Becoming a Member
We believe that church membership is an integral part of discipleship. Christians are to be actively involved in a local church under the accountability of a loving fellowship of believers. Those interested in joining the church are encouraged to come to the front of the sanctuary at the conclusion of the worship service to speak to a helpful Decision Friend. Alternatively, the pastor or another minister is available in the office Mondays from 1-5 for the express purpose of discussing spiritual matters with interested persons.
Membership involves three main steps:
To become a member of Henderson’s First Baptist Church you must receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This is a decision that is made in response to God’s gracious love and the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit upon your heart. You believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, that He was buried, and on the third day, He arose. You turn from your sinful lifestyle and embrace Jesus Christ as Lord over every aspect of your life.
After receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you are baptized by immersion as taught in the New Testament. This is the first step of obedience by the new Christian and beautifully portrays death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism is also the Christian’s public profession of faith in Christ where the Christian unashamedly demonstrates allegiance to Christ before the assembled body of believers.
If already a Christian and baptized by immersion, a Christian may join from a church of similar faith and practice. Most Southern Baptist Churches are of similar faith and practice as that of Henderson’s First Baptist Church and will send a letter confirming membership. Members may also join from other denominations and backgrounds so long as they have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and have been baptized by immersion as taught in the New Testament.
Members are required to attend a New-Member Orientation Class where they will learn about the mission and ministry of the church and their part in keeping the church covenant.
(Adopted unanimously July 13, 2011)
Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and peace; to promote its spirituality and fruitfulness; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior throughout the world.
We also engage to maintain family and personal devotions; to educate our children in the Christian faith; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to seek God’s help in abstaining from all drugs, food, drink, and practices which bring harm to the body or jeopardize our own or another’s faith.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church of like faith and doctrine where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.