Sylvester Community Church                                                                                                            
 

Sylvester Community Church is a nondenominational self-supporting Church subject to Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church.  Our purpose is to glorify God by conducting this Church in accordance with the Word of God. We further strive to maintain a good testimony for Christ in our community by godliness and good works. It is incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Michigan.

The Bible                                                                                                                                                  
 

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-Breathed. (See Psalm 119; Isaiah 40:8; 55:10 & 11;  Matthew 5:18; 24:35;  John 6:63; 10:34–36; Romans 5:4; 2 Timothy 3:16 & 17; Hebrews 1:1 & 2; 2 Peter 1:20 & 21; 3:15 & 16; Revelation 22:18, 19)

 

The Godhead                                                                                                                                          
 

We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (See Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3: 14; Deuteronomy 6:4; John 8:58; 10:30; 17:21–24; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Timothy 1:17; 1 John 5:7; Revelation 1:8)

 

The Person and Work of God The Father                                                                                        
 

We believe that God, as our Father, specifically creates each one of us.  As our Father, He is our compassionate defender; gives us gifts; and lovingly disciplines us.  (See Psalm 68:5; 103:13; Proverbs 3:11 & 12; Isaiah 9: 6; 64: 8; Malachi 2:10; Matthew 6:8–10; Romans 8:13–17; Ephesians 1:3,4; James 1:17 & 18; 1 John 3:10)

 

The Person and Work of God The Son                                                                                             
 

  1. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful men.  (See Luke 1:35; John 1:1-5, 10-14; 3:16-18; 5:18; Revelation 1:4)

  2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His resurrection from the dead.  (See Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 1:5-10; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2:24)

  3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is our perfect example of righteous living, right here, right now.  (See John 13:15; 14:6-12; Philippians 1:21; 1 John 2:1-6)

  4. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God. (See Acts 1:9-11;  Romans 8:32-39; Hebrews 9:24-28; 1 John 2:1-4)


The Person and Work of God the Holy Spirit                                                                                 
 

  1. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling us eternally.  (See Genesis 1:2; Exodus 31:3; Job 33:4; Psalm 139:7-14; John 16:7-15; Romans 8:2 – 9; 1 Corinthians 12:12,13; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13,14; Revelation 22:17)

  2. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into truth; and, that it is the privilege of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.  (See Matthew 10:19; John 16:13; Acts 2:17; Ephesians 5:15-20; 1 John 2:20, 27;)

 

The Depravity of Humankind                                                                                                            
 

We believe that all of humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the entire race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God.  Everyone is utterly unable to remedy their lost condition.  (Genesis 1:26; Psalm 14: 1–3; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23; 5:12, Ephesians 2:1-3)  

 

Salvation                                                                                                                                                  
 

  1. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (See Psalm 3:8; John 1:12, 10:27-30; Acts 4:12; Romans 8:1,2; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1: 18 & 19)

  2. We believe that there are many who think that they are saved, but have never really let Jesus Christ be LORD of their life. (See Matthew 7:21-23; Romans 2:13; 10:10)

  3. We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God’s Power and are thus secure in Christ.  (See John 6:37-40; Romans 8:28–30, 38, 39; Ephesians 1:3-8; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

 

The Two Natures of the Believer                                                                                                      
 

We believe that every saved person possesses two natures and that God has made provision for victory of the new sinless nature over the old prideful, self-centered nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. (Romans 6:13; 8:12,13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9) 

 

Marriage                                                                                                                                                  
 

 We believe that marriage is a holy union between one man and one woman. 
(See Matthew 19:4-6)

 

Monetary principles                                                                                                                             
 

We believe the systematic giving of money for the support of the Lord by the Church family should be voluntary, free will offerings untarnished by any hope of material gain. While encouraging the Scriptural method of tithing, we realize that cheerful giving is a personal matter between the giver and the Lord. (See 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7)

 

Missions                                                                                                                                                   
 

  1. We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. 

  2. We believe this church should support only missions engaged principally in evangelization and establishment of Bible-believing churches, (schools, hospitals, and similar ministries, must be kept subordinate to these primary objectives ).  They shall be known to be in hearty agreement with our confession of faith, both in doctrine and practice.  Christian schools and agencies, such as homes for the aged, children’s homes, etc., shall also be considered an appropriate part of the missionary program.  (See Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19 & 20)

 

The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts                                                                                                        
 

  1. We Believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all Spiritual gifts.  (See 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12)

  2. We believe that God does hear and answer prayers of faith, in accord with his own will.  (See John 15:7; I John 5:14,15)

 

The Church                                                                                                                                              
 

  1. We believe that the Church, which is the body and bride of Christ, made up of all born-again persons of this present age.  (See Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2)

  2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.  (See Acts 14:27; 20:17; 28:32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)

 

Public Worship                                                                                                                                       
 

Public worship services shall be held regularly, on the Lord’s Day.  These services shall not normally be given over to anything but prayer and the preaching and teaching of the Word, with an appropriate musical ministry.  Any other special presentation shall be subject to approval by the pastor and Board  (See Hebrews 10: 24,25)

 

We believe in the Ordinances of the Church:                                                                                

    i. Baptism                                                                                                                                            
 

       We believe that baptism is a public testimony of the recipient to indicate that they have personally trusted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and               should be accomplished at the earliest possible convenience.  Only those old enough to understand the real meaning of believers’ baptism shall         be baptized.  While we believe and practice that immersion in water is the preferred method, any type of believers’ baptism will not preclude an           individual from becoming a member of our fellowship (See Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:41; 8:36-39; 9:18; Ephesians 4:5; 1 Peter 3:21)

           

     ii. Lord’s Supper                                                                                                                                
 

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial testimony of the Church, instituted by our Lord just before His betrayal, and is to be observed until His return as a sacred, symbolic, and Scriptural means of remembering His death for our sins. Communion shall be regularly served to the assembled church on the first Sunday of every month or other special times. Since it is the Lord’s Supper, all Christians are welcome to join us. The elements shall be unleavened bread and grape juice.  (See Acts 2:41; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)

 

Personality of Satan                                                                                                                             
 

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire.  (See Job 1:6 & 7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10)

 

The Second Advent of Christ                                                                                                              
 

We believe in that “blessed hope”, the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His millennial kingdom.  (See Zechariah 14:4-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-18; Revelation 3:10, 19:11-16; 20:1-6)

 

The Eternal State                                                                                                                                   
 

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.  (See Matthew 25:46; John 5:28,29; 11:25,26; Revelation 20:5,6,12,13)