At New Bethesda, we seek to be an exciting fellowship of Christians dedicated to exalting Christ and reaching lost souls. We desire to be biblically directed and relevant, growing and maturing Christians who are comprehensively addressing the needs of the families of our community. As evidence of our following the Lord’s will in this mission, an increasing number of people will be engaged in the life and ministry of our church.
Statement of Faith
The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God. The church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of the Baptist Faith and Message of 1963. We band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind. The ordinances of the church are baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.
Polity: The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose it. It is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body but it recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation which are common among Southern Baptist churches.
Doctrine: This church receives the Scriptures as its authority in matters of faith and practice. Its understanding of Christian truth as contained therein is in essential accord with the belief of Southern Baptist churches as mentioned in the Statement of Faith.
The Church Covenant
Having been led as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, and this assembly, more solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We engage by the aid of the Holy Spirit to work together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of God’s kingdom through this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and doctrines, to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, 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 ungodly anger; to abstain from the sale of, and use of substances which would hinder our witness and efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We also engage that when we leave 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.