our vision is that of Christ and His New Testament Church! it is our Prayer to be directed by the Spirit, and His word. we truly desire to follow the pattern left by the apostles taking as a basic format for the church the words of Acts 2:42-47.
"42 ¶ And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."
This is our visions as a body of believers
- Biblical Doctrine: what we believe matters more than anything else us. It is our desire to study the word of God together, and to interpret these holy words using the correct hermetical approach. We believe it is the pastors responsibility to bring forth sermons which are true, and in a expository fashion. We want to honestly know, practice, and promote the truth even if it is unpopular or goes against our personal feelings. in our belief Christ and His finished work is central.
- Fellowship: seeking unity with each other through the work of Christ on the cross is something we cherish and strive for every day. we emphasize that the body of Christ is a family and because of this fact there should be a level of intimacy between them, that doesn't exist in the world.
- Ordinances: we desire as a body to fulfill the example and commands of Christ given to the early church. these ordinances of both Baptism and the Lords communion supper, show in a very visible way the death and Resurrection of Christ.
- Prayer: we see prayer to be both key and central to the early church, and as such it is our desire to focus on such a blessed privilege.
- Holy fear: the early church took God seriously! we strive to worship the Creator of the universe and our Redeemer, with a humble, yet joyful spirit.
- unity: being together in faith is something we find in scripture to be of the up most importance, therefore we desire to keep it in the bond of peace.
- Benevolent giving: liberal, sacrificial, charitable giving was an essential part of the first century church. it is our vision to imitate these actions in our communities for the glory of God alone.
- evangelism: Making disciples of all manner of men is one of our chief aims. having received the commission by Christ, the disciples made it their passion to share the doctrines of grace with each and every one they came in contact with. this form of contact evangelism was the driving force of the churches growth in the first century and for this reason it is our desire to implement it here. we desire to see every child of God in our communities converted to the gospel of sovereign graces as presented in scripture.
- worship: we read that the early Church regularly met to praise God for his goodness, and therefore we meet for the same end. we strive to follow the biblical pattern of fully integrate services, consisting of simple, singing, praying, and preaching!
- Acceptance: it is our goal to be accepting of people from all walks and conditions of life. calling every type of sinner to repentance and faith in Christ regardless of ethnicity or social status. we strive to accept people regardless of their past life styles and sins, when they humble themselves before their Savior with an attitude of repentance.
GREEN PASTURES PRIMITIVE (ORIGINAL) BAPTIST CHURCH
ARTICLES OF FAITH
(THOSE THINGS MOST ASSUREDLY BELIEVED AMONG US)
1. We believe in the plenary verbal inspiration of the Holy Scriptures and that God has perfectly preserved his Word infallible throughout all ages. We hold that the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament are the complete canon of the scriptures. That the King James 1611 version of the Scriptures is God’s inspired Word in modern English and that this Word alone is the only rule of faith and the practice of New Testament worship. That this Word is most profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness that the man of God may in time become spiritually mature and fully equipped to maintain good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Matthew 23:35, Psalms 19: 7-11, Psalms 119:9-11, Matthew 24:35, Psalms 12:6-7.)
2. We believe in One true, living, eternal, holy, just, sovereign, all powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent, infinite, immutable God. That this God in essence and in nature is the truest expression of love, mercy, grace, compassion and righteousness. That this one God does wholly exist in a Godhead consisting of three distinct persons known as a trinity. These three distinct personalities being identified as the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit and are equal in nature, power and glory. (1 John 5:7, John 10:30, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 44: 6-8, Hebrews 1:1-3 & 8, Psalms 90:2, Psalms 139:7-12, Psalms 147:5, Malachi 3:6, Revelation 19:6, Psalms 111:9, 2 Timothy 4:8, 1 John 4:16, John 1:14.)
