Sunday services are where we gather to meet with God in worship and seek to learn more of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Worship is central to our Christian faith and God created us with the undeniable need to be connected with Him and one another. At Bradfordville, we believe that being a member of a local church is one of the best and most important ways to experience God’s gift of life in Jesus. As a result, we pray together, we read scripture together, we meet regularly, and we truly touch one another’s lives.
Our church welcomes new members by the following ways:
Transfer of Letter
If you have been an active member of another Baptist church and wish to unite with us, we send a letter to the former church so that they will know that you are choosing to worship and serve at Bradfordville. Sometimes when leaving a church there are unresolved issues that should be addressed. We suggest a meeting with one of our pastoral staff team to assist you in beginning this new journey.
Statement of Faith
If you have been a member of a Baptist church previously, have experienced believer’s baptism, and have been attending a church of another denomination or tradition, and wish to join BFBC, we would accept you by your statement of faith. If you would like us to contact your previous church, we would send them a letter to inform them of your desire to participate in our church life.
Profession of Faith
If you have become a Christian, you will want to follow Christ’s mandate to join with other believers in worship, fellowship, discipleship, serving, and telling others about God’s love. Trusting your life to Christ is the most important decision a person can make. We are available to spend time with you to affirm your decision and help you with next steps as you grow as a follower of Christ. Soon after making your decision you will want to experience believer’s baptism.
If you desire affiliation with our church but will only be in our area for a short time or have strong ties with a home church or choose not to be baptized in our tradition, you can join as an associate member. The only restriction is that you would not be able to cast a vote when our church meets in conference.
What is believer’s baptism?
We believe baptism needs to be connected with belief. In other words, we want a person to understand the significance and symbolism of this ordinance. Every mention of baptism in the New Testament uses a Greek word that means to “immerse” or “dip under” – a form that best expresses the symbolism of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. It also signifies that a person has repented of past sins, accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, and begun a new life with Christ.
If I was baptized by a different method, is my baptism not valid?
If you were baptized as an infant, you can see the difference in the description above. A baby obviously would not understand baptism in any form. If your baptism was by sprinkling or pouring at a time in your life when you consciously decided to follow Jesus, we would certainly not suggest that your baptismal experience did not count or was not meaningful. Every denomination has certain traditions that hold great significance. Baptists hold that Jesus ordained two special events that touch both individual and community – baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Communion). In obedience to Scripture, we seek to follow both form and function. Another way to look at it: when a couple gets married, they become a member of a new family. They experience their traditions and willingly take part in special events and occasions that are particularly meaningful to that new family. That does not mean that one’s own traditions ceased to have worth. By choosing to unite with a new church family, you are also choosing to participate in meaningful expressions of faith and life.
Do I have to walk down the aisle to join the church?
It can be intimidating to stand before hundreds of people. When such an important decision is made, our emotions can be involved. Why do we ask people to come to the front at the end of one of our services? Once again, we are following a precedent in the Bible. When Jesus called people, He most often called them publicly. For the church family, it is exciting and encouraging when people come forward. It helps us introduce new members to the larger congregation to begin the process of connecting with each other.
Do I have to attend a new members class before I can join?
Currently, we do not require participation in our First Step Newcomers Class, but we do strongly advise it. Something this important needs careful consideration and access to pertinent information. Our format is to offer a one time seminar quarterly on a Sunday afternoon from 4:00-6:30. A light dinner is provided. Led by the senior pastor, these sessions cover who we are, what we believe, how we function, as well as opportunities for connection and involvement. For more information, please contact the church office at 893-0893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to meet with a church leader before I join?
We do not require prior meetings but are certainly open to it. If you would like to schedule an appointment with the pastor or other staff member in our office or in your home, please contact us!