Burnett Avenue Missionary Baptist Church Beliefs
The Christian Sabbath
We believe that the Christian Sabbath, the Lord’s Day, is the first day of the week and that the Church should set this day aside for religious observances including but not limited to: Training, worship, prayer, praise, fellowship and other religious activities related to the Church. Scriptural References: Psalm 118:24; Isa. 58:13-14; Acts 20:7; Heb. 1:24-25.
Principles of The 10 Commandments
God must be first, nothing shall be made in His likeness, and Thou shall not take the name of the Lord in vain. The first day of the week is the Lord’s day and it shall be set aside for worship, praise and matters pertaining to the Lord’s service and His Church. Honor thy father and thy mother. Thou shall not commit adultery. Thou shall not kill, steal or bear false witness against anyone. Thou shall not desire another man’s wife, his house or anything else that he owns. Scriptural References: Ex. 20:1-17.
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 of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 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 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 to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in Christian love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and 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 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.