3. We believe that before the world began God did foreknow a vast and innumerable people out of every nation, kindred and tongue with an everlasting and immutable love. That in this love God the Father did enter into a covenant of Grace with God the Son and the Spirit, electing the Son as a surety for this vast people and electing the objects of his love to be placed securely in His son according to the good pleasure of His will. Those whom he loved and chose in his Son, he did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His son and to an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled
and that fadeth not away, all to the praise of the glory of His grace. (Isaiah 42:1, Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 8: 28-39, Romans 9: 6-13, Ephesians 1:4-12, 1 Peter 1: 2-5, Titus 1: 2, John 10:29, John 17: 2, 1 Thessalonians 5: 9, Hebrews 7:22, Hebrews 13: 20, 2 Samuel 23:5.)
4. We believe God in the creation of this world did create man in His own image; that this man Adam was, holy, morally excellent, righteous and innocent being declared good and very good by His creator. That this man though possessing the nature to acceptably glorify His God, did by the temptation of Satan and of His own free will violate the righteous law of God; thereby, falling from his state of purity, plunged himself into a state of sin. That Adam’s disobedience was imputed to all his posterity and a corrupt, sinful nature passed upon all his offspring by natural and ordinary generation. Man, therefore, is conceived in sin, shapen in iniquity, devoid of any moral goodness,
dead in sins, unable to deliver himself, incapable of understanding spiritual truths and under a sentence of condemnation being by nature a child of wrath. Being in such a state of enmity against God, all men are found deserving of His wrath and are liable to an eternal death, from which there is no deliverance but by Christ the second Adam. (Genesis 2 & 3, 5:3, Romans 5:12-14, Romans 3:12, Ephesians 2:1-3, Psalms 51:5, Psalms 58:3, 1 Corinthians 2:14, Psalms 39:5.)
5. We believe that in the fullest of time God sent his Son into the world, being born of the virgin Mary, made under the law to redeem them that were under its condemnation. That the word was made flesh, being both fully God and fully man, revealed the Father to us and being perfectly righteous manifested His perfect and unique suitableness for the roles of sole mediator, surety, substitute, redeemer, intercessor, priest and king. (Galatians 4:4, Philippians 2:6-8, John 1: 1-5 & 14, Hebrews 1: 2-3, 1 Timothy 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:5, Hebrews 9:4,)
6. We believe that in the voluntary, sacrificial death of Christ on the cross there was a literal and actual payment made for all those elect and beloved persons placed in Him before the foundation of the world and that God’s justice was fully satisfied on their behalf. That he was a genuine substitute solely for each and every individual written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and by being their atonement, propitiation and redemption He did fully deliver His sheep from the wrath of God by justifying them freely by grace through His blood. We also believe that everything necessary for the eternal salvation of His people was secured in the Son and our works, or lack thereof, do not influence our eternal destination. (Isaiah 53: 11, John 10:11 & 15, Matthew 1:21, 1 Peter 3:18, 1Peter 2:23-25, 1 Peter 1:18-20, Matthew 26:28, Hebrews 10: 7-14, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5: 6-11, Romans 8:33-34, Hebrews 9:15 & 26-28, Titus 2:14, Titus 3:7.)
7. We believe all those chosen in Christ before the world began and redeemed by Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary, shall be regenerated in time by the immediate, irresistible, invincible, omnipotent act of the Holy Spirit upon the souls of those who are completely dead in sins. That this life-giving Spirit sovereignly moves as the wind, when and where He chooses, and is not limited by the subject’s age, cognitive ability, geographic location, willingness or current situations in this evil world of death.
That this action of being born again is the moment of our saving vital union with the Savior; whereby, we are personally washed from our sins, circumcised in heart, drawn, called, translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of the Son, apprehended by grace and imprinted with the image of Christ in the soul. This Spirit of the Son being sent into the heart does radically affect the soul and gives the spiritual capacity to bring forth the spiritual fruit of: spiritual understanding, love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance; all of which he was devoid of prior to this work of grace. That this action of the Spirit isn’t by the will of the sinner, man, or by any power in the creature, but happens solely by the will and power God. (John 1:13, John 3: 3-8, John 5:25, John 6:44, Romans 8:28-30, 1 Corinthians 2:9-12, 1 Corinthians 6:11, Galatians 6:22-23, Ephesians 2:1-5, Philippians 3:12, Colossians 1:12-14, Colossians 2:11-13, 2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 3:4-7, 1 Peter 1:23.)
