Our church is more than just a place to go or an event to attend; we are a community of people who have been changed by the love of God and want to change our community in response. It’s our desire to make known the good news of God’s love within our own congregation as well as outside our walls in our community. We believe it’s the gospel of Christ that truly changes people, and those people are the ones who change the world. We would love to welcome you into our community and walk alongside you to serve those around us in the name of Jesus. Here is just some quick on ramps to help you belong.
The best way to get to know someone is around a meal. If you are new to First Baptist or have been attending for a while we would like to invite you have a meal with us as a way to get to know who we are and how you can join us in helping us live out the mission God has given us in Boise and around the world.
Think of it this way: If the life of First Baptist is a highway, the Connect Dinner/Lunch is your onramp.
Baptism in and of itself is not a way to receive salvation; just as wearing a wedding ring does not make someone married. So being baptized cannot make someone a Christian. Rather the wedding ring tells the world that this person is married and has made a life-commitment to another person. So, baptism tells the world you are a follower of Jesus. (Matt. 28:18-20).
Baptism follows the example set by Jesus, found in Mark 1:9. Our new life with new priorities and passions expressed in ministry also begins with an act of obedience in being baptized.
"We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. "
One of the most effective ways to connect is to serve along side a group of people. We have a variety of opportunities and you can explore your spiritual gifts while connecting with others.
Sometimes the greatest way to bless others is to simply give your time to serve them. Click the link below to take your spiritual gift test and someone will contact you about serving opportunities that fit your gifting.
Everything we have is a gift from the Lord because He owns it all. Therefore giving should be a priority for us who have received all we have. Giving cheerfully, sacrificially, and consistently is a part of our worship.
"Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce"
- Proverbs 3:9
COMMITTING TO YOUR LOCAL CHURCH.
Becoming a member of First Baptist Church Collister means you are joining a group of ordinary people moving together toward extraordinary living through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Together we seek to discover deeper intimacy with Jesus, genuine community with each other, and an endeavor to influence our community with the truth of Jesus’ love.
Membership provides a way to determine who is committed to the mission, doctrine, and values of First Baptist Church – our local expression of the body of Christ. Such delineation is not meant to be elitist or divisive. It is not meant to create different classes within the body. Rather, it simply recognizes that there are people within any expression of the body of Christ at varying levels of commitment – and that’s okay. But as an intentional community with a mission and purpose, it is helpful to know who is committed and who is simply curious.
SHOULD I BECOME A MEMBER?
Scripture tells us that leaders within the church are called to “equip the saints – or believers – for the work of ministry, for 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” (Eph 4:12-13). Essentially, we are called to function as one body, made up of many members, with Jesus Christ as our head, working together to grow into maturity (1 Cor 12:12-31). When all believers – not just church staff – embrace the importance of their role in the church community, the body of Christ is able to function with all of the faculties it is supplied with. And when each part is working properly, the body grows into health and strength (Eph 4:16).
So you should not enter into the membership covenant because you’ve been around First Baptist Church a while and figure it’s the next step or “something you should do.” Nor should you enter into the membership covenant simply to say, “First Baptist is where I go to church.” That’s part of it, but membership is more than that. It is an informed commitment to the doctrine and vision of First Baptist Church, a willing submission to the leadership of the church, and an intentional embrace of your role in the body of Christ and the mission of the church.
HOW DOES A PERSON BECOME A MEMBER?
The process of becoming a member takes place at the local First Baptist congregation that an individual or family is committing to. Look for opportunities provided by the leadership of your local congregation to go through the membership process. The structure and time frame of the process may vary slightly based on the factors involved, but in each case the process will include (1) attendance of a class that goes through the First Baptist Membership Packet, (2) a meeting with a pastor/elder, and (3) the signing of a Membership Covenant.