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Beliefs of the Original Free Will Baptist Denomination

Mission Statement

The Mission of the people of God called Original Free Will Baptists is to glorify God.  Therefore, we strive to know Christ, build His Church and make Him known to all people as we continue to seek His will.  We believe this mission can be fulfilled through . . . 

WORSHIPPING — “…Worship the Father in spirit and truth…”John 4:23– We commit ourselves to glorifying God by Worship, which is the adoration of God.  Worship is duly required of all His children through praise, prayer, the reading and preaching of His Word, and should inspire witness leading to discipleship.  Every Christian may worship God privately; however, this should never replace the corporate worship of the church.

GROWING — “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ …”2 Peter 3:18–We commit ourselves to glorifying God by moving toward maturity through learning, fellowshipping, and doing the work of ministry.

CARING — “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”Galatians 6:10– We commit ourselves to glorifying God by making Christ known to the world, by caring for those of the flock of God, and by demonstrating the love of God to all peoples.

SHARING — “…Freely ye have received, freely give.”Matthew 10:8b– We commit ourselves to glorifying God by sharing what we know, what we have, and what we are, with all peoples.

EQUIPPING — “For the equipping (perfecting) of the saints for the work of ministry…”Ephesians 4:12a– We commit ourselves to glorifying God by equipping all believers for the work of ministry.  The Church, through its leadership, is to see to it that the people of God are educated, guided, and cared for that they might become spiritually mature as they do the work of ministry.

Church Covenant

Having given ourselves to God, by faith in Christ, and adopted the word of God as our rule of faith and practice, we now give ourselves to one another by the will of God in this solemn covenant.

We promise by His grace to love and obey Him in all things, to avoid all appearance of evil, to abstain from all sinful amusements and unholy conformity to the world, from all sanction of the use and sale of intoxicating beverages, the abuse of drugs and to “provide things honest in the sight of all men.”

We agree faithfully to discharge our obligations in reference to the study of the Scriptures, secret prayer, family devotions, and public worship and by self-denial, faith, and good works endeavor to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together for church conferences, public worship, and the observance of the ordinances of the Gospel; nor fail to give according to our ability for the support of the church and all its benevolent work.

We agree to accept Christian admonition and reproof with meekness, and to watch over one another in love, endeavoring to “keep the unity of Spirit in the bond of peace,” to be careful of one another’s happiness and reputation, and seek to strengthen the weak, encourage the afflicted, admonish the erring, and as far as we are able, promote the success of the church and of the Gospel.

We will everywhere hold Christian principles and obligations supreme, esteem it our chief business to make Christ known to the world, and constantly pray and toil that the Kingdom of God may come, and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

To this end we agree to co-operate in the promotion of denominational institutions and ministries, the support of the local church, and the evangelization of the world.  And may the God of peace sanctify us wholly and preserve us blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sacred Ordinances of the OFWB Church

CHRISTIAN BAPTISM–We believe that this the immersion of believers in water, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, in which are represented the burial and resurrection of Christ, the death of Christians to the world, the washing of their souls from the pollution of sin, their rising to newness of life, their commitment to serve God, and their resurrection at the last day.

THE LORD’S SUPPER–We believe that this is a commemoration of the death of Christ for our sins, in the use of bread which He made the emblem of His broken body, and the cup, the emblem of His shed blood; and by it the believer expresses his love for Christ, his faith and hope in Him, and pledges to Him perpetual fidelity.

WASHING THE SAINTS’ FEET–We believe that this is a sacred ordinance, which teaches humility, the necessity of the servanthood of every believer, and reminds the believer of the necessity of a daily cleansing from all sin.  It was instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ as an “example” on the night of His Last Supper and betrayal.