Nestled in the heart of Germantown, Tennessee, recognizing over 145 years of Christian tradition, members of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church continue to grow in strength and spirit. You are always welcome to fellowship with the New Bethel family as we offer up praise to our GOD, our FATHER and FORGIVER.
God’s Plan of Salvation
God’s plan of salvation is as simple as A, B, C: Admit that you are a sinner. Believe that Jesus is the SON of God. Confess your sins to Him. When one realizes that he/she is a sinner as described in Romans 3:10 and 23, he/she has taken the first step to being saved. Realizing that sin brings spiritual death, Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”, and knowing that one can not save one’s self, (Ephesians 2:8-9) is the next step. Believe that Jesus is the son of God. Recognize Jesus as the Savior you need, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing ye might have life through His name”. Acts 4:12 declares that there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Finally, one must confess his/her sin. When this is done, the scripture promises you will be saved. (That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Rom. 10:9-10). Conversion is a personal matter; it is an “inside” job. No one really knows but you and the Lord, therefore, one must personally trust Jesus as Savior. With this confession comes certain guarantees found in Matt.11:28, John 1: 12-13; and John 6:37.
Ways to Become a Member
1. Baptism – The believer who has confessed Christ as Lord and Savior presents him/herself to the pastor as a candidate for baptism. Upon admission into the church, normally during a worship service at the meeting place of the particular congregation, the person is accepted, and subsequently is baptized in water by immersion by the pastor or his appointed minister.
Upon presenting him/herself as a candidate for baptism, the person agrees to abide by the rules and regulations of the church, which are generally taken to be the teachings and tenets of the Bible. Also, the candidates agree to submit to training necessary for new members.
2. Letter – This means of entrance into the Baptist church is dependent upon prior membership in a Baptist church. Under normal conditions, the prospective member is granted a letter from his/her membership church due to relocation from one city to another. Conditions may present themselves when the prospective member relocates from one section of a city or county to another, thus making it necessary to place his/her membership elsewhere. Such conditions would require a letter from the pastor and/or church from which the person is leaving so he/she can be free to associate with another congregation. The letter from the previous congregation assures the new pastor and congregation that the individual was in good and regular standing when released from his/her membership there.
3. Christian Experience – This manner of entry into the Baptist church presupposes conversion on the part of the person applying for membership. In all likelihood, this person is one who has strayed from the church or for whatever reason is one who has been inactive as a member. The applicant requesting membership on this basis does not require re-baptism or a letter from his/her previous church connection.