WHAT EXACTLY IS A BIBLE CHURCH?
A Bible Church is a church that seeks to be faithful to the Bible. In this, we are not unique. There are many churches in the Decatur/Madison area of various denominations which have the same objective. While we have a great appreciation for the creeds and confessions of various Christian traditions, our ultimate authority is the Scripture. We believe that the Bible, properly understood, is a relevant resource for skillful living in our relationships with other people and, more importantly, with God. We are not part of a larger denomination and our autonomy comes with some advantages and disadvantages. At all times, we are happy to cooperate with other gospel-loving local churches for the cause of Christ, praying and hoping for their success in the Great Commission.
THAT SOUNDS LIKE A CHURCH I’VE BEEN TO BEFORE.
Not surprisingly, our commitment to the Bible has kept us in line with the historic, traditional, orthodox Christian faith as received from the apostles who walked with Jesus. We have noticed that in the Christian family, there are significant differences between various groups and denominations, but we have also noted a remarkable agreement on the core essentials of Christianity. These core essentials are the basis of our fellowship with other fine churches in our area.
WILL I BE SINGLED OUT AS A VISITOR?
Absolutely not. We make a general announcement to visitors during the service that welcomes them and asks them to fill out a Visitor’s Card if they would like more information about FBC. We do not ask them to stand or identify themselves.
WHAT DO PEOPLE WEAR?
We don’t make a big deal about what people wear to church. We would never want this to hinder anyone from coming to our church, and especially to Christ. At the same time, we believe there is value in teaching our children that respect is often communicated even in the way we present ourselves. You will see people in suits and ties and also in casual business wear.
AM I SUPPOSED TO PUT MONEY IN THE OFFERING PLATE?
Before the message we pray for our missionaries and praise the Lord for everything he is doing in our lives. We also will pass the offering plate during a worship song. This is meant for members and regular attenders who are led to give back to God. We ask visitors not to feel obligated to participate, but to relax and enjoy the service.
WHAT ABOUT COMMUNION?
Occasionally we offer communion during Sunday morning services. This is a time of self-reflection and praise for the sacrifice that Jesus Christ has made on our behalf. Because of that, this time of fellowship with the Lord is reserved for professing Christians. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, then we invite and encourage you to participate.