What We Believe

First Baptist Church of Cleburne, TX, accept the following as our common ground of faith:

  1. The Bible is the inspired, written record of God's revelation of Himself to man and the authority for doctrine and practice.
  2. God is ruler of all mankind: Christ is the Head of the church ruling through the Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in a regenerated church membership, and we believe that the conversion experience through faith in Christ is a prerequisite for church membership.
  4. We believe that immersion in water answers Christ's command to baptize and that such immersions symbolize the heart of the gospel message: death, burial, and resurrection.
  5. We believe in the two New Testament ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper, and we believe that both are symbolic in nature.
  6. We believe that "The Baptist Faith and Message" adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1963 represents a consensus of our membership and is suitable for general instruction and guidance.
  7. We believe in the freedom of the individual conscience and in the voluntary principle, not the coercive principle in religion.
  8. We believe in the principle of separation of church and state.
  9. We believe that Christian cooperation is not dependent upon organizational unification. We believe we are united as brothers in Christ with all others who are children of God by faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
The above statements of faith are taken from Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution of First Baptist Church, Cleburne, Texas, adopted April 30, 1989 and amended October 1, 2006.