Who We Are

Who We Are

Identity, Vision and Values

We are a People of God Defined by Agape.

John 3:16:   “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

We exist to Love the World as God Loves us.

John 15:12:  “’This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.’”

We live out our identity and our mission through these core AGAPE Values. 


Advancing God’s Kingdom

MissionsFeet350 Mission: We seek God’s Kingdom first in our lives, church, community and world through partnership strategies which result in individual and community transformation.

Biblical Foundations:Matthew 6:33, Acts 1:8, Micah 6:8, Luke 4:18-19

Growing Disciples

DiscipleshipHead350 Discipleship: We passionately seek to be formed into the image of Jesus for the sake of the world.

Biblical Foundations:  Matthew 22:37-39, Mark 1:17, Psalms 119:105

All Inclusive, Intentional Worship

WorshipHead350 Worship:  We value inclusive, intentional, creative worship that exalts God with awe and wonder, celebrates Jesus with joy and thanksgiving, and submits to the Holy Spirit in reverence and humility.

Biblical Foundations: Galatians 3:28, Psalm 150, Matthew 18:20

Praying, Spirit-Led Followers of Jesus

communityHead350 Fellowship:  We seek first to be a people of prayer and spiritual discernment who live in unity with God’s purposes.

Biblical Foundations:  Philippians 4:6-7, Luke 11:1, John 16:13, Galatians 5:25

Extending God’s Grace

FellowshipHead350 Worth:  As we are all called to be good stewards of God’s incredible gift to us, we value the divine uniqueness and giftedness of each individual from newest infant to the oldest adult, blessing both men and women in positions of leadership and ministry.

Biblical Foundations:  1 Peter 4:10, Galatians 2:21, John 13:35


What is AGAPE?

AGAPE is a New Testament Greek word that means sacrificial love. In the Bible AGAPE defines God (1 John 4:8) and AGAPE identifies followers of Jesus (John 13:35). The word AGAPE stands at the center of the faith and practice of First Baptist Cornelia. In 1974, we launched Camp AGAPE in partnership with the Department of Family and Children Service. Every summer since, the entire church has mobilized to offer this camp to children in need of sacrificial love. Camp AGAPE has shaped First Baptist Cornelia as much as it has shaped the thousands of children who have camped with us.

What We Believe

First Baptist Cornelia adheres to the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message.

What Kind of Baptists are we?

First Baptist Cornelia stands in a long tradition of free and faithful Baptists. In the Free Church tradition, we determine our own identity and vision choosing to partner with other Baptists to accomplish God’s mission. Our two key Baptist partners are the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Southern Baptist Convention. In Georgia we partner with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia and the Georgia Baptist Convention. Locally, we partner with the Habersham Baptist Association and the other Christian churches in Cornelia for both mission, worship and fellowship opportunities. In partnership tradition, we do not define our partners and neither do they define us.