Dayton Center Church

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What We Believe

Dayton Center Covenant


Having received Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, and having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now solemnly and joyfully covenant together as members of the Dayton Center Church to lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him.


We promise by the aid of the Holy Spirit to forsake the ways of sin and to walk together in Christian love in the paths of righteousness. To this end we will strive together for the peace and purity of this church. We will endeavor to sustain its worship; to contribute, as faithful stewards, time, talent, and money in the measure that God has prospered us; that the responsibility for the work of the church be faithfully and effectively discharged.


We will endeavor to maintain family and private devotions; to teach the Bible to our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to be just in our dealings and exemplary in deportment; to avoid unkind words and unrighteous anger; to abstain from both morally destructive behavior and harmful addictions; to combine zeal and knowledge in an effort to advance the cause of our Savior; to make Christ first in all things.


We further pledge to give and receive admonition with meekness and love; to pray one for another; to aid each other in times of sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy; to be courteous in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation; and to encourage one another in the blessed hope of our Lord’s return.


If and when we move from this place, we will as soon as possible, unite with another church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of the Word of God.

 

Our Beliefs


The Bible

We believe the Holy Bible, 66 books in all, was written by men divinely led to write the inspired Word of God.  It is therefore the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and Christian behavior.  We hold the verbal and plenary inspiration of each book of the original scriptures.


God

We believe there is only one living and true God, eternally existing in three distinct and mutually related persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the same in essence, equally in every divine perfection. 


Jesus Christ
We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, His death to pay the penalty of our sins, His bodily resurrection, His exaltation at God's right hand, and His personal, imminent, and pre-millennial return.

Sin
We believe man was created in the image of God but fell through sin and is, therefore, guilty before God and under His condemnation.

Salvation
We believe salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus by faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into His life by faith.

Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit dwells within every believer to enlighten, guide, and enable him to do what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift, when they are saved, for the building up of the body of Christ.  As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

Eternal Security
We believe God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ and therefore, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose it." Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.

End Times
We believe Jesus Christ Himself will soon come again in the air to catch up His Church and to reward their service. The unbelievers left behind will go through a period called the Tribulation, after which
Christ will return to the earth to set up His Kingdom of one thousand years of righteous rule. After this, the unbelievers of all ages will stand at the Great White Throne to be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, separated from God forever, while the believers spend eternity in the fullness of joy in Heaven with the Lord.

Church
We believe God is working in and through local churches today.  Local churches are assemblies of believers who are baptized by immersion, organized with Biblical offices, and meeting with the purpose of evangelism and edification.