First Baptist Church was chartered in 1845. Our church is almost
as old as the town of Murphy and is as old as the Southern
Baptist Convention. The church has occupied three places of
worship. The first one, built in 1846, was probably a log
structure, which was later weather-boarded and another room
added. The cemetery of this first church is still on the corner
of McClelland & Hickory Streets. As time progressed, however, so
did the church; with this growth more and more room was
1927, a beautiful Greek style building, red brick with huge
white pillars, sculptured marble, and stained glass windows was
erected on Peachtree Street. The people would experience great
sacrifice before the building debt was paid. During nearly 50
years at that location, many were saved, baptized, married,
children dedicated, and attended funerals of loved ones and
the late 1960s, it was apparent another move was needed. The old
building was bought and torn down by Wachovia Bank. However, the
chandeliers, stained glass windows and pews would be used in the
chapel of the new church, which was erected in 1971.
No one who was a member of the church then can forget
the night they left the old church to dedicate the new one. The
last prayer was offered and as the church body left the
Peachtree premises carrying lighted candles and singing "Onward
Christian Soldiers", they made their way through town, across
the bridge, headed for the new place of worship--and there
continued to work for the Glory of God.
Our church has been blessed by strong pastoral
leadership, faithful leaders, and a visionary membership. From
the beginning, Murphy First Baptist goals have been to advance
the kingdom of God through the preaching and teaching of the
Lord Jesus Christ and to provide a place for believers to meet
together. In preaching, teaching, singing, praying and preparing
themselves for soul winning and service to others, their vision
has always included not only Murphy, but also the world.
Our church provides a wide variety of ministries to the
entire family in areas of worship, Bible study, mission
activities, age-graded choirs, youth programs, and discipleship.
MISSION STATEMENT OF MURPHY FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
purpose of Murphy First Baptist church is to magnify the name of
God by bringing people to Jesus and membership in His family,
developing them to Christ like maturity and equipping them for
their ministry in the church and life mission in the world.
following core values express how our church seeks to accomplish
her purpose statement:
Core Value 1
the name of God. " We do this through worship. This
includes both corporate and personal worship. The greatest
command in the Bible is to love God with all our heart, and we
do that by worshiping Him. Our corporate worship with God's
people is also enhanced when we participate in personal worship.
A personal intimacy with God develops and grows in worship.
Worship gives us power to live on.
Core Value 2
"Membership in His Church.
" We do this through
incorporation into the fellowship of God's people. Every
believer is to have a sense ofbelonging to a family where he/she
is loved, cared for and supported. We encourage every member to
belong to a small group so that you can begin to form
relationships. Fellowship gives us people to live with.
Core Value 3
"Developing them to Christ like maturity.
" We do this through
discipleship. This church encourages every believer to engage in
the process of an ever deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
This includes learning to apply spiritual disciplines as well as
biblical truths. Discipleship gives us principles to live by.
Core Value 4
"Ministry in the church.
" We do this through
service to others. God equips every believer with spiritual
gifts. Members are expected to use their spiritual gifts to
benefit the body of Christ. God has designed the church in such
a way that every believer is vital and necessary for the church
to function effectively. Service gives us a profession to live
Core Value 5
"Mission in the world. " We do this through evangelism.
First, evangelism is to be personal. That means every believer
has the privilege of sharing his/her faith with others. Second,
evangelism is to be intentional. Every believer is to focus on
sharing the gospel. Third, evangelism is to be relational. We
share Christ out of our relationship with others. Evangelism
gives us a purpose to live for.