Frequently Asked Questions
There are two requirements for membership at FBCR:
- Accept Jesus Christ as your savior and commit your life to following him.
- Be baptized by immersion with the understanding that it is a symbol.
If you have done both of these at any point in your life then you are eligible for membership. If you have not done one or both of these and would like to do them now you are eligible for membership.
If interested simply talk to one of the pastors of the church.
We believe that every person, while created good, has been marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom.3:23) The Bible also says, “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom.6:23) We believe that Jesus sent his son, Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins. This salvation is offered to us as a free gift. “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Although the gift of salvation is free, we must still accept it and turn our lives over to Jesus Christ. “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
The act of accepting God’s free gift of salvation and then committing yourself to following Jesus is what we mean when we say “accept Jesus as Savior.”
Baptism is like a wedding ring … it is an outward symbol of a commitment you made in your heart. In baptism you are identifying yourself with Jesus Christ in his death and resurrection. You are also telling everyone that you are not ashamed to be a Christian.
The day you were baptized as an infant was a very special day for your parents. It was their way of saying that they wanted God to bless you. Experiencing baptism as an adult is very different. In some ways it is the culmination of what your parents prayed for the day they baptized you as an infant. They wanted you to grow up to know Jesus. Now, as an adult you can fulfill their hopes by confessing, of your own free will, that you have a relationship with Jesus. Baptism, after you have freely and deliberately accepted Christ, does not negate your previous baptism. It only confirms it.
That depends. If you were baptized by immersion with the understanding that it was not the act that saved you, but only a symbol of God’s salvation, then you do not need to be baptized again to join FBCR.
- God loves the church. We should love it too. The Bible tells us that “Christ loved the church, and he gave his life for it” (Eph.5:25).
- Commitment builds character. If you believe in something it is imperative that you commit yourself to it.
- Membership identifies our family … who we can depend on. Every team needs a roster. Every army needs an enlistment record. Every school has an enrollment.
- The church needs to know who is a committed member of the team.
- The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. It is difficult to be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.
Eucharist, Holy Communion, and Lord’s Supper are really interchangeable words. They all refer to the same thing – the observance of eating the bread and drinking the wine in order to remember the sacrificial death of Jesus. This is an observance Jesus instituted the night before his death. Different Christian groups, however, believe differently about what actually happens when a person eats the bread and drinks the wine. There are those who believe that the bread and wine literally becomes the body and blood of Jesus at the moment the priest or pastor prays over it. Those who believe this tend to call it the Eucharist or Holy Communion. Others, including Baptists, believe that the bread and wine are sacred symbols of the body and blood of Christ, but do not actually become his body and blood. Those who believe this way tend to call it the Lord’s Supper.
Anyone who is a baptized Christian.
The work of the church is directed by the pastors, ministers, deacons, committees and department leaders. Major church decisions are made by the church body at church business meetings that are held throughout the year.
The church business meetings are basically the gathering of the church (usually on a Sunday night) in order to hear how the church is doing through reports from the various committees and departments, and to make any major decisions that need to be made by the entire church body.
Four suggestions for making a difference at FBCR:
- Become a member. We listen to those who are committed to the family.
- Join a Bible Fellowship. This is where we get connected and start learning more about the way the church works.
- Start serving. When you get active in service to the Lord you will quickly become a decision maker in the area you serve.
- Talk to the pastor, ministers, deacons, and other spiritual leaders. FBCR is built on loving relationships. We listen to each other because we love each other.
- Attend the church business meetings. This is where you will get more informed and have the opportunity to speak to major decisions as they are made.
- Pray for your church. God speaks to you and through you when you pray.
Our Pastor of Administration, under the direction and oversight of the Budget/Finance Committee, supervises the financial operations for FBCR. Working under him we also have a financial administrative staff.
A group of FBCR members count and deposit the offerings. We have a time-tested system of checks and balances at every stage of the handling of the offerings. That system is reviewed and monitored regularly by the Budget/Finance Committee.
The members. The church budget is approved by the church at the March business meeting every year. The church budget guides our spending all year long. Our fiscal year begins in April and ends in March.
The offerings we collect every Sunday, once deposited, are distributed and used according to the Annual Church Budget approved by the Church. The Budget/Finance Committee is ultimately responsible for the accounting and appropriate distribution of these monies, according to the wishes of the Church body.
The pastor and ministerial staff work with the deacon body, committees and ministry teams to provide the overall direction of the church. The deacon body, committees and ministry teams are comprised of church members who are committed to serving the church. There are certain decisions that are made only by a vote of the entire church membership.
The ministers are members of the church who have been called to lead the church through an equipping ministry. The ministers are called to equip the members of the church to do God’s work. As such, they are an important part of giving the church direction. The ministers are chosen by a vote of the church body.
The deacons are members of the church who have been called to lead the church through a servant ministry. The deacons are called to serve the church by caring for the needs of the disadvantaged and marginalized. They also serve as a support group for the pastor, ministers and other key leaders. As such, they are an important part of giving the church direction. The deacons are chosen by a vote of the church body.
You will be expected to support the vision, purpose, and mission of FBCR.
You will also be expected to support and pray for the pastor, ministers, deacons and other leaders as they provide spiritual leadership for FBCR.
You will be expected to CONNECT to a Bible Fellowship class, LEARN how to live the Christian life through studying God’s Word in your Bible Fellowship class, WORSHIP God in a FBCR Worship Service and SERVE God at FBCR and beyond.
You can expect to find a place to CONNECT with other Christians, LEARN from the Word of God, WORSHIP God and SERVE the greater work of God.
You can expect to find a family that will encourage you and give you everything you need to be the Disciple of Jesus Christ that God wants you to be.
FBCR is an independent and autonomous church. We do, however, willingly cooperate with several other Baptist Organizations. We support the Dallas Baptist Association, Baptist General Convention of Texas, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Southern Baptist Convention.
These questions and many more are answered in more detail in the Membership 101 course that is offered periodically throughout the year. Please consult the Sunday Morning Worship Bulletin for times and locations of this important Faith Formations course. We strongly encourage everyone to take this course at least once before becoming a member.