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The President of the United States has requested that all citizens refrain from any group gatherings for the next two weeks.  We, at First Baptist Church, will honor this request.  All services, studies, and activities will be cancelled for the next two weeks. Our offices will remain open throughout the week and our pastor will be available for ministry needs.  Please read the article below that our pastor posted last week on this pandemic and the church.  We will update on future plans, so please come back for those updates. 

 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Phil. 4:6-9

A Letter from Pastor Heath

To My Fellow Believers in Jesus Christ,

I want to share my thoughts with you on this virus that seems to not only be panicking the general public, but also causing some division in the body of Christ. Some churches are choosing to cancel Sunday services while others are remaining open. Those that are closing are being criticized online by some as faithless. Some Christians are calling for churches to stand in defiance of this virus because we need to show a panicked world what it means to truly believe in God. Our faith is not proven by simply attending a church service. Our faith is shown in how we live our lives throughout the entire week. The church is not a building that we meet in each week. The church is the people. We are the church every day of the week. We are the church everywhere we go. Faith is proven by the sanctification of each believer by the Holy Spirit and His fruit in their lives. Faith is proven through a life that is conforming to Jesus and showing Him every day to those with whom we come in contact. Here are some points to consider during this pandemic:

1. Faith:
Faith in Jesus Christ does not stop the believer from getting sick. Many faithful believers get the flu and other viruses every year. Many faithful believers get diseases every year. Many faithful believers die each year. The false teachers who teach that if a believer has enough faith, they can have power to overcome sickness is simply not true. The gospel does not make us immune to viruses and diseases. The gospel is about the cleansing of our souls from sin that separates us from a Holy God. Faith is not about the physical body, but about the soul. As the old hymn states… “When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll, Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul! Faith in Christ is not about remaining physically healthy. It pertains to our souls being secure in Christ. Whatever may happen to us, including viruses or diseases, it is always well with our souls.

2. Government:
Government leaders have called for public gatherings to be suspended in some areas while other government leaders are simply requesting people not to gather together. As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called to respect, obey, submit, and pray for our leaders, for this is the will of God.

1 Peter
Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. 17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

We do not bring a good light on the church if we stand in defiance of our governmental leaders. If their commands are not against Scripture and our submitting to their commands does not require us to go against God’s commands, we are required to submit as good citizens. This is the will of God. But if we, in the name of faith, defy such orders/requests from our leaders just to prove how faithful we are, we are not honoring God.

Romans 13
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.

Again, obeying our leaders is what faithful believers do. If our leaders require us to go against the Word of God, we stand in defiance and are willing to pay whatever price. However, canceling services on a few Sundays is not defying God’s Word. Again, we are the church every day of the week, not only on Sunday mornings.

3. Coronavirus:
The Coronavirus is not evil in and of itself. The virus is not a spiritual attack on the church or God’s people. Bible verses that point out that God will protect us from evil is not referencing the Coronavirus or any virus. I have seen many Bible verses posted online about God protecting us from the evil of the Coronavirus. One in particular I have seen posted is Psalm 23.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Context is everything when understanding Scripture. “Evil” here is the demonic — Satan himself. “Evil” is not referencing viruses and diseases. Again, our faith in Jesus Christ does not mean we will not suffer in this life. Faith is not about being free from suffering, but how our faith is shown in suffering. We are called to be wise as serpents in this life, but gentle as doves. Why are some believers criticizing other believers for taking common sense measures during a virus outbreak that has the potential of killing many people? Criticizing other believers online in front of the entire unbelieving world harms the reputation of the Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ far more than canceling a few services on a Sunday morning. The Coronavirus is not an evil we can fight with faith. We can deal with it through faith, but we can not overcome it by faith. The Coronavirus can be dealt with in common sense ways such as not unintentionally spreading it though gatherings of large groups of people.

4. Serve one another, not Criticizing:
Instead of criticizing fellow believers and questioning their faithfulness to Jesus Christ, why don’t we seek to encourage and serve one another? Serving others, especially unbelievers who are fearful, during this pandemic would show our faith in Christ much stronger than standing in defiance of a virus at a Sunday morning service. Call your friends…your neighbors… see what they need. Offer prayer and comfort to those in fear. Share the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Again, we are the church 24/7. Let us use this time to outreach to those who are in need. Let us come together in the love of our Lord without criticizing others for not doing what you think they should.

