Who We Are
In the Spring of 2016, our church affirmed the following Vision Statement and Core Values. These represent the best parts of who we are today and our deepest hopes for who we will be as we live into our future. To read the full Leadership Team report, click here.
The First Baptist Church of Christ at Macon nurtures authentic faith and belonging, loves and serves courageously, and affirms the image of God in all people.
The First Baptist Church of Christ seeks to be faithful to Christ, Scripture, and our Baptist heritage as we...
• Accept, include, and value all people*
• Worship with reverence and joy
• Strive to be courageous in action and identity
• Empower each other to grow and serve
• Embrace differences in thought and background
• Foster meaningful intergenerational relationships
• Engage in ecumenical and interfaith partnerships
• Cultivate strong lay leadership
• Nurture each other toward a faith that is authentic, thoughtful, and curious
• Commit to serving each other, our community, and the world
*In August of 2017, upon recommendation from the Church Council and Board of Deacons, our congregation voted to reaffirm and clarify this core value by adopting two resolutions, one to “support the full inclusion in the life of the church of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,” and the other to affirm that full inclusion encompasses the celebration of same-sex marriage. We continue to seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance in learning the fullness of what it means to “accept, include, and value all people.”
Like most Baptist churches throughout history, our church has no specific creed or statement of faith. However, these core beliefs generally represent the values of our members. Even so, we respect the diversity of membership, and we allow and encourage each member to grow in Christ in a unique way.
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is our Creator.
Christ the Son is our Savior and Redeemer.
The Holy Spirit empowers us for the mission of Christ in the world.
All believers are priests before God.
Each believer is responsible for seeking the Lord's leadership in his or her life by praying, studying the Bible, seeking counsel of fellow Christians, and serving alongside other Christians in the church and in the world.
Christ has called us to share his story and love with everyone we meet.
We affirm the following Baptist principles:
We affirm the freedom and responsibility of every person to relate directly to God without the imposition of creed or the control of clergy or government. We believe that this personal experience with God is indispensable to the Christian life and necessary for a vital church.
We believe the Bible, under the Lordship of Christ, is central to the life of the individual and the church. We affirm the freedom and right of every Christian to interpret and apply Scripture under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We also affirm that the wisdom and counsel of the larger congregation should nurture individual believers as they seek to interpret Scripture.
We believe in the autonomy of the local church. We believe Baptist churches are free, under the Lordship of Christ, to determine their membership and leadership, and to order their membership and leadership, and to order their worship and work. We also believe that individual churches should work together to achieve goals that one church by itself could not reach.
We believe in freedom of religion, freedom for religion and freedom from religion. We believe that separation of church and state affords an important constitutional protection of that freedom.
"The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches who share a passion for the Great Commission of Jesus Christ and a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice. Our understanding of Baptist faith and practice is expressed by our emphasis on freedom in biblical interpretation and congregational governance, the participation of women and men in all aspects of church leadership and Christian ministry and religious liberty for all people.
For more than twenty years, CBF has been driven by its mission to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission. Our vision is to be a national and global community bearing witness to the gospel in partnership with Christians across the nation and around the world.
CBF consists of individuals, approximately 1,800 affiliated churches, regional fellowships and ministry partners seeking to be the presence of Christ. Based in Atlanta, CBF partners with 15 theological schools, 18 autonomous state and regional organizations and more than 150 ministry organizations worldwide, and has an annual budget of $12.4 million."
"Since 1992, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia has provided a home for Baptist Christians who cherish basic Baptist beliefs and desire to preserve Baptist freedoms.
CBF of Georgia, based in Macon, joins the national CBF, based in Atlanta, GA, in our desire to network, empower and mobilize Baptist Christians and churches for effective missions and ministry in the name of Christ.
CBF of Georgia is governed by an elected Coordinating Council of laity and clergy from across the state. Our mission and ministry are guided by various committees of the council in partnership with the staff.
We are cooperative by choice, recognizing the blessings of shared mission and ministry. We remain inclusive, for our Baptist heritage has taught us that there is strength in diversity. Realizing that we are only part of God’s family, it is our desire to cooperate with one another and other Christians as we seek to minister in God’s name."
The default path for the missions portion of our members giving is the national Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia. However, pledge cards allow members to designate other organizations for the missions portion of their giving.
A list of our other missions partners, locally and internationally can be found here.