Patuxent Baptist Church
Who We Are
We believe that the winning of souls is the most important endeavor of our church.
We believe in propagating missions at home (Acts 1:8) and abroad (foreign)(Matthew 28:18-20).
It is our firm conviction that the Lord will come at any moment to receive His own. His coming for the saints precedes the tribulation, after which He will come with His saints to reign (The Millennial Reign) for a thousand years.
We are founded on the Word of God. We believe the Bible is God's inspired, infallible Word. We seek to follow the New Testament pattern.
We believe in the absolute autonomy (self-government) of the local body, and we believe that the local church should be governed by the authority of God's Word under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
If the Center Piece of Your Worship is not the Word of God through Christ Jesus, then You are not Worshipping God.
This congregation accepts the Bible as its sole authority in matters of faith and practice. We believe the total inspiration of both the Old and New Testaments. We do not, and shall never accept the New International Version, the Revised Standard Version, the New English Version of the Bible, nor any other version such as the Good News for Modern Man, other than for reference or commentary purposes. The authorized version (AV.), King James Version, shall be the official and only translation used by the Church (II Peter 1:20-21). This is for the purpose of cohesiveness and uniformity that it is and shall remain God's effective Word for the English-speaking world. We will teach and preach the truths as true Independent, Fundamental Baptists. For years the Independent Fundament Baptists have taught with special emphasis upon the need to return to New Testament doctrine, fellowship, discipline, organization and holy living for all believers. The exposure of the apostasy, which is ever engulfing and polluting Christianity; and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. We do not now, and will not ever be a part of the ecumenical or modern day charismatic movement (Rev. 17, I Cor. 13:8).
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were inspired of God, that the original writings were inerrant and that they are of supreme and final authority. We further believe that God is capable and has kept His word perfect and intact down through the ages. God's Word, as we have it in the King James Version (the AV.), is complete, total, inerrant, infallible and preserved. It is His written revelation to man. In the Bible we have everything that He cares to reveal to man. Within the Bible itself, God has made it evident that He has given to us everything that we need to lead a Spirit-filled life. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used by the church. (II Peter 1:21, II Tim. 3:16-17
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life, which define man's responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations ( the Age of the Law, the Age of the Church and the Age of the Kingdom) are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture. (Gen. 1:28; I Cor. 9:17; II Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; Col. 1:24-25,27; Rev. 20:2-6)
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfection. God is Creator of the universe; He is perfect in Holiness, omniscient, rich in grace, supreme in love and omnipotent. God is merciful in the affairs of mankind, He hears and answers prayers and He saves from sin and death all that come to Him through Jesus Christ. God is one, no more and no less; God the Father, God the Son(Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit. ( Gen. 1:1; Gen. 1:28; Matt. 3:16-17; Matt. 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; I Cor. 9:17; II Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25,27; Rev. 20:2-6)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, has no beginning or end. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. Jesus Christ is the founder and Chief Cornerstone of this church. (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; 14:2; II Cor. 5:5-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice. Our justification is made sure by His literal physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; I Peter 1:3-5)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative Intercessor and Advocate. No man or priest has the ability to usurp Christ's position. (Isa. 7:14; Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; I John 2:1-2)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, indwelling and sealing the believers unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; II COR. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14)
We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures. It is the privilege and duty of all the believers to be filled with the Spirit. (Eph. 1:17,18; 5:18; I John 2:20,27)
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, missionaries and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Rom. 12:3-8; I COR. 12:4-11,28; Eph. 4:7-12)
We believe that man was created in the image of God that he sinned, which incurred not only an eventual physical death but also an immediate spiritual death (which causes separation from God). All human beings are born with a sinful nature and are now sinners by birth and by choice, positively inclined to evil and are therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin and hell without defense or excuse. Man is totally depraved and is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:17 Psalms 51:5; Rom. 1:20; 3:22-23; 5:12-21; 6:23; I COR. 2:14; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19)
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins. (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; I Pet. 1:18-19)
We believe that immersion is the only form of baptism revealed and commanded in the Scriptures. The new birth, which comes through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, is the Scriptural prerequisite to baptism. We believe baptism has no saving power, since it is only for those who are capable of believing for themselves, and who are already saved. It is being obedient to Jesus Christ in identifying with His death, burial and resurrection. (MATT. 3:13-16; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-5; Eph. 4:15; I Peter 3:21)
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept saved by the saving power of our Lord Jesus Christ and thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1,38-39; I COR. 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5)
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)
