The Remembrance Meeting
Click the link to read a letter from the elders about how we meet for Remembrance Meeting.
Principles of Gathering
Greetings as you come to fellowship with us at Northeast Bible Chapel, where we come together to meet only in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. As such, we welcome all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ – those who are members of the one true Church (universal) per 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; that is to say, all those who have acknowledged their sin, put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, and have been redeemed from their sins by His blood shed at Calvary.
We have no other church membership and hold to only one leader – the Lord Jesus Christ as our head per Colossians 1:18; who also is the great shepherd and chief bishop.
Accordingly, we have no earthly ministers, clergy, or priests to lead us and no higher Church organization or hierarchy to report to, but are led solely by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are not, however, of the charismatic or Pentecostal persuasion. The church government is through a body of elders (overseers) who are responsible to shepherd, care for, teach, lead and protect the believers who meet here.
We believe in and practice the Scriptural principles of gathering, as given in the New Testament. The four basic guidelines/practices we follow, as stated Acts 2:42, are (1) the apostles' doctrines (or teaching), (2) fellowship, (3) breaking of bread (also called communion or the Lord's supper)/worship, and (4) prayer -- and as further taught and explained in the epistles.
Although all meetings of the Church are important, the breaking of bread/worship is of first importance. All believers take part in the breaking of bread/worship, as priests to God (1 Peter 2:9): the men audibly, as the Holy Spirit leads – the women silently, except for the singing (1 Corinthians 14:34).
We practice only two ordinances, as commanded by the Lord: the Breaking of Bread [Lord's Supper or communion] (1 Corinthians 11:22-26) and baptism (Matthew 28:19). In order to partake in the breaking of bread (remembering his death at Calvary) one must be a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior and be in fellowship with him.
What We Believe
God's Word, the Bible, is inspired.
God, moving holy men to write, made sure that His revelation about Himself was recorded without error in the original documents.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
God is alive and eternal.
He is the Designer and Creator of the universe. No one equals Him in power, authority, or knowledge. He is a person and cares about the people He has made. He is holy and always does what is just and right. He loves each one of us.
(Genesis 1:1-31, Isaiah 44:6-8, Romans 3:25-26, Colossians 1:13-17)
Jesus Christ is God.
He has always existed, but became a man by a miraculous birth, and lived on earth, perfectly without sin, to show us what God is like. He healed the sick and handicapped. He comforted those who were sad, fed the hungry, brought dead people back to life, and rebuked hypocrisy and greed.
(John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35, Colossians 1:13-15)
Jesus died for the sins of the world.
He voluntarily accepted the punishment for sin that we deserve for disobeying God and failing to honor Him. Three days after His death, Jesus lived again! Many witnesses saw and talked with Him. Six weeks later He returned to heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God as Lord and Savior.
(1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Luke 24:39, 1 Peter 1:3-5, Acts 1:9-11,
1 John 2:2)
Anyone can be forgiven their sins.
To any person who believes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, who has come into the world to save them from their sins and give them eternal life, God, based on His promise, freely gives them eternal life and the forgiveness of sins. God declares "Their sins and iniquities I will remember no more." Jesus also said "Father, forgive them."
(Romans 3:23, John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, 1 John 2:2, Ephesians 2:8-9)
Those who become accepted in the Beloved become members of God's family, the Church.
We are motivated to live clean and honest lives.
(Romans 1:5, 8:38-39; John 10:27-30, 16:8-15; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10)
The Holy Spirit is God.
He is equal with the Father and the Son. He is the Comforter (another just like Jesus) whom Jesus sent from the Father. Those who put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ are indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit's purpose is to reveal, honor, and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Ephesians 1:13-14, John 14:16-17, John 15:26)
Jesus Christ is coming back to receive His Church unto Himself.
They will be changed like unto His glorious body. Ultimately, all people will be raised from the dead. Those whose names are not found written in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire.
(1 Corinthians 15:51-52, Philippians 3:20-21, Revelation 20:11-15)