First Baptist Church of Arlington is a church of faith where people can grow to their God given potential. If you are just now exploring the claims of Jesus Christ for the first time as an adult, or if you have been a personal Christian for years, it would be great to have you join us in our spiritual journey.

We are a group of people who are at different places in our spiritual walk discovering together what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century. Some of us are very traditional church folk. Some of us are postmodern. Some of us are young, some wish we were. We are shades of black, brown, and white.

We are a Baptist church because we believe in the centrality of the gospel, the importance of scripture, the necessity of personal faith, and the freedom that is found in Christ. Our faith has provided a place for us to stand in facing life, and we have found some meaningful answers. We also have many questions.

I'm so glad you're looking at our home on the web. If you'd like to know us better, come by on a Sunday morning for our worship service, or drop in at one of our group meetings or special events. Our worship service starts at 10 am.

I'll be here, and I look forward to meeting you.

Pastor Jon

New Year - 2015

It is New Year’s Eve as I write this column. As we are prone to do around the beginning of a new year I am remembering the beginnings of years past. One that stands out in my mind happened over forty years ago. Jon and I were studying at L’Abri in Switzerland with Dr. Francis Schaeffer. Jon was a recent seminary graduate and was delving into some lingering theological issues from his studies. I was along for the ride. The setting was a small village on the side of a mountain in the Alps. The view out our window was like a scene from a Christmas card. I felt like we were living a winter wonderland. As a Louisiana girl, I had never even imagined so much snow.

As the new year approached, we gathered with friends near a roaring stone fireplace. When midnight came, there were no fireworks. But from across the mountains in villages both large and small, the church bells began to peel out. The lovely sounds echoed across the mountain and back over and over and were magnified again and again. I had never before or since heard such lovely sounds. It sounded like a heavenly anthem and brought to mind the angels proclaiming the good news of Christ’s birth to shepherds on the hillside that first Christmas.

We can’t know what 2015 will bring. A joy for us is that we expect to have a new grandson in the year ahead. There will be other joys and sorrows, too. I am reminded of a Gaither hymn that has these words, “I don’t know about the future. I don’t seem to understand. But I know who holds the future, and I know who holds my hand.”

My our Lord Jesus hold your hand in 2015! Happy New Year!

Happy and Blessed New Year to All!


1. The Bible will still have all the answers.
2. Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost.

Christmas Services

Sunday, December 21
9:45 am
Christmas Worship Service

Wednesday, December 24
5 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service

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819 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA

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Service: 10 am
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