Fredericktown First Baptist Church!
As followers of Jesus
Christ at First Baptist Church of Fredericktown:
We believe that Jesus
Christ is the Son of God and the only way to our salvation.
We believe that the
Bible is God's Holy Word, and is the foundation for our lives
We celebrate our love
of God through dynamic worship, striving for excellence in preaching,
music, and prayer.
We are a loving, caring
church family that brings together several generations of believers.
We continue our tradition
of nurturing the youth of our community.
We demonstrate our faith
visibly through our daily lives, through caring ministries in
our community, and through our support of national and international
First Baptist Church
is a congregation of the American Baptist Churches, USA. American
Baptists are committed to celebrative worship, evangelism as
a lifestyle, the Bible as the center of faith and life, racial
inclusiveness, religious liberty, social justice, democratic
church government, and the ordinances of believer's baptism by
immersion and the Lord's Supper. First Baptist Church is one
of 5800 American Baptist Churches. American Baptist Churches,
U.S.A., is one of about 25 Baptist groups in the United States.
American Baptists rank fourth in size among these Baptist groups.
Visit the American Baptist
Churches website at www.abc-usa.org
or American Baptist Churches of Ohio at www.abc-ohio.org
Fredericktown FBC also
involves itself in local missions through support of Interchurch
and Church World Service projects, and supports world missions
through the Board of National Ministries and the Board of International
Ministries, by partaking in events such as Turn the Tide and
Operation Christmas Child
Being a member of a
Christian fellowship can be an exciting and life-enriching experience.
If you do not belong to a church or if God is leading you to
join with us, we invite you to become a member of First Baptist
Church. You may join the church in any one of the following ways:
TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
BAPTISM - Upon profession of a personal faith in Jesus Christ,
you may join by immersion baptism. The term translated "baptize"
in the New Testament means "to dip, plunge". Immersion
pictures our death to the old life and our rising to new life
in Christ (Romans 6:3-4). One of the great joys we experience
as a church comes in seeing people baptized. Baptisms are conducted
during regular morning worship services.
LETTER - You may transfer
your membership to us from a church of like faith and practice.
A letter is sent to our church from your present church stating
that you are a member of that congregation and that they commend
you to our fellowship. Joining by letter assumes that you have
been baptized by immersion.
- Join by experience if you were once a member of a Christian
congregation but for some reason your membership was discontinued
or records are no longer available.
At the close of each
worship service, the congregation sings a Hymn of Invitation
If you are interested in becoming a member of First Baptist Church,
Please come forward during the singing of this hymn. You will
be welcomed by the Pastor and a Decon. A service of believers'
baptism will be scheduled, if that is required.
Communion (the Lord's
Supper) is observed on the first Sunday of each month. On the
first Communion Sunday following your joining the church, you
will receive the Hand of Fellowship. During the Hand of Fellowship
the Pastor extends a formal welcome to you on behalf of the congregation,
and presents you with a Certificate of Church Membership.
The Church Covenant
is the basis for membership in our church. Members voluntarily
enter into covenant with God and one another, thus assuming the
obligations and privileges of church membership.
Having been led by the
Spirit of God to profess our faith in Jesus Christ and having
been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy
Spirit, we do now with dedication and joy, affirm our covenant
with God and with each other, as one body in Christ, and make
the following commitments:
To seek to be obedient
to Christ in our daily living, within our homes, in our labor
and while at leisure.
To participate regularly
in the worship and work of our church.
To give cheerfully and
faithfully to Gods glory and the ministry of His church.
To be faithful in personal
and family devotions, recognizing that we need Gods help
to live our lives.
To teach our children
the truths of the Christian faith.
To pray for and witness
to the unsaved and those in need.
Believing that our bodies
are temples of the Holy Spirit, we shall strive to avoid experiences
and habits which defile our bodies and hinder our witness.
We further commit ourselves
to watch over one another in Christian love.
To remember each other
To aid each other in
sickness and distress.
To be slow to take offense,
but always ready for reconciliation, mindful of the rules of
our Savior to secure it without delay.
Bound together in a
fellowship of faith with all who confess Jesus Christ as Lord
and Savior, we shall pray and labor for a spirit of unity among
By the aid of the Holy
Spirit, we commit ourselves to walk in Christian love as we serve