About the Church

Our Identity

We Are American Baptists and as Baptist brothers and sisters around the world, we believe:

  • That the Bible is the final authority and trustworthy for faith and practice. It is to be interpreted responsibly under the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit within the community of faith;
  • That the Church is a gathered fellowship of regenerated believers, a sign of the coming universal reign of God;
  • That the freedom to respond to the Lordship of Christ in all circumstances is fundamental to the Christian gospel and to human dignity; and
  • That witness to Christ is the ongoing task of every Christian and of every church.

 Within the larger Baptist family, American Baptists emphasize convictions which direct our special task and ministry.

Who We Are

We affirm that God through Jesus Christ calls us to be:

  • A Redeemed People who claim a personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ.
  • A Biblical People who affirm the centrality of Scripture in our lives.
  • A Worshiping People who gather regularly to praise God.
  • A Mission People who strive to fulfill the Great Commission to make disciples.
  • An Interdependent People who affirm the Church’s unity as given in Jesus Christ;
  • A Caring People who care for the needy, the weak, and the oppressed;
  • An Inclusive People who, gifted by a variety of backgrounds, find unity in diversity and diversity in unity.

Facts about American Baptists

American Baptists believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, and that the Bible is the divinely inspired word of God that serves as the final written authority for living out the Christian faith.
For American Baptists the local church is the fundamental unit of mission in denominational life.
American Baptists partake of two ordinances: believers’ baptism and The Lord’s Supper.
Baptism, an act of full immersion following Christ’s example, is undertaken by those spiritually mature enough to understand its profound, symbolic significance: resurrection to new life in Christ. Through The Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, the bread and cup that symbolize the broken body and shed blood offered by Christ recall God’s great love for us—just as they did for the disciples on the eve of Christ’s crucifixion.
American Baptists believe that the committed individual Christian can and should approach God directly and that individual gifts of ministry should be shared.
American Baptists take seriously the call to evangelism and missionary work.
American Baptists support religious freedom and respect the expressions of faith of others.
American Baptists acknowledge that God’s family extends beyond our local churches and that God calls us to cooperative ministries.
American Baptists have been called to be Christ’s witnesses for justice and wholeness within a broken society.
American Baptist Churches USA celebrates the racial, cultural and theological diversity witnessed within its membership.
American Baptists heed the biblical call to renewal and the need for a vital witness in a new millennium. As people of faith, American Baptists seek renewal and revitalization.

The Church Covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on the
profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father and the son and the Holy Ghost, we do
now, in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with
one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love:
To strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort:
To promote its prosperity and spirituality:
To sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines:
To give it a sacred pre-eminence over all institutions of human origin:
To contribute cheerful and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church and the spread of the gospel through all nations:
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions:
To religiously educate our children:
To seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances:
To walk circumspectly in the world:
To be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment:
To avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger:
To abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage and be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour:
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love:
To remember each other in prayer:
To aid each other in sickness and distress:
To cultivate Christian sympathy in feelings and courtesy in speech:
To be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Saviour, to secure it without delay:
We moreover engage, that when we move from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s word.

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