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Holy Bible

We’re a church family that believes in the infallible Word of God. We live by its principles. We take the precepts and guide our lives with them. We seek to use the scriptures to educated and empower all to a more healthy relationship with God

Vision

Our vision is here at Aenon is quite simple. We seek to impact our community in 4 overall areas: 1) Education 2) Evangelism 3) Empowerment and 4) Family. This mission is beyond complex and we try to be pillars in these facets of ministry.

Giving

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Our Articles of Faith

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.

We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

We believe the Scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgressions fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.

We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.

We believe that the Scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.

We believe that the Scriptures teach that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith, and newness of life.

We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest and king, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.

We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.

We believe the Scriptures teach that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.

We believe the Scriptures teach that such only are real believers as endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arise entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.

We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons whose Qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.

We believe the Scriptures teach that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.

We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations, by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public, and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.

We believe the Scriptures teach that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the Kings of the earth.

We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day, Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.

Baptist Basics

The objective of this document is to provide a simple overview of Baptist basics to empower disciples to have a basic understanding of the African-American Baptist context. The document does not attempt to go into the depths of Baptist history rather it attempts to provide a basic understanding of Baptist polity, praxis and paradigm within the African-American Baptist context. The information presented is gleaned from generations of conservative Baptist pedagogy and numerous publications that have been adopted into the Baptist polity of all major Baptist conventions. This document shall be an aide and guide for the Aenon Missionary Baptist of Rochester, New York for the expressed purpose of comprehending the basic teachings and practices of our Baptist Faith.

The first thing to understand is the Baptist church is not a denomination. Fundamentally we view ourselves as a faith and not a denomination. The church is comprised of disciples who are regenerated baptized believers who have a faith that Jesus Christ is their all-sufficient savior. The church utilizes the sacred scriptures of the Holy Bible as its foundation and guide in all things. Within the Baptist church nothing shall super-cede the Holy Bible in regards to direction of our personal lives, discipleship or church governance. In addition to the Bible the Church Covenant and the Articles of Faith support the church. Most commonly the church refers to the “New Hampshire Articles of Faith”. Originally there were eighteen and they have been revised to twenty-four. Both of these documents emerge from Biblical principles and not the paradigms of humanity.

There are two ordinances within the Baptist church. The ordinances are Baptism and Lord’s Supper in that order.

Stewardship: Each disciple is expected to be a good steward. This means that each disciple is expected to attend worship and church function on a regular basis. Each disciple is expected to support the church financially upon the principles of Malachi 3:8-10. Each disciple is expected to share his or her spiritual and natural gifts with the church. The disciples of the church are also charged to be evangelistic by fulfilling the principles of Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8.

  • Pastor: The pastor is the spiritual head of the church until Christ returns. The pastor is responsible for the general governance, operations and accountability of the church unto God and the body. Acts 20:28-30 presents the authority and placement of the pastor. The Biblical qualifications of the pastor are found in 1st Timothy 3:1-7.
  • Deacons: The deacons are to serve under the pastor in the facilitation of fulfilling the total ministry of the church. The office of deacon was established in Acts 6:1-7 and their initial responsibility was to be in charge of the financial matters of the early church and to care for the widows, orphans and the needy. The Biblical qualifications for the deacon are found in 1st Timothy 3:8-13.
  • Deaconess: The deaconesses are to have similar characteristics that are required by the deacon. Deaconesses were initially charged to minister to the women of the church and to maintain spiritual order among female disciples. A woman who is married to a deacon does no automatically qualify or sanction her as a deaconess in the Baptist church[1]. Thus it is not a position of entitlement rather it is a position of worth.
  • Trustee: The office of Trustee is not a Biblical office of the church however it is a feasible and legal office of the church. Within many congregations the office of deacon and trustee are simultaneous appointments however they may be separate appointments. The trustees operate through the expressed authority of the pastor and congregation to handle the property and financial matters of the church. Trustees do not hold governing authority in the church as the pastor and the deacon. The Trustees are essentially a management team under the leadership of the pastor who is the general manager.[2]
  • Church Clerk: The office of the Church Clerk is often overlooked and diminished however it is one of the most critical positions within the church. The clerk is responsible for the recording and maintenance of the official church records and in most states is a legally required signature on many church documents and contracts. This position is normally elected but may also be appointed by the pastor.
  • Associate Ministers, Elders and Ect.: All clergy of the church are under the direction of the Senior Pastor. They are to assist the Senior Pastor in fulfilling the ministry duties of the church. They receive their assignments and direction solely from the Senior Pastor of the church. The Senior Pastor has the authority to license, ordain and dismiss them from the priestly duties and recognition of the church.
  • National Baptist Convention USA Incorporated (est. 1895)
  • Lott Carey (Foreign Mission Convention) (est. 1897)
  • National Baptist Convention of America (est. 1895*)
  • Progressive National Baptist Convention (est. 1961)
  • National Missionary Baptist Convention (est. 1880/1989)
  • Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship (est. 1993)
  • Global United Fellowship (est. 2014)
  • Kingdom Connection Fellowship (est. 2013)

Book

  • A Brief History of the Baptist
  • The Work of the Church Trustee
  • Introduction to Theology
  • The Hiscox Baptist Manual
  • The Wounded Heart of God
  • New Member Training for Discipleship
  • The Work of the Deacon and Deaconess
  • The Deaconess
  • The New Testament Deacon Ministry In African-American Churches
  • Organization for the Organism
  • Training Trustees for Baptist Churches
  • Spiritual Authority
  • A Liberation of Black Theology

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 prosperity and spirituality; holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expense of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and sacred 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 our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to

abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks 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 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 will, 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.

The obligations of church membership outlined in the covenant are all scriptural, as may be seen from the following study.

  1. Salvation and Baptism (John 1:11–12; Matt. 28:19-20)
  2. Duties to the Church
    1. To walk together in Christian love (John 13:34-35).
    2. To strive for the advancement of the church and promote its prosperity and spirituality (Phil. 1; 27; 2 Tim. 2:15; 2 Cor. 7:1; 2 Peter 3:11).
    3. To sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrine (Heb. 10:25; Matt. 28:19; I Cor. 11:23-26; Jude 3).
  3. To give it pre-eminence in my life (Matt. 6:33).
  4. To contribute cheerfully and regularly (ICor. 16:2; 2Cor. 8:6- 7).
  5. To carry my membership when I move and be active in church work wherever I live (Acts 11:19-21; 18:24-28).
  • Duties in Personal Christian Living
    1. To maintain family and secret devotions (I Thess. 5:17-18; Acts 17:11).
    2. To religiously educate the children (2 Tim. 3:15; Deut 6:4-7)
    3. To seek the salvation of the lost (Acts 1:8; Matt. 4:19; Psalms 126:5-6; Prov. 11:30).
    4. To walk circumspectly in the world, and to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment (Eph. 5:15; Phil. 2:14-15; 1 Peter 2:11-12).
    5. To avoid gossip and excessive anger (Eph. 4:31; 1 Peter 2:21; Col. 3:8; James 3:1-2).
    6. To abstain from sale or use of liquors. (Eph. 4:31; Hab. 2:15).
    7. To be zealous in our efforts for Christ (Titus 2:14).
  1. Duties to Fellow Members
    1. To watch over one another in love (I Peter 1:22).
    2. To pray for one another (James 5:16).
    3. To aid in sickness and distress (Gal. 6.2; James 2:14-17).
  2. To cultivate sympathy and courtesy (I Peter 3:8).
  3. To be slow to take offense, always ready for reconciliation (Eph 4:30-32).