First Baptist Church was established in 1896 in Cottonwood, Calif., on the corner of Brush and High Street. By joining our church, you are joining a family of people, with a shared purpose and commitment. As collective followers of Jesus, we challenge one another, encourage another, and support one another as we pursue life with the Father. We believe that Jesus created his church for his enjoyment and as a vessel to carry out his redemptive work in this world.



The mission of First Baptist Church is simple and straightforward:


Following Jesus means practicing the way of Jesus. It means in the smallest, most insignificant moments of tomorrow, you choose following him over following something else. The more you trust him, the more you surrender. The more you believe that in him you will find life, the more you surrender. Your five-plan is his, your hobbies are his, your dreams for your children are his, every dollar you make is his. What breaks his heart begins to break yours, and what he came do do, you desire to finish.

We believe that following Jesus is a way of life, because the way of Jesus leads to life, and joy, and peace. We are seeking to follow Jesus with everything that we are, and everything that we have, and we invite others to do the same.


We believe that following Jesus has six action steps come about as we are changed. When Jesus gives us a new heart, we we are transformed and shaped and equipped 


What does it mean to believe? The reality is that God is revealing himself to you every single day, who he is, and why you should follow him. Throughout the Bible God keeps revealing himself, and calling out to his creation to do one thing. To believe him. Not to believe ourselves, not to believe our hearts, not to believe others, but to believe God’s words, that he is who he says he is.


While it’s easy to get going on the idea that there is something or someone amazing that we should believe in or trust because it’s going to affect our lives in this really positive way, it’s not nearly as easy to face the reality that a big part of the reason why we need to put our trust in something or someone else is because we have failed so miserably at it ourselves. If we truly, actually grasp the wrath of God and how seriously God expects us to take him, we will inevitably grieve all the times we have walked away, fought him, pushed him away, kept him at arm’s length. Grief that points us to our need for God will lead us to repent.