“Primitive” in our name refers
to our objective to preserve simple—original as nearly as
possible—Christianity. In an age of complexities and
over-specialization in all areas of our culture, churches
included, our church seeks to follow simple Christian worship of
a cappela, congregational singing, public prayer, preaching of
the gospel, and fellowship. Families worship together from young
children to senior citizens. The church encourages a familial
spirit in its worship and in its fellowship.
We believe that each local church is an independent body,
accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ for its faith and practice,
though we cherish fellowship with believers of like faith and
practice. Our theological emphasis is on the doctrines of grace,
that God alone saves sinners by his sovereign grace. We equally
promote personal godliness in our members (2 Timothy 2:19). We
believe in the Second Coming and appearance of the Lord Jesus
Christ in glory, “…every eye shall see him” (Revelation 1:7),
followed by a general judgment and eternity; conscious eternal
punishment for the wicked and conscious eternal blessing for the
redeemed (John 5:28-29).
Primitive Baptists believe in
Bible evangelism. As in the early church , "they went
everywhere preaching the word" (Acts 8:4), so Primitive Baptists
today go as the Spirit directs them. Wherever "effectual doors"
(I Cor. 16:9) are opened, Primitive Baptists will be found. It
is recognized, however, that on one occasion the apostles were
forbidden by the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia (Acts
16:6), and in Bithynia (Acts 16:7). Evangelistic effort,
therefore, is at the direction of the Holy Ghost. Primitive
Baptists believe that the Doctrines of Grace are the only true
bases for Bible evangelism.
The Local Church
Primitive Baptists believe that
God's house (the local church) is a resting place of world-worn
travelers, born again believers in Jesus Christ who have
renounced the world and its pleasures and have given themselves
to Christ and to one another in a gospel church way.
These, having been baptized on a profession of their faith in
Christ Jesus, have bound themselves by the solemn ordinance to
live in compliance with the doctrine which is according to
godliness: to attend regularly the public worship services, to
minister to the saints, and to be godly and just in their
everyday dealings with their fellow men. Only by so doing can
believers properly glorify their Father in heaven who, according
to his own sovereign grace and mercy, has reserved for them and
the elect of all ages, an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled,
and that fadeth not away in heaven (I Peter 1:4).