As a church family, First Melissa is passionate about making disciples of Jesus. To that end, we prioritize the study and teaching of the Bible, God’s inerrant Word. We trust in the power and relevance of the Bible for modern life. We seek to know God’s will and let His Word guide our ministries. Our church doctrine and theology are drawn from a conservative and literal interpretation of the Bible as the revelation of God’s truth.
First Baptist Church Melissa is an autonomous, independent congregation of baptized believers choosing to cooperate with the Collin Baptist Association, the Southern Baptists of Texas, and the Southern Baptist Convention through cooperative missions giving, in on-going mission, ministry, and institutional support. First Baptist Church Melissa is conservative in theology and generous in missions giving.
As an autonomous Baptist congregation serving within the larger body of the New Testament Church, First Melissa holds dear certain core values, beliefs, and strategies as we together serve Christ and maintain fellowship with one another.
And, since we do strongly believe in the soul competency of each individual, and that each Christian is called to act as a believer priest, we also hold that covenants are to be made only between a believer and God. However, we do hold that inherent with church membership is by design a definite sense of agreement and adherence by the member to basic beliefs, structure, and mission.
Therefore, this core values statement is prepared with two possible purposes in mind. First, to help in your decision as to whether you feel God is calling you to become a part of this congregation. Second, to aid you as a member in evaluating and implementing your role, commitment, and calling to this local body of believers.·
The following statements are derived from and based upon the 2000 version of the Baptist Faith and Message. For the complete document, you may visit the Southern Baptist Convention web site at www.sbc.net.