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Finding A Place To Belong

We are thrilled that you are interested in joining this community of Christ followers at First Baptist Church Bevil Oaks. Connecting to a local church is a significant step in following Jesus Christ. We hope you join us in pursuing God’s mission for the world. To join FBC Bevil Oaks, a person must meet two important requirements.

1. A Follower of Jesus Christ
The church is not a building but a local body of faithful followers of Jesus Christ. The most important decision in any person's life is receiving Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. Trusting in Jesus alone for the forgiveness of sins is the beginning of what it means to follow Jesus.

Click here to learn how to become a follower of Jesus Christ.

2. Baptism by Immersion as a Believer
Baptism is an outward, physical declaration of an inward, spiritual change after one trusts in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins. A believer identifies with Christ's burial and resurrection (Colossians 2:12). Baptism is not necessary for a person's salvation, but it is very important because Jesus commanded us to do it (Matthew 28:18-20). Our belief of baptism by immersion is based on the following:

- Jesus was baptized by immersion (Matthew 3:16).
- The Greek word baptize (baptizo) means to “immerse” under water.
- Accounts of baptism in the New Testament suggest that believers were immersed (John 3:23, Acts 8:38).

If you're ready to join or desire baptism, please feel free to come forward during the response time of any of the Sunday worship gatherings to talk with our pastor. As well, don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about church membership, salvation, or baptism.