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Our Confession of faith
What we believe together is the most important thing about First Baptist Church. We affirm the historic creeds of the Church and cooperate with the Southern Baptist Convention for the sake of missions and theological training. We affirm the Baptist Faith and Message, 2000, as a faithful summary of the Bible’s teaching about God, Scripture, Man, Christ, Redemption, and the Church. Our common confession of these biblical truths unifies us as a local church and helps guard us from error. From the time of the Apostles to today, Christians have laid out doctrine (beliefs) in brief, definitive statements. As those who know God, we believe it necessary to set forth in a concise fashion the cornerstone truths of this church as guided by Scripture. All who join FBC are required to affirm our Confession of Faith. This statement registers our belief in historic Christianity, evangelical Christianity, believer’s baptism, and congregational polity. Once we as members agree to the statement, we are responsible for believing and living in accordance with it.
Our Membership Covenant
Second in importance to what we believe together as a church is how we live together as a local church. The Membership Covenant of FBC summarizes the biblical requirements of membership and, our commitment to God and one another as members of Christ’s Church. It forms the ethics, or the moral principles, of our worldview and holds out a biblical standard by which we live. Our affirmation of this agreement follows the practice of believers throughout the centuries who have pledged to God and one another to live out the gospel in community. We require all new members to affirm the Membership Covenant before joining the church. We also reaffirm our commitment to the covenant from time-to-time when we gather together. By featuring the covenant in our life together, we strive to protect ourselves from individual and corporate sin. Of equal importance, we spur one another on to live in light of a greater covenant, one initiated by love, sealed by sacrifice, and kept for eternity by our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Created, Called, and Commissioned
As those who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, we want to bring him glory. The main way we glorify God is through our life together as a church, manifesting the love of Jesus through our love for each other (John 13.35). We gather together every Lord’s Day to sing God’s truth, pray God’s will, hear God’s Word, and care for one another. And we serve side by side to see Jesus worshipped and recognized as the true King both here and to the ends of the earth.
To this end we joyfully recognize that we have been CREATED for the glory of God (Eph 1.11-14; 3.10, 20-21; Is 43.6-7; 1 Cor 10.31), CALLED to be holy (John 17.17; 1 Pet 1.14-16; 2.4-5, 9-12; 1 Cor 1.2; Rom 12.1-2), and COMMISSIONED to make disciples of Jesus Christ (Matt 28.18-20; John 17.17-18; 1 Tim 3.14-16; cf. Matt 16.13-20; 18.15-20).