and fresh manner. We don't want to lose something really good just because it's old. We don't want to miss something really helpful just because it's new.
You can expect that a real connection at First Baptist is most likely to happen in Sunday School. Sunday School is a small group Bible study that takes place on Sunday morning at 9am. At 9am small group Bible studies with people of all ages and backgrounds meet in our buildings. These small groups make possible the life connection all of us need. You are welcome to check out these groups until you find one that feels right for you.
You can expect to find people at First Baptist who love God and love people.

Core Values

First Baptist Church Core Values

Love God, Love People


In Matthew 22:37-38, Jesus is asked, “What is the Greatest Commandment?” He replies, “Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment.

The most important relationship in a Christian’s life is their relationship with the Heavenly Father through His Son Jesus Christ. The pursuit of this relationship should be our primary focus. Growing in this relationship is accomplished in many ways:

Worship – praising God both corporately and personally with reverence and passion (Isaiah 6:1-8, John 4:23-24)

 Prayer– communicating with our God to draw us closer to Him (Philippians 4:6-7, Matthew 6:5-15)

Bible Study – studying God’s word helps us learn more about Him (John 5:39, Deut. 8:3, Josh. 1:8)

Discipleship – following the lifestyle outlined by Jesus (Luke 9:23-24, Luke 14:27, John 8:31-32)


 In Matthew 22:39-40, Jesus continues his answer, and the second is like it, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

 God’s love is to be shared. Loving Him creates a desire in us to love all of our neighbors. Sharing God’s love with others can be done in several ways:

 Ministry– actively serving, supporting, and assisting individuals and families within our church body, our community, and our world (Galatians 6:2, Matthew 25:35-40)

 Missions/Evangelism – sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in our community, and throughout the world (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8)

 Unity– developing a oneness of spirit and purpose within our church body (Romans 12:4-8, Acts 4:32, 2 Corinthians 5:18)

 Prayerpraying for, with, or on behalf of others (James 5:13-16)