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We are proud to be Baptist. It is a designation with a rich heritage of religious freedom. It was founded by those who knew that matters of faith were ultimately matters of personal conviction, that no one – family, minister, denomination, or government – could determine another’s faith. In recent times, however, many have come to associate "Baptist with a variety of negative terms, positions, and practices, that do not reflect who we are at First Baptist Church.
When we say we are “A Different Way to be Baptist,” we are seeking to emphasize the following:
We strive to be grace oriented, not judgment focused.
All are welcome… no exceptions.
As Christ's church, First Baptist Memphis is called to minister equally to all persons, extending to them the privileges afforded to any follower of Christ, including, but not limited to, baptism, membership, leadership, ordination, and marriage and will not discriminate based on race, gender, age, marital status, or sexual orientation.
-Resolution passed Jan. 10, 2016
We welcome diversity of thought and opinion; dialogue and debate. We believe in the priesthood of every believer.
We strive to cooperate with people of all faith traditions who seek to make our community and world a better place.
We value diversity at every level, including politics. We trust our members to come to their own political convictions. We cherish religious liberty and the separation of church and state.
We believe in heaven, but until then, we are to be fully engaged in making a real difference in this very real world.
Because of these convictions, our main affiliation is with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. We encourage you to check out their website.