We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God without error in the original manuscripts and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has the Holy Spirit of God for its author, truth as its matter and salvation for its end; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us and, therefore, is and shall remain unto the end of the world, the supreme standard by which all human conduct and creeds shall be tried. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:18-19.
God is known to men as three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – executing distinct but harmonious offices in the work of redemption.
We believe in the personal existence of God, the Supreme Being Who is infinite and perfect. He possesses the attributes of eternity, self-existence, immutability, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, holiness, righteousness, justice, love, mercy, and grace. In holy love, He created and sustains by His immediate presence, all things. He is the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Genesis 1:1; Malachi 3:6; Matthew 3:17; Titus 2:11-12.
We believe in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Son of God, very God of very God; Who, in order to redeem fallen man from sin took on the form of man by the process of the virgin birth; that He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin; that He lived in perfect harmony with God and His laws; that He voluntarily suffered death and in so doing was the vicarious sacrifice for the sin of the race; that He physically and literally rose from the dead, ascended up on high and is now enthroned at the right hand of God as the Mediator between God and the sinner and as the High Priest and Advocate of the saint; that He shall return to take into His eternal presence all those who have accepted Him as Savior and have therefore been born again. John 1:14; 8:58; Acts 1:11.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Person of the Holy Spirit; that He is equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in Creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains Satan until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and judgment; that he bears witness to the gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the Agent of the New Birth; that He baptizes, seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer. John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 5:3-4.
We believe that man was created in the image of God; that He has a threefold nature, physical, mental and spiritual; that his distinctive mark is his spiritual nature; that this is of like nature to God Himself and is immortal and capable of immediate knowledge of God; that conscience and will make him morally a responsible being and that as such God deals with him.
We believe that man was created innocent, in perfect harmony with the moral government of God; that by voluntary transgression of the will of God and submitting to the Devil, he broke that harmony and became sinful; that without exception the race of man is morally corrupt; that by reason of conscience and will the individual is guilty and merits the wages of sin which is death; and that if persisted in, sin will work out complete and final ruin to him who does not forsake it in the experience of the new birth. Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7; 3:1-7; I Cor. 15:44-45; Rom. 3:10-11, 23; 6:23.
We believe that it is impossible for man to save himself; that in order to be saved he must realize his need for the Savior, repent and receive Christ as his Savior, and thus be born again; that the new birth results in a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above comprehension, not by culture, character or the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life. John 1:12; 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:8-9.
We believe that the church universal is an organism, the Body of Christ, those who have been redeemed out of every kindred, tongue, people and nation, and comprise the Bride of Christ. We believe that the local church is a body of professed believers in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, Savior and Lord who have covenanted together for worship, mutual edification and to work for the spreading of the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth.
The financial budget of the church will solely be supported by the free will giving of friends and members of the church. According to Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally to their local church for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.
We believe that God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual. All that we have and are, we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the Glory of God and for helping others.
We believe that the ordinances of the church are two—Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Both ordinances are commanded by Christ and should faithfully be observed only by His followers. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, and is symbolic of our death to sin and our resurrection to a new life in Him. We believe that it is a prerequisite to church membership. The Lord’s Supper or Communion is the highest act of worship. It is a memorial of Christ’s death for us and a symbol of His sustaining of our spiritual life and growth. Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30.
We believe in the literal bodily Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, including the Rapture of His Church prior to the Tribulation and Millennium, the resurrection of the just and of the unjust, and that the Lord Jesus Christ will judge the quick and the dead at His coming.
We believe that acceptance or failure to accept Jesus Christ as Savior seals eternal destiny; that there is no second chance to believe after death and that the future happiness of the righteous in Heaven and the future misery of the wicked in Hell will be complete and eternal. Acts 1:11; 2 Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:13-18
Infant Dedication @ Perry Hall
“‘For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore I also have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the LORD.’” So they worshiped the LORD there.” 1 Samuel 1:27-28
Do we baptize infants? Why not?
At Perry Hall, we believe the Bible teaches that baptism is for believers (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38, 9:36-37, 16:31-33). When a child is old enough to understand and place their faith in Christ for salvation, we do baptize him or her when they and their parents decide they are ready.
Baptism does not save, but it is a command of Christ that we obey that pictures Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection on our behalf (Romans 6:3-6), and our new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20). It also identifies us with Christ who was baptized (Matthew 3:13), and with all his followers throughout history and around the world, and especially with those in this local Church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
Does the Bible command infant dedication? Why do it?
The Bible doesn’t command infant dedication, but many of our parents choose to publically dedicate their children to the Lord as Hannah dedicated her son, Samuel, in 1 Samuel 1:27-28 (above), and Joseph and Mary dedicated their Son, Jesus, in Luke 2:22. Parents brought their children to Jesus to have Him put His hands on them and pray for them (Matthew 19:13).
We dedicate our children to the Lord because:
1. Children are a treasure from God (Psalm 127:3), and we value them as Jesus did (Matthew 19:14). We recognize that parenting is not only a privilege, but a tremendous responsibility from God!
2. We recognize that all we are and all we have is really the Lord’s anyway, and given to us temporarily on loan from God (1 Samuel 1:27-28, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). In dedicating them, we ask God to have His perfect will in their lives and use them in His kingdom.
3. We commit ourselves as parents to raise them with loving discipline and to direct them in godly paths (Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4). As such, our infant dedications are really “parent dedications.” Our children will not remember them, but we as parents will never forget them!