OUR FAITH & OUR COVENANT

Our Faith

1. We believe that love one for another as Jesus loves the believer manifests our discipleship, proves our love for God
and symbolizes our authority as New Testament churches. Love is therefore the Great Commandment of the LORD
Jesus Christ upon which all others are dependent. (Matt. 22:35-40; John 13:34, 35; John 15:12; 1 John 4:7-21;
I John 5:1-3; Rev. 2:4,5).
2. We believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration of the whole Bible and that the Bible is the all-sufficient rule of faith and
practice(Psalm 119:160; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17).
3. We believe in the personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in divine perfection (Matt. 28:19).
4. We believe in the Genesis account of Creation (Gen. 1;2).
5. We believe that Satan is a fallen angel , the archenemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, and that his
destiny is the eternal lake of fire (Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:11-19; Matt. 25:41; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 6:10-17; Rev. 20:10).
6. We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:18-20; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22).
7. We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 10:30; John 1:1, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19).
8. We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Administrator for Jesus Christ in His churches (Luke 24:49; John 14:16,17;
Acts 1:4,5,8; Acts 2:1-4).
9. We believe that miraculous spiritual manifestation gifts were done away when the Bible was completed. Faith, Hope,
and Love are the vital abiding Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor. chapters 12-14).
10. We believe that Man was created in the image of God and lived in innocency until he fell by voluntary transgression
from his sinless state, the result being that all mankind are sinners (Gen. 1:26; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12, 19).
11. We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ was substitutionary for all mankind and is efficacious only to
those who believe (Isa. 53:6; Heb 2:9. 1 Peter 2:24;1 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2).
12. We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints (Matt. 28:1-7;
Acts 1: 9-11; 1 Cor. 15:42-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).
13. We believe in the premillennial, personal, bodily return of Christ as the crowning event of the Gentile age. This event
will include the resurrection of the righteous to eternal heaven, and the Millennium will be followed by the resurrection of
the unrighteous unto eternal punishment in the lake of fire and that the righteous shall enter into the heaven age
(John 14:1-6; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 19; Rev. 20:4-6; Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21:8).
14. We believe that the depraved sinner is saved wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and the requisites to
regeneration are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21;
Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8,9) and that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, and indwells every believer
(John 3:6; John 16:8,9; Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:5).
15. We believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in Him and shall not perish (John 3:36;
John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:35-39; Heb. 10:39; 1 Peter 1:5).
16. We believe that God deals with believers as His children, that He chastises the disobedient, and that He rewards the
obedient (Matt. 16:27; Matt. 25:14-23; John 1:12; Heb. 12:5-11; 2 John 8; Rev. 22:12).
17. We believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His ministry on earth and that it is always a local, visible
assembly of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it.
We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to the New Testament churches only, and that He promised the
perpetuity of His churches (Matt. 4:18-22; Matt. 16:18; Matt. 28:19,20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Eph. 3:21).
18. We believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord's churches: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Scriptural
baptism is the immersion of penitent believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament church in the
name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord's Supper is a memorial ordinance, restricted to the members of the
church observing the ordinance (Matt. 28:19,20; Acts 8:12,38; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 5:11-13; 1 Cor. 11:1,2,17-20,26).
19. We believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church, pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose
qualifications are set forth in Titus and 1 Timothy.
20. We believe that all associations, fellowships, and committees are, and properly should be, servants of, and under
control of the churches (Matt. 20:25-28).
21. We believe in freedom of worship without interference from the government and affirm our belief in civil obedience,
unless the laws and regulations of civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures (Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15).

 

Our 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 of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God 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, and 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 excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of, and use of, intoxicating drinks as a
beverage; to 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 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 Saviour 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 where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.

ABOUT US

CEDAR CREEK MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH IS LOCATED IN PALESTINE, TX.

ADDRESS

8413 FM 322

PALESTINE, TX 75801

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