1. Why are you called “New Covenant Baptist Church”?
    1. The reason we chose the name ‘New Covenant Baptist Church’ is because we wanted our name to be a reflection of who we are.  We chose the words ‘New Covenant’ because of what Jesus said in 1 Corinthians 11:25. He said that He shed His blood for us in order to usher in a new era in salvation history. We believe that Jesus is the long awaited Messiah, the hope of Israel and all the world. Jesus died on the cross, and rose from the grave, to secure salvation for everyone who believes in Him. That is what the church commemorates in the Lord’s Supper. We chose ‘New Covenant’ because we want to celebrate that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of all of God’s promises in the Old Covenant.
    2. We chose the word ‘Baptist’ because we are Baptists by conviction. What this means is that we believe that baptism by water is only for those who have confessed Jesus Christ as their Savior, that baptism is to be done in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that the mode of baptism is by submersion in water.
    3. We chose the word church because we are a community of believers. God saves individuals from sin, and when He does that, He calls them to gather to fellowship with one another to worship Him and to encourage one another in the faith (Rom 12; 1 Cor. 12; Heb. 10:25).
  2. How is New Covenant Baptist Church different from other churches?
    1. It is not our goal to be ‘different’ so much from other churches. In fact, we are a cooperating Southern Baptist Church, and so we are not so different from many other churches in town. However, there are a few ways in which we are distinct. For one, we are Reformed in our theology. That means, generally, that we are Calvinistic in our understanding of salvation. We recognize that the word “Calvinism” is a loaded word, and in general, not very well understood. We encourage you to check out this link to Bethlehem Baptist Church. We read it and could not figure out how to improve on it!
    2. Another distinctive of our church is that we are committed to building a covenant community. That means that we are serious about encouraging one another, discipling one another in the Word of God, and holding one another accountable to the principles set forth in God’s Word. Other churches in the community probably share this same conviction, and we rejoice in that.
  3. What is Reformed Theology?
    1. It is probably better to answer the spirit of this question rather than trying to write a systematic one in a FAQ section! Reformed theology, at its heart, revolves around the understanding that we are all sinners, and as such, we do not want to pursue God as we should (Rom. 8:7; Eph. 2:1-3). Since this is the case, we must be careful to study the Bible to be certain that our own sin and prejudice has not corrupted our doctrine. One of the cries of the “Reformation” was Semper Reformata. That’s latin for “Always Reforming.” The church, since she is made up of sinners saved by grace, must persistently and consistently bring the Word of God to bare on the issues that occur. So, in actuality, we are reformed, we are being reformed, and we will seek reform through God’s Word until Jesus returns to make all things new.
  4. Okay, so what was the Reformation?
    1. “The Reformation” is sort of short-hand to refer to that period of time when Martin Luther began the protest against the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church that culminated in the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his famous ’95 Theses’ on the Castle Church door to protest the sale of indulgences. From there, he began to ‘rediscover’ the doctrines of salvation by faith alone, through Christ alone, by grace alone. He began to defend the supremacy of the Bible in all doctrinal matters over the supremacy of any man, pope, or magistrum. John Calvin (1509-1564) was the theologian who best systematized the doctrine of the protestant reformation. Strictly speaking, the reformation did not begin at the time but has always been occurring throughout the history of the church, and it certainly has not ended and will not until Jesus returns (as we continually seek to order our churches after the Word of God.
  5. Can Baptists be Reformed?
    1. Historically, many of the Baptist confessions were reformed in content. The London Baptist Confession of 1689, the Philadelphia Confession of 1742, the New Hampshire Confession of 1833 (which is our statement of faith) were reformed confessions. The Abstract of Principles written by James Boyce, which is the statement of faith for Southern Seminary, is also a reformed document.  In fact, many important Baptists in the history of the church were reformed, including Charles Spurgeon, known as the “Prince of Preachers”,  William Carey, the father of the modern missionary movement, and Adoniram Judson, pioneer missionary to the people of Burma (modern day Myanmar). 
  6. Do I have to be Reformed/Calvinist to be a covenant member of the church?
    1. You never have to call yourself a Calvinist to be a member of New Covenant Baptist Church. We find the term to be unhelpful, seldom understood, and it can bring more uncertainty of meaning than clarity. The pastors at New Covenant Baptist Church will hold to a reformed view of salvation as expressed in the New Hampshire Confession of 1833.  If you are comfortable with that statement, and if you are working towards an understanding of the difficult things of theology, and if you have a reforming spirit, then you should feel at home at New Covenant Baptist Church. A reforming spirit is simply a motivation to be taught, encouraged, and even corrected by the Word of God. So no, you do not have to be a full, five-point Calvinist to be a member of our fellowship.
  7. I’m not sure that I understand Reformed theology, and I have never heard of the New Hampshire Confession of 1833. How can I know if I should join?
    1. Before becoming a member, every person will have the opportunity to talk through the beliefs and confession with a pastor or teacher of the church. We offer classes that teach through the confession, and we are ready to discuss any concerns that a brother or sister may have with our doctrine before joining. The best policy is to simply talk to the leadership about your concerns or issues that you are working through. Odds are, they will not be an obstacle to fellowship. Disagreement between brothers and sisters will occur, and we will always seek to work through such instances with humility and grace. The greatest hindrance to fellowship and membership will be a quarrelsome or divisive spirit (Titus 3:10-11).


Our mission and passion at New Covenant Baptist Church is to glorify God by becoming a community that  fosters the love of God
with all of the heart, soul, mind and strength, and by learning to love one another as Christ Jesus has loved us.
The answer to every heart's need and the satisfaction of all our longing is found in Jesus Christ our Lord, who is Himself, the very image of Almighty God. We exist to adore Him, and to spread the knowledge of His greatness to the ends of the earth.

 

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