First Baptist Church of Charlotte, Michigan is a congregation of over 500 people, located in a mid Michigan county seat community of 8500 people. FBC draws from a five to ten mile radius of an area which consists of approximately 16,000 residents. The town, which largely consists of one family dwellings is built on conservative values but progressive attitudes. Individuals within the community and church are employed through a number of different businesses, agencies and industries. Some of the larger employers of church friends include General Motors, Michigan State University, the State of Michigan, Spartan Motors, county government and several large hospitals.
In recent years, First Baptist has experienced solid continued growth. The makeup of the congregation is divided among the three major age groupings of younger, middle aged and older adults with programs designed to meet the needs of each age group.
Theologically, the church is conservative but open. While emphasizing the basic elements of the Christian faith, we consciously seek unity in key Biblical essentials while affirming diversity on other theological matters not considered essential to our faith.
First Baptist is governed by the members of its congregation. It's our way of saying, every person's voice counts!
The congregation meets four times a year to vote on matters which need congregational approval or action. The Sr. Pastor and Staff give direction to the day to day operations and ministries of the church with the oversight of the ten member Church Board.
The financial condition of FBC is solid. Approximately 25% of the church's annual operating budget is designated for causes beyond the local church ministry.
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We, the members of First Baptist Church of Charlotte, Michigan, in order to fulfill the commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, do hereby subscribe to these Core Beliefs.
- In one God, eternally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- That Jesus Christ, the Son, is true God and the agent of creation of this universe. He gave up His position with the Father and took on the likeness of man through the conception of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin. He died in our place for our sins, descended into Hell, physically rose again, and ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God, the Father, making Him the only mediator between God and humankind.
- That the Holy Spirit's ministry is to reveal Christ to individuals for the salvation and sanctification of their souls. He further teaches and provides gifts to the believers equipping them to serve Jesus Christ.
- That the Holy Bible is inspired by God and is the supreme and final authority in faith and life. Written under God's inspiration, it is universal and without doctrinal error.
- That humankind was created in the image of God. Having a free will, however, humankind chose to go their own independent way, thereby sinning, and incurring spiritual death. Salvation is a gift of God and in no way a result of any good works. Salvation is received only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
- That life is a gift of God which begins at conception with its ownership vested in its Creator.
- That human sexuality is designed for physical expression only in the bonds of marriage between a man and a woman.
- That the New Testament church is a group of believers committed to Jesus Christ. They come together for worship and fellowship. By the power, leading and gifting of the Holy Spirit they are committed to evangelism, discipleship, and ministry in the church and community. They are to encourage and educate each other in local, national, and world missions.
- That baptism is a reenactment of Romans 6:4; being buried with Christ in baptism, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is an external witness of the believer's previous experience; death to sin, burial of the old life, and resurrection to newness of life.
- That the Lord's Supper is a remembrance of the Lord's death and a promise of His return.
- In the imminent, visible return of Jesus Christ to earth to establish His kingdom of justice and peace. He will have dominion and power forever more.