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Based on the New Hampshire Baptist Confession of 1833.
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgressions fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Saviour.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood; by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith, and newness of life.
We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest and king, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour.
We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.
We believe the Scriptures teach that such only are real believers as endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arise entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.
We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons whose Qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day, or Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations, by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public, and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.
We believe the Scriptures teach that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the Kings of the earth.
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day, Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.
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 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 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 engagement, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from sale of, an use of, intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to be zealous in our 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 offence, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that, when we remove from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church of like faith and order, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and principles of God's Word.
On April 10, 1952, five lettered and former members of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 1918 Division Street, organized Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. To this five, twenty-five members from Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 807 North Garrison were joined and Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church was officially founded. Minister A.M. Jones assumed the Pastorate.
On May 17, 1953, the church moved to 2722 Thomas Street. The condition of the building caused a move from this site to 2838 Thomas. The membership grew to seventy-five members. Minister A.M. Jones resigned as Pastor in 1954.
Minister Henry Williams accepted the Pastorate on November 15, 1954 and the membership reflected steady growth. This growth forced a move to 629 North Vandeventer and later to 5514 Easton Avenue. During this time, various groups and auxiliaries were added to the church.
As the Lord added to the church, it was quickly realized that more space was needed and property at 1524-26 Belt Avenue was purchased. After this purchase, the membership's growth, and the need to be a 'Shining Beacon' in the community, plans were begun to build a new edifice for worship. On October 22, 1957, incorporation papers were drawn up and on July 18, 1959, St. Louis Builders, Inc., was given the contract to build. In March, 1960, Pastor Williams and the 250 members marched into the new edifice. A month long celebration followed.
Pastor Williams' Pastorate ended in September, 1967 and Minister R. James Glasco was called to lead the flock. Many needs were met and more visions were presented. A Christian Education Program was envisioned, along with a place to conduct these programs. The 685 members were in need of space for the expansion of more services, with an eye on the youth in the church, and the community at large, as well.
It was decided that this building program would be implemented in two phases. The first phase (offices, classrooms, a kitchen, and a multi-purpose assembly area on the lower level) was completed in December, 1985. The second phase is part of the church's continued visionary program.
Before Pastor Glasco's demise, February, 1986, more property was purchased, a Second Deed of Trust was paid in full, and our new Educational Wing was blessed and dedicated to "God for His Glory".
June, 1986 Minister Willie Harris assumed the Pastorate. During his term as pastor, a debt liquidation fund was established, more property was aquired, and the Hot Lunch, food baskets and clothing ministries became components of our Mission Outreach Ministry. Minister Harris' pastorate ended after four years and Minister Steve Wooten was called to serve.
September, 1991, marked the beginning of a new leadership vision. Since 1991, a New Member's Class has been created, A Mass Choir, organized, several ministries instituted: Women's Ministry; Overcomers' Ministry; Deacons' and Ministers's Wives Ministry; Youth Ministry and a Minister in Charge. The Audio-Visual Ministry (Sister Margaret Griffin and Brother Hamp Williams instituted this for the Sick and Shut In) is flourishing into an advanced technological work of art.
Pastor Wooten's tenure has experienced physical and spiritual growth. A 29 passenger van and a 15 passenger van were purchased; additional musical instruments were purchased; a revised monthly food and clothing distribution program is in operation, a fellowship meal is provided each Wednesday evening, more parking lot space has been acquired and more is being sought. A newly renovated, ultra-modern kitchen was finished, round tables and different chairs grace the dining/assembly area on the lower level. The Educational Wing was officially named the R. James Glasco Building. To help meet the needs more trustees, deacons, and deacons-in-training and ordained ministers have been added.
God is Truly Blessing us and We are Always Careful to Give Him All The Glory, The Honor, The Praise due His Holy and Matchless Name.