Elder Charles Dennis, Pastor and the church members welcome you to the Palm Bethel Primitive Baptist Church website! We would like to introduce ourselves to you in person and invite you to come visit us. Meanwhile let this be an introduction:
Our sole purpose and desire in attending church is to honor and glorify our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. 1Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. Ephesians 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. And we invite you to join with us for that purpose.
Primitive Baptists have been called by various names down through the ages. The name Primitive Baptist became common in the 19th century to denote “original” not uncivilized, uncultivated, or uncultured. Old Line Primitive Baptists attempt to maintain the doctrines and practices of the original Baptists, who are the New Testament Church. It also reflects we did not come out of any denomination.
Our style of service reflects the desire to praise and worship Him as taught by Christ and the apostles and consists of Singing of hymns, Preaching His divine word and Praying.
Children are present in church learning the proper form of worship being together with their parents and others. It is vitally important for families to worship together as the name of Christ is exalted Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Singing of hymns is done without musical instruments (a capella which today means singing without instruments means in Italian “in the church style”.) We love to hear the beautiful music generated by the human voice without supplementation. There is neither command, precept, nor example for the worship of God by the use of musical instruments during the New Testament dispensation. Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord – Eph 5:19.
The pastor is an ordained minister called an “Elder”. He preaches using the Holy Bible as his source. 1Peter 5: 1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 2Timothy 4: 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
We believe that the preaching of God’s holy word is a necessary and commanded means by which God converts those in darkness and edifies, strengthens, and instructs the Church. It is therefore extremely important that the whole counsel of God be taught in its entirety Acts 20: 21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Praying aloud is done by any male member of the congregation when called upon at certain times to offer prayer for the church, nation and those for whom prayer has been requested. Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. James 5:16 … pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Ephesians 2: 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.