We believe that a church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of 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. The Church offices are pastor and deacon whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the Church is to worship and adore God and to be faithful witnesses of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy, individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit. It is scriptural for the true churches to cooperate with each other in teaching the faith and for furtherance of the Gospel. Each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. The will of the local church is final on all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline and benevolence. (Acts 2; Matt. 16:15-18; 28:19-20)
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations are commanded of God. (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; II COR. 6:14-7:1; II Tim. 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11)
We believe in that “Blessed Hope”, the personal, imminent return of Christ who will rapture His Church prior to the sever-year tribulation period. At the end of the tribulation Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom that was promised to the nation of Israel. (Psalm 89:3-4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; I Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 26:1-6)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13)
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; II COR. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; I Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6)
We believe that the souls of the unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection when the soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire not to be annihilated; but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; II Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15)
We believe that the Lord's Supper is a memorial of the death of Christ and that only those who have been saved through faith in His atoning blood and are walking in obedient fellowship with Him ought to partake of it. We further believe that only Christians in good standing with the Lord should partake of the Lord's Supper. “Patuxent Baptist Church practices closed communion”. (I Cor. 11:23-32; Matt. 26:26-28)
NOTE: See Article VI - 1.
We believe that the Bible teaches that only men should hold the following two offices of the church: Pastor and Deacon. (Phil. 1:1, I Tim. 3)
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the primary influence in the fall of man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; ISA. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10)
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. (Genesis 1-2; Ex. 20:11)
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: the home, the church and the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-25; Heb. 13:17; I Peter 2:13-14)
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex. Any employee of the church becoming pregnant or causing pregnancy as a result of consensual intercourse, outside of the marriage relationship, shall be terminated from employment. (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; I COR. 5:1; 6:9; I Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)
We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; I Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)
We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church. (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; I Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12)
We believe that God intends a marriage to last until one of the spouses die. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the Church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon. (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; I Tim 3:2,12; Titus 1:6)
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Psalms 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1,5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)
We believe that God has given the church a Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:20)
We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian's insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. (I Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32)
We believe that every Christian, as steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as basis for giving but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the Church, the relief of those in need and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made. (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3: 9-10; Acts 4:34-37; I Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; I Tim. 5:17-18; I John 3:17)
The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe; however, that the foregoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible; and therefore, is binding upon all members. All literature used in the church shall be in complete agreement with the Statement of Faith.
At any church service or meeting, membership shall be extended to all who have had and whose lives evidence a genuine experience of regeneration through faith in and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior. Who fully subscribe to the Statement of Faith contained herein; and who enter into the church covenant contained herein; and upon compliance with any one of the following conditions:
By baptism (immersion) in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Ghost (Matt. 28:19) by the authority of Patuxent Baptist Church or another Baptist church of like faith and doctrine.
By letter of transfer from another Baptist Bible-believing church of like faith and practice, or other written statement of good standing from the prior church if the applicant has been baptized by immersion subsequent to profession of faith.
By statement of faith, testifying that the one desiring to join has been saved by Jesus Christ, and scripturally baptized in a Baptist church since salvation and is a member of good standing, yet due to circumstances, transfer of membership from another church is not readily feasible. (Amos 3:3; Matt. 12:25; Eph. 5:11; II Cor. 6:14-18)
By restoration, for one having been removed from membership by majority vote of the congregation after confession is made publicly before the church membership of the sin or sins involved, and repentance is satisfactorily evidenced to the Pastor.
On becoming a member of this church, in addition to the covenant contained in Article II, Section 2, each one further covenants to love and esteem the Pastor, to pray for him, to recognize his authority in spiritual affairs of the church; to cherish a brotherly love for all members of the church; to support the church in prayer, tithes, offerings and with other financial support as the Lord enables in accordance with Biblical commands to support through a lifestyle walk affirmation of the beliefs and practices of the Church.
