Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Having been brought as we trust, by Divine Grace, to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ, we do now solemnly and joyfully covenant with each other to walk together in Him with brotherly love to His glory as our common Lord. We do, therefore, in his strength engage,
That we will exercise mutual care, as members one of another, to promote the growth of the whole body in Christian knowledge, holiness and comfort in all the will of God.
That we cheerfully contribute of our property to the support of the poor of the church, and for the maintenance of a faithful ministry of the gospel among us.
That we will not omit closet and family religion at home, nor allow ourselves to permit too common neglect of the great duty of religiously training our children and those under our care, with a view of the service of Christ and the enjoyment of Heaven.
That we will walk circumspectly in the world, that we may win souls, remembering that God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
That we will frequently exhort, and if occasion require, admonish one another (according to Matthew xviii chap.) in the spirit of meekness, considering ourselves lest we also be tempted; and
That, as we have been buried with Christ in baptism and raised again, there is henceforth on us a special obligation to walk in newness of life;
And the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the flock, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make us perfect in every good work, working in us that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I'll preach the second message in the, O How He Loves You and Me, series this week. We'll explore Christian friendship. Paul Wadell of St. Norbert College said, "Friends do not give up on one another." Tracy Lawrence said the same thing with a little twang. Enjoy!
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.