We hold classes at FBC to help give prospective members a chance to learn more about us, what we believe, and consider if they would like to be part of the assembly here. These membership classes will be held as needed.
At the First Baptist Church of Cheyenne, we believe Local Church membership matters! The word “Church” is the word “ekklesia” in the Greek New Testament. It literally means “Assembly”, a gathering together. Let that sink in! The Western church world is increasingly moving away from the importance of attendance and membership in the Local Church. With the advancement of internet technology, God's people are increasingly living with a “Universal Church” attitude. On the surface it sounds great, “we’re all one big family!” And it is great! Only God can unite every tribe tounge and nation to love eachother and get along! Although the doctrine of the Universal Church is a sound doctrine, a commitment to a local assembly is everywhere assumed and expected in the New Testament. (Heb. 10:25; Romans 12:4-8)
As evidence, the New Testament records local churches (Philippi, Ephesus, Corinth, etc.) which operated with local, biblically qualified, elders and deacons (Phil. 1:1; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Tim. 3:1-13). Additionally, local church membership is modeled in lists of widows (1 Tim. 5), members being “added” to the number (Acts 2:47), members being given letters of commendation if they transitioned from one church to another (Acts 18:25-28; 1 Cor. 16:10), and members being disciplined out of the local church for the purpose of restoration to the Lord (Matthew 18; 1 Cor. 5; Titus 3:10).
"The membership of this church shall consist of persons who confess faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior, who give evidence of regeneration by a life consistent with their profession, who have been baptized by immersion after their profession of faith, who wholeheartedly believe in the Christian faith as revealed in the Bible, who adhere to the teaching of Scripture as expressed in the Statement of Faith, and who have completed the procedure for becoming a member and maintain the requirements of membership as set forth in the Bylaws." (FBC of Cheyenne Constitution and Bylaws)