Friday, February 04, 2011
First Steps @ First Baptist Church
Thank you for taking part in First Steps at FBC Waco. We are glad that you are here. We are praying that you experience God’s best during this season of transition in your spiritual life. For the next four weeks we will talk about issues that are important to you. First Steps is designed for you so please feel free to take charge of the direction.
“The basis for our doctrine is the Bible – God’s Holy Word. We consider the Bible to be God’s uniquely inspired revelation of Himself and we turn to it as the authoritative source of our beliefs and practice. Every believer has the responsibility and privilege of interpreting God’s Word in light of God’s ultimate revelation of Himself, Jesus Christ, as the Holy Spirit guides.”
“There is room for variety of interpretation, but our beliefs are best summarized by the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message, a confession of faith adopted May 9, 1963.”
FBC Waco believes in a regenerate church membership. Let’s pause and review the ’63 BF&M section on salvation (p.7).
Article II Membership (FBC Waco Bylaws Revised 2008)
Section 1. Members The Members of FBC shall be those persons whose names are on the membership roll kept by the Church Clerk as of the date these revised Bylaws are adopted and all applicants for membership who, upon a majority vote of Members present at any annual, regular, or special meeting of the Members, are subsequently received as members in one of the following ways:
(a) by profession of faith in Jesus Christ and believer’s baptism;
(b) by transfer of membership from another Baptist church;
(c) by believer’s baptism; or
(d) by statement of faith and prior experience of believer’s baptism.
Section 2. Watchcare. A person who has already made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ, but is undecided about believer’s baptism, or who wishes to maintain membership in another church, may affiliate with FBC by watchcare. A person who affiliates by watchcare by watchcare shall not be considered a voting member of FBC unless such person later is received for membership under Section 1 of this Article.