What We Believe

(NOTE: In this new year, we will be bringing the Church up to date on a new Constitution and By-Laws which we hope to have voted on at our July 2022 Business meeting. Our Commitment to Sound Doctrine, Passion for the Gospel, Statement of Belief, and other topics listed below will be relatively unchanged.)

First Southern Baptist Church of Junction City (FSBCJC) is committed to boldly proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, in accordance with the Great Commission: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20)

Commitment to Sound Doctrine
As a church, we strive for sound doctrine, accurately teaching the truth of God's Word. We seek to equip believers for works of ministry, "building up the body of Christ until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes."

"Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love." (Ephesians 4:11-16)

Passion for the Gospel
The entire Bible, Old Testament and New, points to Christ. The gospel message teaches us how God is reconciling all things to Himself through the person and work of His Son, Jesus Christ. We never graduate from the gospel. The more we learn about it, the greater our appreciation for the work God has done and is doing, becoming better worshipers of God both in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23)

Because we are passionate about the gospel, we want to share it with the world. FSBCJC does this through local, regional, and global missions. We reach out with the message of Christ to Junction City, through missions groups and disaster relief to outlying areas and other states, and are supporting missionaries around the world, from our church and through the Cooperative Program. (Acts 1:8)

Statement of Beliefs
We are a part of the Southern Baptist Convention, locally affiliated with the Smoky Hills Association in the Kansas/Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists. As a Southern Baptist church, we adhere to the doctrines of faith as summarized by The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 (BFM).

Before becoming a member of FSBCJC, it is recommended that you read the BFM and become acquainted with these doctrines (1). You can find pull up the BFM here. The following 40 points outline these doctrines:

