The members of First Baptist Church of Bennington are a diverse group of faithful Christians.
We affirm the Apostle’s Creed, which states:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
We also look to the 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith (circa 1689), which is a helpful summary of Christian beliefs and practices. Being written over 300 years ago, we remember the original writers had concerns we do not necessarily have, nor could they be aware of some of our particular concerns. Therefore we look first to the Bible in all things.
Another summary of our historic beliefs can be found in our church covenant, which we regularly re-affirm (original date unknown).
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of our Heavenly Father, to associate ourselves with this church in its united effort to promote God’s will on earth, we therefore solemnly enter into agreement with one another and with the Lord Jesus Christ.
That we will strive to live a new and holy life, walking together in love as disciples of Jesus who said, “This is my commandment to you, to love one another as I have loved you… by this shall all men know that you are my disciples.”
That we will seek to emulate the teachings of the New Testament: laying aside falsehood and speaking the truth. We will be kind one to another that we may live as children of light, standing firm as men and women of mature character and of clear convictions as to everything which is God’s will.
That we will sustain this church in its worship, teaching and missionary interests home and abroad by our regular attendance at its services; and will contribute, as God prospers us, to meet various needs of the Kingdom; knowing that this is the only way we can keep the church strong and its work progressive.
That we will aim to maintain private family devotion, create a Christian atmosphere within our homes, encourage cheerfulness, a right appreciation of prayer, and a balance of Christian life.
That we pledge ourselves to maintain individual liberty of conscience to strive with all Christ’s followers in a courageous effort to bring our social relations into harmony with all society and government, to promote peace, and a better understanding among mankind.
That should we move from this community we will as soon as possible unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s word.