5. Closing Thoughts:
Finally, this is an opportunity to show an unbelieving world what being a disciple of Jesus Christ is all about. It is not about putting our fellow believers in harms way unnecessarily or putting the general public in harms way by unintentionally spreading this virus. It is a time to show that faith is not about God making us healthy, wealthy, and having your best life now. It is about walking through the valley of the shadow of death and not fearing death. For us, to be absent from the body is to be present with our Lord. Believers in Jesus Christ do not fear death, but at the same time we should not be seeking death. We are called to live for Jesus Christ. There are times we are called to make a stand in this world for God, a stand that could require the loss of all things or even death itself, but I do not believe that it is through this pandemic.

This pandemic is an opportunity to serve others. We can share the truth and hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We can show the unbelieving world that we are concerned with the health and safety of the general public. We should not put anyone at risk just to prove how faithful or better we are than someone else. Let’s remain humble before one another. Go to a church service if you feel so convicted. Stay home if you feel so convicted. Cancel a church service or don’t cancel a church service. Whatever God leads you to do, do with all your heart and soul unto Him. But let us stop criticizing one another. Let each one of us esteem the other better than ourselves. Let us take every opportunity, to serve our Lord and others during this pandemic.

In the Love of Jesus Christ,

Pastor Heath
First Baptist Church of Redding

While we’ve been in the city of Redding for over 120 years, the primary goal of Redding First Baptist Church has always been the same–to bring glory to God. We continue to build upon the foundation that was laid two thousand years ago when Jesus Christ offered His life on the cross so that the world could be reunited with God. Because of His amazing gift, we are spurred on to:
  • Learn what it means to walk with Christ and encourage each other in that walk
  • Praise the God who created the world and all that is in it
  • Share the good news- – That Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life!
  • Study God’s Word so that we may grow in His truth
  • Pray without ceasing
  • Love the Lord God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves.
We welcome all within our doors who are looking for answers in a world that boldly proclaims that there are no absolutes and truth is relative. Our desire is to help you find Truth to the questions you’ve been pondering: Why am I here? Is there a God? Does He see me? Aren’t all religions the same? Does God have a purpose for me? What is faith? How can I walk in faith? What’s the difference between “going to church” and seeking a relationship with God? What must I do to be saved?
Whether you’re just beginning your discovery of who God is or you’ve been walking as a disciple of Jesus Christ for years, feel free to drop by and worship with us. You’re always welcome!
Sunday Service Times are:
9:00 Contemporary Service
10:45 Traditional Service
Click here for more information about Sunday Services.

Stay Connected

Jesus told His disciples to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of Redding First Baptist Church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community and spreads overseas to every nation. Our members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as shaking a visitor’s hand on Sunday morning to singing in the choir. It’s in serving and outreaching to each other that we inevitably make life-long connections with others in the body of Christ.

Mission Outreach

FBC is thrilled to be part of the spread of God’s kingdom around the world. We are active in supporting missionaries with our money and with our prayers. We encourage all of our people to respond to God’s call for laborers, whether it means that they move to a foreign country or live and minister in our own community.

Music & Drama

God-honoring worship is something we strive for. Many church members get involved in our music and drama ministry. Some play their instruments. Some are vocalists. Others are involved in the choir. Still others get involved in drama. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of First Baptist, using their talents and gifts to glorify God.


The usher team fills an important role. They are involved in directing attendees to their seats, ensuring the safety of the building during services, guiding traffic, helping visitors, answering questions, providing direction, unlocking doors, locking doors, and generally ensuring that the service can proceed problem-free. The usher team is a servant-hearted group of men and women whose ministry is integral to church life.

Media & Technology

Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege. In an age of widespread technology, we have a stewardship to use these tools as best as possible for God’s glory. All of our weekly sermons are uploaded to our website in audio formats.

Prayer Warriors

Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer moves the hand of God. We are a body of believers dependent upon prayer and committed to God’s sovereignty. Each Sunday, during the morning service, a team of volunteers is praying for the ministry of the Word. Throughout the week, volunteers to our Prayer Warriors team pray for their pastor, a list of church members, any special requests, missionary prayer needs, and the persecuted church.

Children’s Church

In order to give our children the best Bible teaching possible, we hold a children’s church service in conjunction with the main service. This special time gives kids more opportunity for interaction and learning in a context and manner that may be better suited to their age and learning styles. Our friendly children’s church volunteers have an endless stream of creativity–ranging from singing, to games, to object lessons.


There are several ways to connect to our FBC Family, so jump on in! We’d like to get to know you!



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Audio Sermons

Redding First Baptist Church is eager to provide links to our weekly sermons. We publish each sermon so that you can listen to it at your convenience. You can browse through the Sermons page to keep up with the teaching ministry. Feel free to share with family and friends.




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Where are we located?
1959 Eureka Way
Redding, CA 96001
How can we be contacted?
(530) 243-5356

What are our Sunday service times?


