Membership and Beliefs

church webMembership in the Newtown Family

Joining a local church is such an important step in following Christ. God made us to live in community with one another, doing life together! At First Baptist Church, we look forward to welcoming you into the family where God uses each of us to accomplish His Mission for this body of Christ-followers. Every person who joins First Baptist Church meets these important criteria.

1. A follower of Jesus Christ.

We believe that the church is not a building but a body of committed followers of Jesus Christ doing life together. The first and most important step in any person’s life is receiving Jesus Christ as personal Lord, Savior, and Shepherd.

2. Baptized by Immersion as a Believer.

Baptism does not contribute to a person’s salvation but it is very important because Jesus commanded us to do it. Jesus himself was baptized, giving us an example, and then commanded that we follow after we become believers. Baptist is highly symbolic of a new believer leaving his or her former life in sin and embracing new life found in Jesus Christ. All baptism in Scripture occurs after a person begins following Jesus Christ. Scripture also clearly indicates immersion (or being placed fully under water) as the only type of baptism practiced by the early church.

What We Believe

We are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and hold to the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message which can be found if you follow this linked page:

Baptist Faith and Message