Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle
The Oldest African-American Baptist Church in Lower Westchester County
Founded July 1888
"The Church With The Healing Touch"
Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle
71 Lincoln Avenue
New Rochelle, New York 10801
Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle believes in the inerrant Word of God, the One True God, the Incarnate Christ, the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the resurrection of the dead, the Second Coming of Christ and all believers living eternally with God.
THE ARTICLES OF FAITH
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.
The True God
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 Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
The Fall of Man
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.
God's Purpose of Grace
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.
The Way of Salvation
We believe 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 that tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.
We believe 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 is a personal act, prompted by the Holy Spirit within the heart of the believer. Repentance consists of being godly sorrowful for personal sin, recognizing that one's personal sin is an offense to God and ruinous to the soul. Repentance is accompanied with great humiliation, in view of one's sins and guilt, together with prayer for pardon. Since none are sinless in this life, repentance has to be repeated often.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Faith is the medium through which Christ is received by the human soul as its sacrifice and Savior. Faith is an assent of the mind and consent of the heart, consisting mainly of belief and trust in God. By faith, the believer is brought into vital relation with God, freely justified, and lives as seeing Him who is invisible. Faith cannot save, but it reveals Christ to the soul as a willing and sufficient Savior and causes the person to commit the heart and life to Christ.
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 the Scriptures teach that Adoption is a gracious act by which God accepts believers into the estate and condition of being His children by a new and spiritual birth. Adoption, which occurs through the Holy Spirit, allows new believers to become members of the Family of God and entitles them to all the rights, privileges, and promises which belong to God's children. We also believe that through adoption, believers become heirs and joint-heirs with Christ.
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.
The Perseverance of Saints
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.
The Law and The Gospel
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.
A Gospel 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; 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 by immersion in water, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Christian Baptism is symbolic of a believer's identification with Christ in His suffering, burial, and resurrection. We believe that baptism is required for believers to enjoy the privileges of a church relation and the receiving of the Lord's Supper.
The Lord's Supper
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Lord's Supper, the bread and the fruit of the cup, is symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The Lord's Supper is a memorial whereby believers remember the suffering and death of their Lord. By receiving the Lord's Supper, believers vicariously, join in with the suffering, death, and resurrection of their Lord.
The Christian Sabbath
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.
Righteous And Wicked
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.
The World To Come
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.
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Bethesda exists to glorify God by reaching, teaching, and motivating people to become genuine followers of Jesus Christ.
Everyone is welcomed!
8:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Bible Study
9:30 a.m. Morning Worship
71 Lincoln Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
(914) 632-6713 - Office
(914) 632-4501 - Fax