How does First Baptist Church receive new members?
By profession of faith in Jesus Christ and your desire to be baptized by immersion.
By baptism by immersion if you have previously accepted Jesus but have not been immersed.
By transfer of your membership from another Baptist church.
By your statement of faith that you have accepted Jesus and have been baptized by immersion.
Why is formal membership important?
- It indicates a Christ-likeness. Jesus is committed to the church. Overwhelmingly, in the New Testament, when the word "church" is used, it is referring to the local church. So, those who were being saved were being included in the membership of the local church. Ephesians 5:25 says, "Christ loved the church, and gave His life for her." Being committed to a local church through membership pleases God and indicates a Christ-like spirit.
- It demonstrates a Biblical world view. Popular culture says to us, "Don't commit to anything- job, marriage, family, and even church." Church membership goes against this tide and says, for this time in my life, I am going to belong to this local body of Christ-followers.
- It promotes spiritual growth. Spiritual accountability is a recurring theme in the New Testament. Its purpose is to make us more like Christ. Such spiritual growth takes place best in the environment of a loving, local church.
What is the process for joining First Baptist Church?
- At the conclusion of the worship service, during the prayer time at the altar, you may come forward and speak with one of the pastors and indicate your desire to become a member, or....
- On the Welcome Card that is found in the pew rack in front of your seat, please check the box indicating your desire to join First Baptist and drop it in the offering plate as it is passed at the end of our service. One of our Pastors will then contact you for follow-up.