Members are more than just names in a database—they are the core of the church. Becoming a member formally identifies your agreement with the mission, values, and beliefs of Friendship Baptist Church.
Steps to Membership
- Membership Application: We want to hear your story and how you came to trust Christ as your Lord and Savior. Meet with our pastor or call 478.953.9509 for an appointment with us.
- Believers Baptism: Scripture calls for believers to be baptized. We follow the biblical model of baptism by immersion. If you have not previously been baptized by immersion, we’d like to schedule that with you. Please call the church office to schedule a Baptism Counseling appointment.
(Fill out the Baptism Application)
Discover Friendship: This class will answer the who, what, and why of Friendship. Each person considering membership is encouraged to attend this six-week class.
Baptism is a special time in the life of Friendship. It is a symbolic time for new believers to have an opportunity to publicly profess, through the act of baptism, what has happened to change their life. Water baptism symbolizes Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:14). Water baptism portrays your sins being forgiven and cleansed. Your sins are forgiven when you confess them (1 John 1:9) and are cleansed by Jesus’ shed blood (1 John 1:7).
If your children are interested in learning more about baptism, please contact the church office for a Baptism counseling appointment.
Questions About Baptism?
Please take some time to review the following information about baptism. If you have other questions about baptism please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Should I Be Baptized?
1. To follow the example set by Christ.
"At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan." (Mark 1:9)
2. Because Christ commanded it.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20)
3. It demonstrates I am a Believer.
"We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands." (1 John 2:3)
What Is The Meaning Of Baptism?
A. It illustrates Christ's death, burial and resurrection.
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures , that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day.." (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
"Having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead." (Colossians 2:12)
Why Be Baptized By Immersion?
1. Because Jesus was baptized that way.
"As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water." (Matthew 3:16 a)
"As Jesus was coming up out of the water..." (Mark 1:10)
2. Every Baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
"Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water..." (Act s 8:38-39)
3. The word "baptize" means "to dip or immerse."
4. It best symbolized a burial and resurrection.
"Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." (Roman s 6:3-4)
Who Should Be Baptized?
Every person who is a follower of Christ should be baptized. Followers realize their sin separates them from God. They conclude that Jesus Christ's death on the cross bridges the gap between them and God. Having decided to trust Christ alone for their salvation, they follow Christ in baptism as a symbol of their faith in Christ.
What About Children?
The New Testament shows no example of baptism when the person did not request it. All instances of baptism follow an individual's decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation (Act s 2:41, 8:12, 10:47-48). At Friendship, we wait until the child is old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of salvation and baptism before we baptize them. When a child makes a decision for Christ, we gladly baptize them as a symbol of their faith in Christ.
What About Infant Baptism?
In the Bible we find parents bringing children to Jesus. He held them and prayed for them and told us to welcome them. But he did not baptize them, and he did not tell anyone to baptize them.
Baptism is a public profession of salvation (as the Bible teaches). And only people who have repented of their sin and trust Christ alone for their salvation should experience baptism.
If you have not experienced believer's baptism, even though you have experienced baptism as an infant, the full meaning and significance of baptism has yet to take place in your life. We strongly encourage you to be baptized as an adult believer in Christ.
When Should I Be Baptized?
As soon as you have trusted in Christ for salvation.
"But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." (Acts 8:12)
Should I Be Baptized Immediately After Salvation?
The Bible teaches that baptism should follow your decision to trust in Christ. There is no reason to delay. If you wait until you are "good" enough, you will never feel ready for baptism. Since baptism is not a part of your salvation but a symbol of it, it is okay to wait until the next scheduled baptism.
What Do I Wear?
Dress in clothes you don't mind getting wet! Our Pastor will advise you on appropriate clothing. Remember to bring a change of clothes to wear home. There is a changing room available.
What does it mean to be a “member” of Friendship? Becoming a member of a church says that you have identified with that church and will support that church through your service and giving. In Scripture we see where believers were identified with various churches – this meant they worked in and supported that church. If you are a believer, you are already part of the Church which is the overall body of Christ made up of all believers. However, it is essential for your personal growth as a believer that you join a local church. It is also essential to the growth of the church as a whole that you give of yourself and your resources to a local body of believers.
How do I become a member of Friendship? Once you have discerned that God is leading you to join our fellowship, you will be given an opportunity to join our church at the end of each Sunday service. After the pastor preaches, he will ask you to respond by coming forward to express what God is leading you to do. After you tell the pastor what God is leading you to do then he will introduce you.
There are basically four ways you can join Friendship as a member:
I. Trusting Jesus Christ As Savior and Lord
This is followed by baptism by immersion.
Do you know for sure that you will go to Heaven if you died tonight?
The Bible teaches that God's Plan for you to be saved and sure is a simple as A-B-C.
1. Admit to God that you are a sinner. Anyone who does not live a perfect life in every way is guilty. God will judge sin (Romans 3:23 & James 2:13a)
2. Believe in Jesus Christ and receive His free gift of forgiveness from sin. Forgiventess is available to all. You cannot have eternal life and Heaven without His forgiveness. ( John 3:16 & Ephesians 1:7)
3. Commit your life to Jesus by turning from sin and self to trust Jesus. You can know you will live in Heaven forever. Don't be ashamed--make you public decision today (Romans 10:9-10)
II. Joining Be Letter From Another Church
Every Christian should belong to a church close to their home. Our clerk will write to your previous church and request your membership be moved to Friendship. If you have not been baptized by immersion, our pastor will help you take that step in obedience to Christ.
III. Joining By Statement of Faith
If situations prevent a transfer of letter (church closing, fire, destroyed record, etc.,) we will accept your statement of faith. See our pastor for more information.
IV. Joining by Baptism