What We Practice
Our Lifestyle Statement / What We Practice
1. Bible as our sole authority
Since God’s Word is the only reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is “What does the Bible say?” We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
2. Autonomy of each local church
Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from denominational control.
3. Priesthood of every believer
The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to “full time” Christian service, regardless of their vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.
At First Baptist Pelham, we practice tithing for the support of Christ’s body, the church, as God commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard of giving.
We practice baptism by immersion under water-the way Jesus was baptized, and the way the Bible commands. We also believe that baptism follows salvation.
6. Spirit-led Living
We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. So we seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s spirit to enable us to do what is right.
7. Telling others about Christ
It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those God brings us into contact with. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to church.
8. Christian Conduct
As Christian leaders, we do not want to do or say anything that might damage our Christian integrity and cause confusion among the believers. Therefore, we feel all leaders should refrain from the use of alcohol, unchristian conduct or any type of behavior that might become a stumbling block to believers and non-believers alike.