  1. We believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience. (Psalm 119:140, Hebrews 4:12)
  2. We believe there is one and only one living and true God to whom we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Mark 12:30)
  3. We believe in the Holy Trinity; that our one God is three distinct persons -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- all fully divine but without division of nature, essence, or being. (Isaiah 61:1, Matthew 3:16-17)
  4. We believe God the Father, as the head of the Trinity, reigns with providential care over all things according to the purposes of His grace, and is Father to those whom He has adopted as His children through faith in Jesus Christ. (John 6:44, 1 John 3:1)
  5. We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, the Savior of the world by whom all things were made. (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16)
  6. We believe in Jesus Christ's incarnation, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:21-23)
  7. We believe Jesus took upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities, identifying Himself completely with mankind, yet was without sin. (2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:17)
  8. We believe Jesus perfectly revealed, fulfilled, and submitted to the will of God. (John 6:38, Hebrews 1:5)
  9. We believe Jesus Christ was obedient unto death and died to redeem us from all lawlessness, purifying for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:8-11, Titus 2:14)
  10. We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, was laid in a tomb but that His body did not see decay, and on the third day rose again with a glorified body. (Isaiah 53:10, Acts 2:23-24)
  11. We believe that after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples and hundreds of others who saw Him alive in the 40 days between His resurrection and ascension into heaven. (Acts 1:3, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
  12. We believe Jesus ascended into heaven before His disciples very eyes, and is now seated at the right hand of God where He, who is fully God and fully man, is the one and only mediator between God and man. (John 14:6, 1 Timothy 2:5)
  13. We believe the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, and inspired holy men, God's prophets and apostles, to write the holy Scriptures as the one who testifies to the truth of Christ. (John 14:26, 1 John 5:6)
  14. We believe the Holy Spirit convicts men of sin, righteousness, and judgment, calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. (John 16:8, Titus 3:5)
  15. We believe the Holy Spirit cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which each one serves God through His church. (1 Corinthians 12:4, Hebrews 2:4)
  16. We believe the Spirit makes us able to worship God, and that without the Spirit, it is impossible to please God, and those without the Spirit do not belong to Christ or His church. (Romans 8:6-8, Galatians 5:22-24)
  17. We believe we are created in the image of God, and that every person is worthy of respect and Christian love. (Genesis 1:26, Colossians 3:11)
  18. We believe that all have sinned and have fallen short of God's glory. (Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23)
  19. We believe salvation is by the work of Christ only, whose death on the cross and resurrection from the grave is the only redemption from sin. (Romans 5:9, Revelation 7:10)
  20. We believe regeneration is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus, a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, both inseparable experiences of grace given by God. (Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Timothy 2:25)
  21. We believe justification is God's gracious and full acquittal of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. (Romans 8:30, Galatians 2:16)
  22. We believe sanctification is the experience by which the believer is set apart, enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity which will continue through the believer's life. (Romans 6:22, 1 Peter 1:2)
  23. We believe glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed. (1 Corinthians 15:42, Philippians 3:21)
  24. We believe election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 9:11, 2 Peter 1:10-11)
  25. We believe our salvation in Christ is eternally secure and assured. (John 10:28-29, Romans 8:38-39)
  26. We believe the church is the body of Christ, the instrument that God uses to present and defend the gospel, and includes the redeemed of all ages, tribes, tongues, and nations. (Galatians 3:28, 1 Timothy 3:15)
  27. We believe baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing a believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, and resurrection in the newness of Christ. (Acts 2:38, Colossians 2:12)
  28. We believe the Lord's supper is a symbolic act memorializing the death of our Savior in anticipation of His second coming. (Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:26)
  29. We believe the first day of the week is the Lord's Day, and is the day the church gathers for regular observance, commemorating the resurrection of Christ from the dead. (Luke 24:1-3, 1 Corinthians 16:1-2)
  30. We believe the Kingdom of God is both God's sovereign rule over all things, and the realm of salvation into which men enter through Christ, and that Christians ought to pray and labor that God's Kingdom may come and His will be done on earth until the return of Christ when the full consummation of His Kingdom will be completed. (Matthew 6:9-10, John 3:5-7)
  31. We believe that Christ will come back to earth in a triumphant and announced return, the dead will be raised, those who are left will be caught up in the air, and Christ will judge all mankind in righteousness. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 2 Timothy 4:1)
  32. We believe that those who are born again in Christ will receive glorified bodies and dwell forever with the Lord, and those who are not born again but remain dead in their trespasses will be consigned to hell, a place of everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Revelation 20:15)
  33. We believe that an adequate system of Christian education is necessary for Christ's people, as in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, revealed to us through our study of His Word. (Proverbs 9:10, Colossians 2:3)
  34. We believe that the church is autonomous, not subject to any particular association or bureaucracy, but cooperates with other New Testament churches to minister to others as an extension of Christ's Kingdom. (Romans 15:26, Ephesians 1:22-23)
  35. We believe that all governments have been established by God, and we are to honor and pray for our leaders, but no government has authority over the supremacy of Christ in our lives or in human society. (Romans 13:1, 1 Timothy 2:1-2)
  36. We believe that the true remedy for war and conflict is the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, and the application of His law. (Isaiah 2:4, James 4:1-2)
  37. We believe that life begins at conception and ends at natural death, and that the human soul has eternal value. (Psalm 139:16, Luke 1:41)
  38. We believe the family has been designed by God, and that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a covenant commitment for life. (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6)
  39. We believe a husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church, His bride, and a wife submits to her husband as the church is to submit to Christ. (Ephesians 5:24-25, Revelation 21:2)
  40. We believe as a family-integrated church that children are a blessing from the Lord and fall under the authority of their parents whom they are to honor and obey. (Psalm 127:3, Ephesians 6:1)

                                                                                Translation of the Bible
                                                                                We believe that God's Word is infallible, and that "All scripture is breathed out by God, and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

                                                                                FSBCJC has no overriding commitment to any specific translation of the Bible. But the translation we use most often is the English Standard Version (ESV). Much of our study materials and curriculum are ESV as well as our pew Bibles, so it's easy to follow along with the sermon. We value the ESV's essentially literal translation of the earliest scriptural texts, providing us with a grounding point that we may have the best understanding of what God's Word truly means to communicate.

                                                                                The three translations we most commonly reference or recommend are the ESV, the New American Standard Bible (NASB), or the New King James Version (NKJV). We also have and distribute copies of the King James Version (KJV), Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), and the New International Version (NIV, editions printed prior to 2010).

