God is bigger and better and closer than we can imagine.
The Bible is God's perfect guidebook for living.
Jesus is God showing Himself to us.
Through His Holy Spirit, God lives in and through us now.
Nothing in creation "just happened." God made it all.
Grace is the only way to have a relationship with God.
Faith is the only way to grow in our relationship with God.
God has allowed evil to provide us with a choice, God can bring good even out of evil events and God promises victory over evil to those who choose Him.
Heaven and hell are real places. Death is a beginning, not the end.
The church is to serve people like Jesus served people.
Jesus is coming soon.
For a more complete statement, of what we believe, including Bible verses, see the Baptist Faith and Message.
HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN...
Realize that we are all sinners and cannot save ourselves.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
Understand that the penalty for sin is eternal death in Hell.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
Know that God loves us so much that He gave His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins.
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
Believe in God's plan of forgiveness and the promise of eternal life through Jesus.
"That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
Accept His promise by repenting of sin and asking Jesus to be the Lord of your life.
"For whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:13
BECOMING A MEMBER
While it is not necessary to become a member of First Baptist to attend our services and participate in our ministries and programs, we invite you to consider church membership as an important way of identifying with our fellowship and of joining us in our mission of leading people to a love relationship with Jesus Christ. To be a member of FBC Greenwood, first trust Jesus as Lord and Savior, be biblically baptized by immersion, and affirm the Baptist Faith and Message.
PROFESSION OF FAITH AND BAPTISM
The first step to becoming a member is for you to be a Christian. If you have not already made that decision our ministers or members are always available to answer questions and guide you in how to become a Christian. Once you have become a Christian by accepting Christ as your Savior you will want to be baptized by immersion as a symbol of your new life. Following your profession of faith in Christ and baptism by immersion you will be welcomed as a member of First Baptist Church.
If you are coming from a Non-Southern Baptist Church and have not been baptized by immersion we would ask for the privilege of baptizing you before you became a member.
If you are already a Christian who has been baptized by immersion and are a member of another Southern Baptist Church you may simply request a transfer of membership from that church to First Baptist Church.
If you have been a member of another Southern Baptist Church but no longer have active membership or your membership records are not available you may join First Baptist Church upon your statement that you are a Christian and have been baptized by immersion in another Southern Baptist Church. We will also welcome you as a member upon your statement that you are a Christian who has been baptized by immersion in a church of another denomination whose beliefs about baptism and salvation are like those of First Baptist Church.