What We Believe
What We Believe
This church accepts the Bible as the inspired Word of God, providing the only sufficient and perfect rule of faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16, Matthew 24:35, John 5:39 & 2 Peter 1:21)
The Church does not subscribe to a formal creed, but as a summary of general principles for Christian belief and conduct among its members, it has adopted the Church Covenant.
Our Church Covenant
As we trust we have been brought by divine grace to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ,
and by the influence of the Holy Spirit give ourselves to Christ,
we do now with the help of God, our Father, solemnly covenant with each other that:
We will watch over one another in Christian love,
remember each other in prayer,
aid each other in sickness and distress,
cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech, avoid gossip,
be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation,
and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay;
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together,
nor prove untrue to the scriptural injunction to “pray without ceasing”
both for ourselves and others;
We will participate in each other’s joys,
and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy, to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows;
We will earnestly seek to bring up those who may be under our care,
in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
We will strive always to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called;
We will by united effort, seek to maintain an evangelical ministry among us
by contributing regularly to the expenses of the Church, and its benevolences;
We will by personal and associated example and endeavor,
strive to win souls to Christ and proclaim the Gospel throughout the world;
We will in our personal lives, as a church, and in cooperation with others,
pray and work for justice, peace, and reconciliation among all people for the sake of God’s kingdom,
and seek to serve others in need, locally and globally;
We will as soon as possible when we remove from this place, unite with another church,
where we can carry out the spirit of this Covenant and the principles of God’s Word;
We will seek always to live unto the glory of Him who called us
out of darkness into His marvelous light.
There are some beliefs and practices that differentiate American Baptists from other Protestant denominations:
Believers Baptism ... a person is baptized when he or she has come to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord of life and Savior from sins
Baby Dedication ... infants are not baptized but rather dedicated in a service where parents and congregation pledge to raise a child in the knowledge of the Lord.
No creed ... American Baptists do not profess a creed. Each person has freedom of belief.
Communion ... Communion is celebrated in memory of Christ and His last supper.