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If you want to follow Christ: Believe

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Believe what, you ask?

  • Believe that you are not perfect:
    Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God’s glory. (Rom 3:23)
  • Believe that without Christ you will die with no hope.
    For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
  • Believe that you cannot work your way into heaven, He did it for you:
    But God demonstrates His love towards us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
  • Believe that He is the only way, that He loves you and that He is alive:
    Say with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then you will be saved. With your heart you believe and are made right with God. With your mouth you say what you believe. And so are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)

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We are excited that you are interested in baptism. Baptism is an important step of obedience for every person who has believed and acknowledged Christ as his or her Savior.

 

Who Should Be Baptized?

 

The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his or her sin.

 

If you have acknowledged Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized. Just like a bride and groom show others their love for one another by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is your opportunity to show others that you have accepted Christ and are now walking with Him.

 

What Baptism Symbolizes

 

Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Baptism represents that you:
1) Accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
2) Share in His death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (into your new life).
3) Are symbolically washed clean, and your sins were forgiven by His death on the cross.

 

Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God. We immerse you in water at FBC Castroville because Scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in Him.

 

Whenever you are ready to take this next step just come forward towards the end of a Sunday service or if at any point you have questions, you can contact the church office. We consider it a privilege to walk with you as you take this next step on your spiritual journey.

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Join this church

After accepting Christ as your Savior the Bible tells us to associate ourselves with a local church (Hebrews 10:24-25). A Baptist church is a local assembly of baptized believers who have joined together to carry out Christ’s work on earth. When one becomes a church member he is making a covenant with the other members of the church to do his best with God’s help to live a Christian life and to cooperate with them to do the church’s work.
Towards the end of each worship service, the pastor asks persons who want to make decisions to come forward. He stands at the front of the church to receive those who make decisions.
When a person who wants to become a member comes forward, the pastor has them share their decision with him. He usually talks with them about it. This gives the person an opportunity to clarify the decision and gives the pastor a chance to answer any questions they may have. Information about the person is recorded for our church records, including the kind of decision they are making.
At the close of the invitation the pastor usually asks them to stand at the front of the church. He will announce their name and ask the congregation to come welcome them after the service.

Three ways to become a member

First:

You may unite by profession of faith and become a candidate for baptism. This means that you have trusted Jesus as Savior, are now declaring yourself openly as a believer and are asking for membership in our church. Baptism is immersing you in water, it does not save you, however, Jesus told his followers to be baptized. It symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It is also a pictorial testimony of what has already taken place in the Christian life—death to your old life, its burial, and your resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. After baptism and attending a new member orientation class, you become a member of our church.

Second:

A person may unite “by letter.” This means that you are already a member of another Baptist church of like faith and order. When you request membership this way, the church clerk writes the church where you are a member and requests a letter of recommendation. After attending a new member orientation class, you become a member of our church.

Third:

You may unite by a statement of faith. Maybe you were once a Baptist but now are not a part of another Baptist church fellowship. Perhaps the church where you joined is now disbanded. Maybe you have joined a church of another denomination in the past. Our church will accept your statement as long as you have been baptized by immersion or are willing to be, are a professing believer (this means that you have trusted Jesus as Savior, are now declaring yourself openly as a believer) and attend the new member orientation class.
If none of these ways describes your particular situation, and you wish to discuss your own needs with someone, ask the pastor to counsel with you privately. He is ready to talk with you and to help you understand how you may unite with our church.

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Grow in the Lord

There are many ways for you to learn more about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and to grow in the Lord at FBCC.
You are invited to any and all of our get-togethers.
Our biggest gathering is on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and again at 11:15
a.m.
We have Small Groups (also called Sunday School) on Sunday mornings at 10:05. There are groups for adults, teens and children. The children’s classes are in the same building as the Sanctuary, the adult classes are in the Education Center and the youth meet in the youth house (the old chapel).
During the week we have Ladies Bible Studies on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., the men meet on Thursday at Sammy’s restaurant for “The Morning Word” at 7:00 a.m., the youth meet on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the youth house and the adults meet Wednesday’s in the Sanctuary for a more relaxed Bible study with the pastor.
You do not need to register or sign up for classes at FBCC (for the most part) just come on in!
You can also go check out our calendar of events.

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Serve Others

Whether you’re good with numbers, words, music, technology, or people, God wants to use your gifts and skills to make a difference in our church, our community and in our world. There are lots of opportunities to serve at FBCC. One of the ways to meet people, develop relationships, and grow as a follower of Christ is to serve along side your brothers and sisters in the local church.
We have a Food Truck that comes once a month and we hand out food to those who may need a helping hand.  Tina, our missions minister is working on getting a food and clothes pantry where we can help others even more.
For most of our projects we will have sign up sheets out in the corridor leading to the Sanctuary, feel free to sign up.
We also have what we call the talent and interest survey and it’s something we use to help get you plugged in at our church. The surveys are kept in the welcome center and we would like to encourage you to fill one out and either give it to the person in the booth or just place it in the basket as it passes by during the church service. If you don’t hear from us and would really like to serve, don’t ever hesitate to call the office and set a time to come in and talk about where God would have you help.