8. We believe every individual redeemed by Christ and sanctified by the Spirit shall be so eternally secured by the complete and powerful work of the triune God, that it would be an absolute impossibility to fall from this state of supreme grace. That the child of God is preserved to the extent that nothing in this life or the hereafter, material or immaterial, seen or unseen, angel or demon, life or death, action or inaction, shall be able to separate us from God’s love or grace. (Jude 1, Romans 8:33-39, John 6:39, John 10:28-30, Psalms 94:14, 1Thessalonians 5:23-24, Psalms 37:28.)
9. We believe that at the return of Christ to this world that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. That by His coming, He will glorify His resurrected and ascended Saints in the twinkling of an eye and will usher their glorified bodies into the very glory of the unveiled presence of God the Father where they will spend a joyful and satisfied existence for all eternity with Him. That the goats or wicked of this world who have been outside of Christ and have worked their wickedness in defiance of the one true God, Christ will certainly judge and condemn according to that which they rightly deserve and will cast them into the lake of fire to endure the torture and punishment of their sins forever and ever. (Isaiah 26:19, John 10:39, John 5:28-29, Matthew 25:31-46, Matthew 24:31, Romans 8:30, 1 Corinthians 15, 2 Corinthians 4:14-18, 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 John 3:2, Revelation 1:7, Revelation 14:9-11, Revelation 20:10-15.)
10. We believe that the Son in his incarnation came as the messenger of the Covenant, fully declared the Gospel, the good news of the salvation of His people and His given charge to His ministry to proclaim this truth to His people all over the world. That He has brought eternal life and immortality to light through this glorious Gospel which serves as the ground for temporal salvation, justification by faith, joy and peace when it is believed and hoped in. While we deny that the Gospel is necessary for the securement of our eternal salvation or our regeneration, we firmly hold it to be essential to our conversion and life of discipleship. (Malachi 3:1, Isaiah 61:1, Matthew 4:23, Matthew 11:5, Mark 16:15, 2 Timothy 1:10, 2 Timothy 2:8-10, Ephesians 3:6, Mark 1:15.)
11. We believe that God as the supreme authority does sovereignly reserve the right to work His will when and how he pleases. That He does providentially work in the lives of His children, at times superseding evil and at times suffering the evil to be so now. While we hold to a strong adherence to God’s providential watch care and sovereignty, we firmly deny the absolute predestination of all things or whatsoever may come to pass, so as to make God the author of sin. (Daniel 4:35, Psalms
103:19, Matthew 6:26, Exodus 19:4, Psalms 3:5, Habakkuk 3:17-19, Jeremiah 19:5, Isaiah 54:15,
12. We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances given by the Lord Jesus Christ to be fulfilled by His New Testament Church until His return. That baptism is to precede a confession of faith, to be administered by a duly ordained minister and to be performed by immersing the candidate in water. That Communion, being a remembrance of the death of Christ, is to be observed using unleavened bread and wine by those who have been baptized into this body of faith. That the washing of the saints’ feet is also to be observed in connection with this Holy Supper
as Christ has given us an example. (Matthew 3:13, Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:38-41, Acts 8:36-38,
Matthew 26:26-29, John 13: 1-17, Acts 2:42, 1 Timothy 5:10.)
13. We believe that no minister has the right to administer the ordinance of baptism or communion except those who are regularly called and have come under the imposition of the hands of the presbytery in the Primitive Baptist Church and must at the time of administering the ordinances be in full fellowship with the Primitive Baptist. (Matthew 28:26-28, 1 Timothy 4:14, 2 Timothy 2:2)
14. We believe that marriage, being a picture of Christ and His Church, is to be between one mature man and one mature woman for one life time. That this institution was designed by God, to be the only appropriate and holy relationship for rendering benevolence and producing children. That it is unbiblical for those to marry who are outside of God’s original created order. (Genesis 2:18-25,
Matthew 19:5, Ephesians 5:31-32.)
