Having been led by the Spirit of God to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, we solemnly and joyfully agree together in His presence:
That we will wholeheartedly strive to keep the two commandments stressed by Jesus: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all they soul, and with all thy mind. And Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself;”
That we will meet here regularly for the public worship of God; that we will seek fulfillment of the task of the Church through knowledge, reverence, and service; that we will give generously, as faithful stewards of the Lord, to support the ministry of the Church, to relieve suffering and want, and to spread the Gospel to all peoples;
That we will study the Bible regularly, to understand more perfectly the life and teachings of Jesus, surrendering ourselves ever more fully to His will for us; that we will discipline ourselves in mind and body; that we will diligently perform our share in the work of the Church;
That we will pray for guidance of the Holy Spirit to bring others and ourselves into a closer relation to the Savior, to His Way and to Eternal Life;
That should we move away, we will endeavor to unite promptly with a church near our new town;
And that always we will humbly and earnestly seek to live to the glory of Him who hath called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
What We Believe
1. God; Jesus; Holy Spirit:
We believe in the one God in three persons: Father, the creator who desires to be in a relationship with humanity, Son, the savior and author of our lives, and the Holy Spirit, the ever present God who comforts and counsels us.
2. The Bible and its use:
We customarily use the NIV and King James versions. We tend to rely more on the NIV Bible as we believe it more accurately translates the Word. We believe that the Bible is God inspired and written by man, and contains all we need to believe and practice our faith in Jesus.
3. Believer’s Baptism; Lord’s Supper:
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper and two practices ordained by Jesus that witness to the grace of God. By practicing these ordinances in community, we witness the reality of God’s grace to those around us. However, we do believe that one should only participate in the Lord’s Supper after being baptized into the faith at an age adequate to make that decision openly and freely, normally age 12
4. The purpose, place and mission of the church in today’s society:
The great commission given by Jesus is for us to go and make disciples of all people. We believe it is also our purpose to help and support others, not only in our church family, but those in our community.
5. The role of the laity; the role of the minister:
We believe that all people are called to minister in the name of Jesus. Some are called to the role of ordained pastor. We turn to our pastor for education, guidance, knowledge, nurturing in the faith. We do not see the pastor as “God like.” It is the job of the laity to use what we have learned and to go forth and minister to others. We believe that the pastor and the laity must work together to create a successful church atmosphere.
6. Soul Liberty:
We fully believe in Soul Liberty. It is one of our most precious gifts as Baptist believers to have the freedom to explore and learn holy scriptures on our own. To be allowed our own interpretation and be able to have a different opinion from one another is one of our greatest strengths.
7. The autonomy of the local congregation (no hierarchy):
Again, we enjoy and believe in this freedom. The ability to govern ourselves in our practices and beliefs.
8. The priesthood of all believers:
The scriptures clearly state that all believers are priests in the eyes of God and directs each of us to minister in the name of Jesus with whatever gifts the Spirit has granted us. We believe that each church does need a pastor, priest, etc. to lead and teach their congregations.
9. The Associational Principle:
The denomination has been in association almost from the beginning for the mutual benefit of the individual churches and for the greater benefit of the mission work of the church. To what end, we fell it is important for the local churches to prayfully and financially support the regional and national organizations which are in place to support the ministry of the local churches.
10. Your commitment in support of American Baptist Churches/USA:
11. Your relationship with the ecumenical witness:
We believe that Jesus meant the church to be a body of all believers, we think it is important for all Christian churches to look more at what they biblically have in common, and less at what man has created to divide them. A bond of ecumenical acceptance can only strengthen our witness of Jesus Christ.