About Gum Spring Baptist
INDEPENDENT - MISSIONARY - FUNDAMENTAL
"For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another."
- Romans 12:4-5
"And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers."
- Acts 2:42
"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
- Hebrews 10:23-25
"For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit."
- I Corinthians 12:13
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge and holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in engagements and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive under; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in the feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that, when we remove from this place, we shall as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's word.
Pictured with his wife, Mae.
Pictured with his wife, Melanie.