"One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism"
- Ephesians 4:5 (NIV)
“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”
- A Common Statement about Christian Belief
When discussing important matters of belief, these statements are important to remember.
Christ is our cornerstone. He alone is the solid rock on which we stand.
At First Baptist Church Muncie, we believe what Christians throughout the ages have held dear.
Our Basic Beliefs
Our Confession & Denominational Identity Statement
Holy Scripture is our source for faith and practice.
We recognize there will be diversity in views and interpretation among believers.
As a guide to Christian teaching and to simply describe common beliefs in our community, FBCM adopted a historic confession as a congregation.
As our by-laws & constitution say:
“Recognizing and honoring the differences that exist among believers, this Church generally ascribes to the New Hampshire Confession of Faith 1833.”
You can find more information about that confession and view a more recent Identity Statement from our denomination below.
New Hampshire Baptist Confession of Faith (1833)
When seeking to form a missionary society which we partner with to this day, a Baptist pastor and scholar named J. Newton Brown helped create a confession of belief with other believers. It came to be known as the New Hampshire Baptist Confession of Faith of 1833 (NHCF 1833), and has served as a framework for many later Baptist Confessions– especially here in the United States.
Confessions are important expressions of our biblical interpretation. But, as the NHCF itself says, it is ultimately Holy Scripture itself which “is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.”