What is an Independent, Fundamental, Baptist Church?
Independent simply means that we are free from any organizational rule, and that no governing body outside of the church dictates our decisions. FBC is an autonomous local church free of any external authority or control. We reject any conventions, associations, groups, etc. which limit, govern, or dictate the autonomy of the church. We are governed by the Word of God, and led by the Man of God. We believe in congregational rule, whereas the congregation votes on major church decisions dictated by our constitution. We as a church body function as God leads us; contingent upon nothing else but the Bible. We align with the churches of the Bible; with one Head: Christ Jesus. (Acts 12:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1-4; 1 Corinthians 3:9-16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
Fundamental simply means that we adhere to the fundamental truths of the Word of God, which never change. We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1), the virgin birth, the blood atonement, the bodily resurrection and return of Christ, and the inerrancy and inspiration of Scripture. We understand that the Bible is our sole authority in all faith and practice.
Baptist means that we were never a part of the reformation, and were never a part of the Roman Catholic Church. You can trace our church heritage all the way back to Acts 2. The following acrostic "BAPTISTS" can better explain our distinctives:
Bible is our sole authority in faith and practice
Autonomy of the local church
Priesthood of all believers (All saved individuals have access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ)
Two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Individual Soul Liberty: Each individual is solely responsible to God, and can make his/her own decision on accepting or rejecting Christ
Separation of Church and State: We believe the government has no role in dictating to the church on how they should believe, operate, or rule.
Two Officers: Pastor and Deacon
Saved, Baptized membership only: only those who have accepted Christ as their personal Savior and followed through with believer's baptism may join the local church.