                                                                                Church Membership
                                                                                Scripture instructs the church to meet regularly so that we may rejoice in our common hope and encourage one another in love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:23-25). Church membership is a commitment to devote yourself to a specific body in gathering, giving, prayer, and service. By uniting with FSBCJC, you welcome our encouragement and admonishment, and we also welcome yours, for the purpose of growing the body of Christ in love (2).

                                                                                It is recommended that a person attend our services for at least three weeks. If you then desire to become a member, you'll meet with the pastor and at least two other officers (elders or deacons) so that we might know about your confession of faith, and you're able to ask of us any questions you might have. It is required that all members have at some point in their Christian walk been baptized by their choice. If you haven't been, we'd love to share that with you! New members will be presented to the congregation either by baptism or statement of faith (3).

                                                                                Membership meetings are conducted at least once a quarter. It is at these meetings that we discuss and handle the business of the church, including finances and any other matter that would require a vote from the membership. Only members may provide input and vote, but prospective members are welcome to attend. Meetings are moderated by a church officer and must meet a quorum of ten members to proceed (4). Special meetings may be called when needed.

                                                                                Leadership of the Church
                                                                                The leadership in our church is governed by two main offices: elders and deacons (5). The elders, or the teachers, are men who oversee the spiritual needs of the congregation. All other teaching and leadership positions in the church fall under the authority of the elders. (In this way, the pastor serves as the head elder (6).) The deacons, or the servants, are men who oversee the service and care of the physical needs of the congregation.

                                                                                Elders and deacons are members of the church elected by the members of the church. They must meet the qualifications given of these two offices in 1 Timothy 3:1-13, and Titus 1:5-9. It is required that a man aspiring toward the position of elder or deacon be a member for at least a year. Exceptions are given to those who served as officers at a previous church, given that references are checked and a strong recommendation can be made.

                                                                                Upon recognition of being qualified, a man can be recommended for the position of elder or deacon at any time by a member of the church. The recommendation will be brought to the current officers for consideration, and they will then present the candidate before the church membership who confirm his appointment.

                                                                                Church Discipline
                                                                                We follow a Matthew 18 model of administering discipline in the church. As Christ instructed, "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as [an outsider]." (Matthew 18:15-17) (7)

                                                                                The desire for the church is to rescue a person from their sin and restore them to the body in righteousness as a display of the grace and love that God has shown each of us (8). As we read in James 5:20, "Whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins." And in Galatians 6:1, "If anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted."

                                                                                Final Thoughts
                                                                                Ultimately, our guide for church structure and Christian conduct is God's Holy Word, the Bible. Let us, as a church, be faithful to soundly search the scriptures and teach it according to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

                                                                                "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me -- practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you." (Philippians 4:8-9)

                                                                                1. This is what we teach. As long as you are transformed in Christ and of the Kingdom of God, you may join our church!
                                                                                2. In this way, only members can then become teachers, assist with childcare, or hold any other position in the church.
                                                                                3. If you have been a member of any previous church, we can also do a transference of membership. You'll still be presented to the congregation so that we might recognize you as new members.
                                                                                4. This number is chosen from Genesis 18:32 based on the conversation between God and Abraham where Abraham intercedes for Sodom.
                                                                                5. Though a deacon is considered a church officer, only the elder holds authority as an overseer (1 Timothy 3:1).
                                                                                6. Any men who bear the title of "Associate Pastor" are also considered elders.
                                                                                7. See also 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 and Titus 3:10-11. Disciplinary procedures against elders or deacons must also consider 1 Timothy 5:19-25.
                                                                                8. Reinstating a person will likewise require the approval of the membership. If an individual has opted to withdraw from the church, there is no need to go through the discipline procedure. Their membership will be removed by their decision.
                                                                                This constitution has been reviewed and received by a 2/3 majority of a membership quorum. It went into effect on January 1 of 2015. Any ratification must likewise be accepted by a 2/3 majority. All other voting matters, with the exception of ratification to the constitution and the appointment of any church officer, requires only a majority vote of the quorum for passage.