Church membership

At JBC, we believe that God has made us to live life in community! One of the ways we show that we are for one another is by joining together in relationships around our key beliefs. To learn more about what we believe, you can read Our Beliefs or Our Church Covenant right below. 

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If you're interested in learning more about our church, or have questions about membership please contact Pastor Grant!  

Our covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by divine grace to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ, as the one and only Son of God, and to give ourselves completely to Him and having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with each other to walk together in Him with brotherly love to His glory as our common Lord.

Therefore, in His strength we make the following commitments:

We will humbly practice mutual accountability and compassionately care for one another in order to promote the growth of the whole body in Christian knowledge, purity, and love until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity (1 Cor 12:25; Eph 4:13).

We will regularly practice the corporate worship of God and the ordinances of the Church which are Baptism and Communion (Heb 10:24-25).

We will intentionally support and maintain individual spiritual devotion and family discipleship so that our children and those under our care will be led into the service of Christ and the enjoyment of His eternal Kingdom (Deut 6:4-9).

We will cheerfully give of our financial resources for the faithful work of Gospel ministry among us, for the support of the poor, widow, and orphan, and for the promotion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all peoples (Isa 49:6; Matt 28:19-20; 1 Tim 5:17-18; Jas 1:27).

We will cautiously guard against the world’s influences while living faithfully for Christ so that we may effectively bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Tim 1:7; Matt 5:13-14).

We will lovingly encourage and if necessary rebuke one another in the spirit of meekness, keeping watch over ourselves also, lest we too be tempted. We will remind one another that in baptism we have been buried with Christ and raised again so that we have an obligation to walk in the newness of life (Matt 13, James, 5:16, 19-20; Rom 6:4; Gal 6:1; 1Thess 5:11).

We will resolutely protect one another from and personally resist the temptations toward idolatry, pride, jealousy, anger, envy, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, greed, theft, sexual immorality, and addictions – for those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God (Gal 5:19-21; 22-24; 1 Cor 6:9-10).

We will deliberately build up the body by not slandering one another, lying to one another, complaining about one another, nor provoking one another to anger. We will be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being ever mindful of the grace of God that has been lavished upon us all (Gal 5:26; Col 3:9; Jas 4:11, 5:9). 

We will joyfully submit to one another in brotherly love, pray for one another, and aid one another during times of sickness and distress. We will weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice by cultivating feelings of sympathy, compassion, and respect toward one another (Rom 12:15; Eph 5:21).

We dutifully promise that when we remove ourselves from this body we will, as soon as possible, unite with another church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Holy Word. May the God of peace Who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, Our Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the Everlasting Covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen (John 10; Phil 1:6; Heb 13:20; 1 Pet 1:3-5).

Our History

On October 12, 1845, thirty people of mixed racial background chartered “The Baptist Church of Jesus Christ at Jeffersontown.” Today this same church is known as Jeffersontown Baptist Church. For years after the organization, the church met together on the 4th Saturday and Sunday for preaching and fellowship. In the early decades of the church’s history, church discipline was practiced with great frequency. Members were expected to abide by the Church Covenant and those who broke it were reprimanded. Though later members would look back at this era with skepticism, the church’s effort was to establish purity within the church in hopes of honoring Christ.  In 1866 the Church bought the lower level of the Masonic Lodge and began meeting there. For the next 60 years, (until 1926), the Church continued to share the Masonic Lodge with area Masons. In August of 1916, the Church disbanded and then reorganized in order to trim the church roll and reestablish a regenerate church membership. 

In 1924 the church had purchased the property which we occupy today. Church records document 145 members at that time. Construction on the first building began in August of 1926. The first service was held in the basement in December of that year. The first meeting of record held in the sanctuary was on April 8, 1928. Unfortunately, in March of 1937, there was a fire and the building burnt to its foundation. However, the church family remained strong and in 1949 the current building was constructed. In 1963, Sunday School swelled to over 480 attendees, but in a matter of 16 years it had plummeted to approximately 110 members. Over the next three decades, the church’s membership plateaued to 100 - 150 members. In the Church’s history, there were over twenty pastors who served for an average of 2-5 years, while a handful of pastors served longer than 10 years. L. T. Wright and Edward Straney served the church 23 years and 29 years respectively. In the past decade, the church has deliberately focused on more missional activities. The church has supported church members on mission in Kenya, Yemen, South Africa, and Haiti. 

In October of 2008, the church called its 38th pastor, D. Luke Bray. In 2010, the church called Cameron Beckerdite as the Associate Pastor of Worship and Music. Over the last four years, the church has transitioned to an intergenerational Sunday Morning Bible Study and moved toward a more central focus on Missions and Evangelism through the launch of M.O.V.E. This new ministry provides missional focus upon Jeffersontown, Multi-cultural Louisville, North America, and the Ends of the Earth.