We exist at FBC Floral City to create a place where everyone can have a sense of belonging. We seek to help each and everyone grow in their relationship with the Lord. We want to lead everyone to share their stories of what God has done for them and what He can do for others.
FBC Floral City is a Southern Baptist Church. Locally, we are part of the Naturecoast Baptist Association. We are also part of the Florida Baptist Convention and the national, Southern Baptist Convention. We partner with these three organizations for the purpose of spreading the Gospel – locally, throughout the state, and globally.
Who are Southern Baptists?
For almost 175 years, Southern Baptists have sought to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people everywhere.
The Southern Baptist Convention was formed with a Gospel vision. Its founding charter identifies its singular focus: . . . for the purpose of eliciting, combining, and directing the energies of the Baptist denomination of Christians, for the propagation of the Gospel.
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has grown to be a network of more than fifty thousand cooperating churches and church-type missions banded together to make an impact for God’s Kingdom. Though as many as two hundred could be counted as “mega-churches,” the vast majority of Southern Baptist churches run less than two hundred in weekly worship. No two Southern Baptist churches are alike; but there are certain commonalities that bind Southern Baptists together, regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, language, size, or locale. What we offer here is an overview to help tell the story of what God is doing in and through the people called Southern Baptists.
Southern Baptists are as varied and diverse as the cities, towns, neighborhoods, and rural communities where they live.
Southern Baptist churches represent a broad range in . . .
- size—very small to very large
- culture—Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western, and every subculture within each region
- age—youthful church plants to historical organizations
- ministry setting—inner-city, storefront, suburban, small town, open countryside, cowboy, motorcycle
- race and ethnicity—Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, Korean, Chinese, Native American, Russian, and numerous other ethnic groups
- language—The Lord is worshipped in more than one hundred languages each Sunday in Southern Baptist churches scattered across the United States
- worship style—traditional, contemporary, and everything in between
- theological perspective—all within the framework of historic biblical orthodoxy.
What do Southern Baptists believe?
Southern Baptists believe that the Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to mankind, with His ultimate revelation being the Gospel message of redemption through Jesus Christ.
For that reason, Southern Baptists have summarized their biblical convictions in a confession of faith called The Baptist Faith and Message. The BF&M represents the consensus of “certain definite doctrines that Baptists believe, cherish, and with which they have been and are now closely identified.”
The first five articles of The Baptist Faith and Message affirm historical, orthodox, evangelical beliefs concerning The Scriptures, the Person and Works of God, the nature and fall of Man, God’s gracious provision of
Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone, and God’s Purpose of Grace—that God is the One who initiates and completes the work of salvation.
The next six articles affirm historical, biblical Baptist positions on the Church, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, the Lord’s Day, the Kingdom, the doctrine of Last Things, and Evangelism and Missions.
The final seven articles summarize a number of distinctively Southern Baptist commitments to Christian Higher Education, Stewardship, Cooperation, The Christian and the Social Order, Peace and War, Religious Liberty, and The Family.
The entire Baptist Faith and Message is available online at SBC.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp.