We believe every Christ follower needs to be part of a local body of believers, and this is a high priority for us at First Baptist. Being a Christ follower means being joined to a church. Scripture instructs us to assemble regularly so that we can rejoice in our common hope and encourage one another. (Heb. 10:23-25)
Church membership is not simply a record of a box we once checked. It’s not feeling good about being in a Church some Sundays. It should be a reflection of a commitment we make. When we make a commitment to the Church, you are identifying with the Pastors and fellow members in gathering, giving, prayer and service.
Step 1: Salvation
The first step in becoming a member of the Church is first making sure you have your relationship in step with Jesus Christ. Christ is the head of the church (Colossians 1:18) and obedience to Him is every members first priority. We encourage you if you have never surrendered your life to Jesus to contact a pastor by clicking here. We would love to share with you about who Christ is and what He has done on your behalf.
STEP 2: (one of the following must apply)
- BAPTISM BY IMMERSION:
For persons who have been saved by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and desire to obey Christ by being scripturally baptized by immersion.
- LETTER FROM ANOTHER BAPTIST CHURCH:
For persons who are saved, have been baptized by immersion after salvation, and are members in good standing of another Baptist church which will transfer them by letter to FBCL (we will handle transfer of the letter).
- STATEMENT OF FAITH:
For persons who are saved and have been baptized by immersion after salvation but are not members of another Baptist church.
STEP 3: Complete the New Members class
Our Membership Class is a 3 week course to help you understand who we are as a church, what we believe, and how we operate. First Baptist is very active in the community in and through its ministries and we would love to give you a virtual tour of our campus so you can discover the many ways you can be involved in what God is doing. If you would like to sign up for our next class please call and ask for Jennifer McNair. 352-787-1005.
STEP 4: Become an active participant in the Body