9:00 am Contemporary Service in the Chapel

10:45 am Traditional Service in the Main Sanctuary
Adult Sunday School:
9:30 am Praiser’s Class in the Children’s Hall
9:30 am Joyful Seeker’s Class in the Fireside Room
9:30 am Prayer Group meets in the Library
For Children:
9:00 am  Sunday School with Miss Ruth                       5 years – 5th grade
9:00 am  Nursery with Miss Ashley                                Newborn – 4 years
10:45 am Nursery with Miss Claire                                   Newborn – 2 years
10:45 am FBC Junior Church with Ryan & Sharon         3 years – 5 years
10:45 am FBC Kids Church with Miss Wendee                6 years – 5th grade
Youth 6th-12th Grade
10:45 am Bible Study upstairs in the youth room (on hiatus)
Anything else going on throughout the week?
Monday Night–6:00 pm-Women in the Word with Wendee Ulmer in the gym
Tuesday Night–6:30 pm-Man Church Bible Study in the Man Cave with Gordon Phillips
Wednesday Night– 6:00 pm- Treehouse Kids Club 
7:00Choir Practice
Thursday Night — 7:00 pm The Gathering Question/Answer Study meets in The Chapel
2nd Thursday Night of the Month — 6:00-7:00 pm — Prayer Meeting
How Can I Know Jesus?
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Question: “How can I be saved?”

Answer: This simple, yet profound, question is the most important question that can be asked. “How can I be saved?” deals with where we will spend eternity after our lives in this world are over. There is no more important issue than our eternal destiny. Thankfully, the Bible is abundantly clear on how a person can be saved. The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Paul and Silas responded, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

Why do I need to be saved?
We are all infected with sin (Romans 3:23). We are born with sin (Psalm 51:5), and we all personally choose to sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:8). Sin is what makes us unsaved. Sin is what separates us from God. Sin is what has us on the path to eternal destruction.

Saved from what?
Because of our sin, we all deserve death (Romans 6:23). While the physical consequence of sin is physical death, that is not the only kind of death that results from sin. All sin is ultimately committed against an eternal and infinite God (Psalm 51:4). Because of that, the just penalty for our sin is also eternal and infinite. What we need to be saved from is eternal destruction (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15).

How did God provide salvation?
Because the just penalty for sin is infinite and eternal, only God could pay the penalty, because only He is infinite and eternal. But God, in His divine nature, could not die. So God became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. God took on human flesh, lived among us, and taught us. When the people rejected Him and His message, and sought to kill Him, He willingly sacrificed Himself for us, allowing Himself to be crucified (John 10:15). Because Jesus Christ was human, He could die; and because Jesus Christ was God, His death had an eternal and infinite value. Jesus’ death on the cross was the perfect and complete payment for our sin (1 John 2:2). He took the consequences we deserved. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead demonstrated that His death was indeed the perfectly sufficient sacrifice for sin.

What do I need to do?
Acts 3:19 says, “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” Repent means to turn from your old life and old ways of sin and instead, turn towards God. Tell Him you are sorry for the wrongs you have done and choose to give your life over to Him.
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). God has already done all of the work for you to be saved when His Son, Jesus, died on the cross and took your sins upon Himself. All you must do is receive, in faith, the salvation God offers (Ephesians 2:8-9). Fully trust in Jesus alone as the payment for your sins. Believe in Him, and you will not perish (John 3:16). God is offering you salvation as a gift. All you have to do is accept it. Jesus is the way of salvation (John 14:6).
If you have any questions about making the decision to follow Jesus or you would like someone to pray with you about this, please contact Pastor Heath Ulmer through First Baptist Church (530) 243-5356. If you are in the Redding, CA, area and have more questions, visit us on Sunday morning or stop by Monday-Thursday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
What’s Happening at FBC?
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Women in the Word will begin Kay Arthur’s
“Book of Mark:
Experiencing the Miracles of Jesus”
on Monday nights starting Feb. 24th.
Meets in the gym at 6:00 pm.
Sign up in foyer. Cost of book is $7.00.
Bring your Bible, study book, notebook, and a pencil/pen.
Men’s Bible Study
“The Tender Warrior: The Life of David”
Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm in the Man Cave
Please sign up in the foyer.
Contact Gordon for more details or call 530-243-5356
 Treehouse Kids Club
Monsters in Space!
Every Wednesday @ 6:00 pm
Come early for registration.
Dinner for $2.00/person donation available at 5:30pm
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Coffee for 3
Sign up in
the Foyer


Office Hours: Monday-Thursday from 9am to 4pm.

Church Location & Address: 1959 Eureka Way Redding, CA 96001 (map)

Telephone & Fax: Tel: (530) 243-5356 | Fax: (530) 243-5356

Email: contact@reddingfbc.net


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