On July 30, 1868, three women and eight men gathered together to found First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, following two weeks of revival services in the then-2,000-person village.
The revival was hosted by Baptist preacher and evangelist Spurgeon Harris, who had been called in by one of the men, W.L. Williams, after he and his wife moved to Dallas and discovered that the village did not have a Baptist church.
The revival services, which took place at the Masonic Lodge, united the few Baptists in town and resulted in the founding of the First Baptist with a prayer “pleading for God’s sustaining grace in the life of the church and that its people might stand for truth and righteousness … and be a light to a lost world until Jesus would come.”
Under the leadership of legendary pastors and teachers like George W. Truett and W.A. Criswell, First Baptist Dallas grew to become an anchor in the Christian community, a church known for a firm foundation built on the Bible.
Today, under the leadership of Dr. Robert Jeffress, First Baptist Dallas continues to reach their city, the nation, and the world for Christ. And the prayer offered at its founding has become the church’s heartbeat today.
Furthermore, the radio and television broadcasts of Jeffress’ Pathway to Victory have enabled First Baptist Dallas to preach God’s Word with accuracy and conviction all over the world.
“After 150 years, most churches have either died or are in the process of dying,” noted Jeffress. “But through the power of God, First Dallas is 150 years old and still growing.”
On Sunday, July 29, the church will celebrate 150 years of ministry and proclaiming God’s Word from the heart of downtown Dallas.
Jeffress is encouraging people everywhere to join in the celebration by either visiting the downtown Dallas campus, or by visiting First Baptist Dallas’ iCampus, which will stream the festivities online.
Every family that attends onsite will receive a special 150th anniversary commemorative Bible and a copy of Tales of First Baptist Dallas. In addition, each child will receive a copy of The Promise, a children’s book about the history of First Baptist Dallas.
Joining the congregation in worship will be Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
To learn more about First Baptist Dallas’ ministry efforts and its history, visit www.firstdallas150.org.
By NRB Staff
Published: July 19, 2018