This congregation functions, not as a pure democracy, but as a body under the headship of the Lord Jesus Christ and the direction of the Pastor as the Under Shepherd with counsel of the men in the church until the establishment of deacons, is made by the Pastor, as he sees their need. Membership in this church does not afford those individuals with any property, contract, or civil rights based on principles of democratic government. Determination of the internal affairs of this Church is ecclesiastical matters and shall be determined exclusively by this church's own rules and procedures. The Pastor shall oversee and/or conduct all aspects of this church. The men of the church until the establishment of deacons shall give counsel and assistance to the Pastor as requested by him. Membership in this church is required to serve in any leadership position, teaching position, or ministry of any capacity in the Patuxent Baptist Church; those that serve must be an active member. Only active members may vote in the church (See Article III, Section 6, and Para. D). The membership of the church has certain limited areas of exercising a vote. Members may not vote to initiate any church action, but rather the vote as a member is to confirm and ratify the direction of the church as determined by the Pastor. Each member of the church, except inactive members, shall be entitled to vote on all matters. Voting pertaining to the disciplining of members, the purchase or sale of real property and the dismissal or calling of a Pastor, in which matters, only members at least eighteen years of age shall be entitled to vote.
Our Lord states that it is the church's duty to exercise discipline, to include, excluding from its fellowship any member whom persists in sin and disobedience. His command to exercise discipline in the church is as definite as His command to baptize and commemorate His death by the Lord's Supper. It should be remembered that the main reason for church discipline is to stop the further discredit to our Lord and to His Church and to bring the sinning member into proper fellowship with the Lord as soon as possible. The disciplining, when required by the Scriptures, of members of the church is necessary for the spiritual health and strength of the body. It is indispensable to building truly Christian, spiritual, victorious congregations. To surrender this privilege means weakness, fear and defeat; sin and worldliness will slip in and take over. Love and joy will fade. The Holy Spirit will be grieved and quenched.
A member who falls in sin should be dealt with according to the principles and procedure given in the Scriptures. Proper Scriptural procedure and prayer always play an important part in disciplining. Discipline in this church will be set as follows:
There shall be a Discipline Committee consisting of the Pastor and those men chosen by him. These men shall have sole authority in determining heretical deviations from the Statement of Faith and violations of the Church Covenant. If the Pastor is the subject of a disciplinary matter, he shall not sit as a member of the Discipline Committee. He shall be entitled to the same steps as other church members and subject to the same discipline.
Members are expected to demonstrate special loyalty and concern for one another. When a member becomes aware of an offense of such magnitudes that it hinders spiritual growth and testimony, he is to go alone to the offending party and seek to restore his brother. Before he goes, he should first examine himself. When he goes, he should go with a spirit of humility and have the goal of restoration.
If reconciliation is not reached, a second member, either an elder man of the church or the Pastor is to accompany the one seeking to resolve the matter. This second step should also be preceded by self-examination and exercised in a spirit of humility with the goal of restoration.
If the matter is still unresolved after the steps outlined in subsections (B) and (C) have been taken, the Discipline Committee, as the church representatives biblically responsible for putting down murmuring, shall hear the matter. If the matter is not resolved during the hearing before the Discipline Committee, the Committee shall recommend to the members of the church that they, after self-examination, make an effort personally to go to the offending member and seek that member's restoration.
If the matter is still unresolved after the steps outline in subsections (B), (C) and (D) have been taken, such members who refuse to repent and be restored are to be removed from the membership of the Church. This is done by a majority vote of the membership present at a meeting called for the purpose of considering disciplinary action.
The Discipline Committee or the church may hear no matter unless the steps outlined in subsection (B) and (C) have been taken, except in the case of a public offense.
If an unrepented offending party is removed from the Church membership, all contact with him/her, except family members, from that point forward must be for the sake of restoration.
Members, not under the disciplining process of Section 4, may request that letters of transfer be sent to another church.
The membership of any individual member shall be automatically terminated without notice if the member in question has not attended a regular worship service of the church in the preceding three months. Upon good cause being shown to the Pastor, (such as TAD, TDY duty not to include PCS moves, sickness, out of state business, or missionary furlough) this provision for termination may be waived in the case of any individual member at the discretion of the Pastor.
No member of this church may hold membership in another church. If any member unites in membership with another church, that person is automatically terminated without notice from membership in this church.
A member under punishment of the discipline of the church may be returned to fellowship only when he repents and gives evidence of repentance and humility.
Any member who has not been attending 2/3 of meetings for one month is an inactive member. Except for initial membership, a whole month of 2/3 of the meetings is necessary to become active again, subject to approval of the Pastor. Exceptions to this are for being providentially hindered, military duty, or absence from the state of Maryland. Inactive members may not vote.