What we Believe:
We are an American Baptist Church, affiliated with the conservative renewal movement in our denomination. Like all Baptists, we hold to the Bible as our source of authority. The theology of our church can be summed up as follows:
In accordance with the historic Baptist tradition, we hold to:
WE ALSO AFFIRM THE FOLLOWING DISTINCTIVES WHICH NEED EMPHASIS AT THE PRESENT TIME:
I. The Authority of Scripture
The Bible is the inspired, authoritative and infallible Word of God and is our sole rule of faith and practice. It is the standard by which all human conduct and creeds should be tried.
II. The Trinity
There is only one true and living God who is manifested in three eternal and coequal persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God possesses holiness, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, love, mercy, and all other perfections. All humankind owes to Him supreme faith and obedience.
Humankind has been created in the image of God but through Adam's fall is now sinful, lost and condemned. By deliberate choice all participate in sin, which is open rebellion to God's law. Notwithstanding the fall, all human life through creation has value and dignity.
IV. Justification by Faith
Human beings can be forgiven of sin and justified solely through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ who died for sinners and rose again from the dead. Only by repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ the Lord can acceptance with God be attained.
Regeneration is the work of the Holy Spirit by which the believer receives a new nature from God. Christian growth or sanctification is the continuation of the new life principle which begins in the new birth.
VI. The Church
The church in its widest sense includes all believers of all ages. The church is manifested visibly in the local body of baptized believers who covenant together to worship, observe the ordinances, and evangelize.
VII. Human Destiny
Jesus Christ will eventually return visibly at which time He will raise the dead and judge all people. Believers will enjoy an eternal state of blessedness in heaven while unbelievers will experience eternal separation from God in hell.
VIII. Evangelism and Social Concern
The church has been called to preach the gospel so that individual people can receive salvation. Also the church is to become involved in the improvement of society by advocating Biblical principles which confront poverty, racism, violence, and all forms of injustice against humanity.
IX. Human Sexuality
God's design is that man and woman either be joined together in a perpetual monogamous relationship or live in a single state. Extra-marital sex, adultery and homosexuality are inconsistent with biblical teaching.
(The above is derived from the Statement of Faith of the former American Baptist Evangelicals.)
First Baptist Church of Ledgewood, New Jersey, was built in 1917 and has changed little in appearance since then. The stained glass, pulpit and pews are all original. The pews came from a church in New York City and the pulpit was made by a member of the church.
The stained glass is said to have come from a studio in Newark, New Jersey, and is high quality although it is not Tiffany. Each window was donated by a local family or organization and has a memorial plaque at the bottom. Each window also has a Bible verse, one of which is misspelled!
Our church has a very active youth group ages ranging between infants to high school. We provide nursery care during church services. During church services, all children are welcome to participate in Kids Fellowship. Kids Fellowship is a bible based program sharing the stories of God in a way children can understand. Children participate in Youth Groups divided by grade and is focused on fun and learning. Our youth groups have many opportunities planned throughout the year, including retreats, fellowship and christian based activities and events. All are welcome!