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When do we meet?

We meet on Sundays at 10:30 AM.


What should I expect?

We hope our services are simple yet weighty. We hope to mute self and amplify God. We gather to read the Word, pray the Word, sing the Word, hear the Word, and see the Word (in the sacraments of the Lord's Supper and Baptism). 


We celebrate communion every Sunday. If you are a member of an evangelical church living a life of faith and repentance we invite you to commune with us. If you are unsure what an evangelical church is please ask us. Also, be aware that we serve both wine and grape juice.


We recommend that you dress comfortably so as to be able to focus on worshipping God. If you would like to prepare yourself further for our worship gathering, you can read the latest Worship Prep article.


How about kids?

We love for our families to worship together. If needed, a "self-serve" nursery is available where you can listen to live audio from the worship gathering.

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Finding a Church

We believe that finding and joining a church is a serious thing. We want to help you. In addition to trying to communicate as clearly as we can who we are, we recommend the following articles on finding a healthy church:

The most important thing for you to know about a church is what she believes. When you are looking for a church, don't concern yourself so much with the style of music or having the program for you. Don't center your search for a church around yourself. Center it around God. This is what doctrine is, statements about who we believe God to be. The truths in our Affirmation of Faith are not simply statements we hold to, they are truths we love; they concern the God we love. We worship God because of these truths.


Our congregational affirmation of faith attempts to be minimal. We want new Christians to be able to join the church and then grow in their faith and understanding concerning other precious Biblical truths. In addition to this affirmation, our elders (pastors), are Reformed, that is, we believe God sovereignly saves sinners. The elders are currently working on an Elder Confession of Faith. To be a member of FBC Meridian, a person does not have to understand or agree with the elders on all points, but they must agree not to cause any division because of them.


Our church is also:

  • Gospel centered: Christian Smith captured the belief of many contemporary churches with the phrase, “moralistic, therapeutic deism.” Many sermons teeter-totter between moralistic legalism on one hand and feel-good therapy/self-help on the other. The gospel is good news, not good advice. It is the good news about what Jesus has done, not about what we do. The gospel changes everything and underlies and empowers all of our God-glorifying obedience. The gospel is not something we advance from, but only advance into (1 Corinthians 2:1; 15:1-2; Galatians 6:14).
  • Elder led: God’s plan is for a plurality (Acts 14:23; Philippians 1:1; James 5:14) of spiritually qualified (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9) men to lead a church. They are called by three interchangeable names in Scripture: elders, overseers, and pastors.
  • Committed to expository preaching: God gave us His Word not as a fragmentary collection of pithy sayings, but as whole books, letters, and collections of psalms and proverbs. They are meant to be read, interpreted, and preached as such. While we may occasionally look at a specific topic in the Scripture, all our preaching follows the text verse by verse so that the point of the text is the point of the sermon. The normal diet of our sheep is to go through whole books of the Bible verse by verse, week after week because we believe the sheep need the whole Word of God, and that God knows what we need better than we do.
  • Family focused: Much that is said to be family friendly in churches only divides families further. We want to see fathers leading, parents instructing, and families worshiping together. Because this is very different from many churches we recommend you read this article (and this one too) by one of our elders to our church body explaining why we want our children in the worship service.
  • Relational: We believe that disciples make disciples, not programs. Disciples are discipled and make disciples; any other idea of being a Christian is a contradiction. We value one-on-one discipleship and deep relationships in LifeGroups. To understand the depth of commitment we strive for reference our Church Covenant.