Our Values: What do we want to Cherish and nurture.
About God- God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God (Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2, II Corinthians 13:14).
About Jesus Christ- Jesus Christ is God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus, born to a virgin, lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13).
About the Holy Spirit- The Holy Spirit is God. He is co-equal with the Father and Jesus Christ. He makes people aware of their need for Jesus Christ, and He lives in every Christian with Power and guidance for doing what is right and with understanding of Christian truth. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians, we are to seek to live under His control daily (II Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16-17, 16:7-13, Acts 1:8, I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25).
About the Bible- The Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to man. We believe the Bible has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter. It is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; John 5:39; Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:105).
About Mankind- Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in his own image, and in that Christ died for man, therefore, every person possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love (Genesis 1:26-30; Psalm 8:5-6).
About Sin- Adam, the first man, sinned by disobeying God. This act resulted in the fall of mankind, meaning that all people have sinned and lost their ability to live in perfect obedience to God. Sin separates people from God for eternity and causes many problems in life (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-23, 5:12-21, 6:23).
About Salvation- Salvation is a free gift of God and we can never earn or deserve it by good works. We receive this free gift by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness and by accepting Jesus Christ’s leadership in our lives (Ephesians 2:8-10; II Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:9-10).
About Eternal Security- Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot lose it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God that gives us this security (John 10:29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; I Peter 1:3-5).
About the Church- The church is the body of Christ and the family of God. It is made up of saved and baptized believers who celebrate God’s presence [worship], demonstrate God’s love [ministry], communicate God’s Word [evangelism], incorporate God’s family [fellowship], and educate God’s people [discipleship] (Matthew 4:10, 16:18, 22:36-40, 28:19-30; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Hebrews 6:1, 10:25; Psalm 122:1, John 13:35, Ephesians 2:10).
About Evangelism- It is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to seek to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
About Eternity- People are created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence (John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; I Corinthians 2:7-9; Revelation 20:15).
About the Home- In addition to these important beliefs, we also believe that God has given the parents and the home the responsibility to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4; Proverbs 22:6).
About Prayer- Prayer is communicating with God. Prayer is both listening to God and speaking with God. It is intimate fellowship between God and the believer. Prayer is an attitude of our hearts and our minds. To pray is to give Jesus permission to use His power in our lives to glorify God (I Chronicles 16:11; II Chronicles 7:14; Jeremiah 29:13; Luke 11:2, 18:1; John 16:24; Ephesians 6:18; I Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:16; I John 5:14-15).
Clint grew up in Atlanta and Woodstock Ga. He met and married Peggy while attending and playing football at the University of West Georgia. He worked for Campus Outreach for 25 years, starting the Campus Outreach Atlanta region. He grew the ministry from the ground up into a thriving college ministry at many campuses in and around Atlanta. Clint and Peggy have three kids and also a golden retriever named Avery. They previously lived in Dupont Commons for 10 years until moving to Chamblee in 2014. After being called to pastor FBCC, The Watsons moved to Whittier Mill neighborhood in July 2016.
First Baptist Church Chattahoochee had its beginning in the year 1881, known as Antioch Church. The church then was housed in a small one-room framed structure located in a grove of trees where the fire station presently stands on Main Street. This church disbanded in 1887, and moved to Cox Crossroads which is now the intersection of Moores Mill and Howell Mill Roads. The church was known then as Seven Miles Church as it was seven miles from Atlanta. This attempt at forming a church was thwarted due to the distance that the people in Whittier Mill Village had to travel.
In 1897, Rev. William Tuck Sammons led a group from Seven Miles Church to organize and constitute a new church. This group met under a big oak tree near the Broadbrent house located near Whittier Mill. After hearing a challenging message by the Reverend S. L. Harris, this group completed the removal from Seven Miles Church and they called themselves the New Antioch Baptist Church. The new congregation met in different homes until the building of Chattahoochee School was completed in 1899, when they began meeting on the top floor of the school.
In 1903, the members of New Antioch Baptist Church decided to construct their own place of worship. It was requested of Mr. Harry English of Chattahoochee Brick Company, that he donate land on which the church could be constructed. Mr. English provided the land that the church presently stands on, and the first building to go up was a white frame structure. It was completed and dedicated to the Lord on the first Sunday in May, 1905.
On January 19, 1941, plans were begun to build a larger sanctuary to be located at the front of the white frame building. J. L. Haynie was the architect for the project and his father, A. C. Haynie, was chosen as the builder of what is presently the sanctuary for FBC Chattahoochee. Dedication of the new sanctuary was on September 6, 1942, when the cornerstone was laid in the afternoon. At this time the name of the church was changed from New Antioch to the First Baptist Church, Chattahoochee, Georgia and later to FBC Chattahoochee.
Through the years many godly and committed men have led our church as pastors. We are so indebted to each of them for their dedication and selfless service as each man brought unique gifts and abilities to help our church follow God’s will. On August 1, 2008 Jim Haskell was called as Lead Pastor FBCC. Jim was used to make new inroads into the community, reconnecting the church to the neighborhood.
This led to the call for Cameron Ford to be the next pastor. He and his family moved in to the neighborhood in 2010 with the vision to lead FBCC back to its roots as a neighborhood church. It was the desire of Cameron and the congregation to be the ‘hands and feet” of Jesus to our community and to mobilize our neighborhood to be on Mission with God so that our next century of service is even more effective than the last. After sensing a call to more schooling, Cameron left FBCC in June of 2013 to attend the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. After his departure, the church called Kevin Cuthbertson to be the senior pastor. Kevin and his family accepted the call to FBCC on July 7th, 2013 and shepherded our church for 3 years. In July of 2017, the church called Clint Watson to be the senior pastor. God has been faithful, is being faithful, and will be faithful to build this church as He sees fit. May He use this church for His glory and His renown for many years to come.
Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
For the Advancement of This Church
We engage, therefore by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines.
As Christian Stewards
To contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered, to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
Alone and at Home
We also engage to maintain family and personal devotion; to educate our children religiously; to seek salvation of our kindred and acquaintances.
Before the World
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God.
Toward One Another
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay.
When We Move
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.