15. We believe in the simplicity of New Testament worship and that this consists of a cappella singing, fellowship, prayer and preaching. (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, Acts 16:25, Matthew 26:30,Acts 2:42-47, 1 John 1:3, Acts 6:4, Acts 12:5, 1 Corinthians 1:18.)
Green Pastures Primitive (Original) Baptist Church
We, the undersigned: Stephen Conn, Amanda Conn, McKayle Conn, Emmie Conn, Christie Conn, Leslie Burkett, Gideon Burkett, John Burkett; believing that our Heavenly Father has most graciously granted us a Church, do
covenant to bind ourselves together in Church fellowship in the Primitive Baptist Faith and Order. We most earnestly profess: that Jesus Christ is the Son of God; that God’s electing and predestinating grace consecrates the
elect to eternal life with Him in heaven; that through the sin of Adam all of humanity became sinners; that the elect were made righteous only by the willing sacrifice of Jesus Christ; that no further action is required to secure eternal salvation; that rebirth is of the Holy Spirit and not a human action; that all the elect are preserved by the blood of Christ and will never fall away; that baptism is by immersion of professing believers and is the
answer of a good conscience and the mode of entry into the Church; that at the final day all humanity will rise from the grave; and that at the resurrection the elect will be carried to heaven and the wicked shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power (2 Thessalonians 1v9). As a called-out assembly we do promise God our Father, and each other to pursue the fulfillment of the following, relying on God’s grace and strength
to do so:
1. We agree to love the Lord God with all of our heart, soul, and mind.
2. To put off the old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts and to put on the new man which is created in righteousness,
and true holiness. seeking His kingdom first, we will endeavor to present our bodies as living sacrifices unto the Lord so as to prove what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.
3. To study to shew ourselves approved unto God by daily reading and meditation, proving all things by a diligent search of the word of God, and holding fast that which is good.
4. To walk in Love, and by faith in this world of darkness so that our lights may shine to the Glory of our Savior
5. to guard the truth of the gospel in this assembly which was preached by Christ, His apostles and has been delivered unto us by a
succession of faithful men through previous generations. To reject those who have been given over to heretical doctrine after the first
and second admonition.
6. To meet together regularly for the purpose of worshiping Christ our redeemer in Spirit, and in truth, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, but to in faithfulness attend, and to give attendance to those that assemble with us.
7. To provoke one another to love and good works, to bear one another’s burdens, and watch over one another for good.
8. To commit ourselves to fervent prayer for each other’s individual needs both spiritual and physical, and for every need we may face
collectively as the body of Christ.
9. To be thoughtful and kind one to another endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. To avoid whispering, backbiting, or excessive anger, but to be gentle and longsuffering one to another.
10. To look well to the needs of this body by attending to the physical, material, and spiritual needs of one another. To cheerfully provide
for the monetary needs of the less fortunate, of the ministry, and the whole congregation when it is in our ability to do so, for God loveth a
11. To faithfully observe the ordinances of baptism, and the Lord’s supper also keeping the example left by our Lord of washing one
another’s feet to remind us of the appropriate attitude we are to have toward each other.
12. To be so observant of those in our body so as to recognize a departure from the truth or faithfulness. To approach these situations with the upmost love, to meet with these individuals in a kind, gentle way, and to reprove or admonish them in the scriptures. The goal in this endeavor should always be to recover those from the snare of the devil by revealing their faults, and in hope, led them to
13. To not be ashamed of the gospel of the Lord, but with all boldness to share the gospel with those around us, that Gods children in our communities may hear, believe, and be converted to the truth by our efforts.
Original was signed by the following constituting members: