Principles
early years

Charlie Palmer, R.J. Stiefler, Ed Palmer, and R. M. Stiefler

Those meeting at the Blasdell Gospel Chapel are undenominational, having names that are given to the children of God in the New Testament such as believers (Acts 5:14), Christians (Acts 11:26), brethren (Acts 20:32), etc., or any name which describes all who belong to Christ by the new birth (John 3:3).

We have no enrolled membership. We believe that all who know the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Saviour are thereby constituted members of the true Church, the body of Christ (I Cor. 12:12-13).

The New Testament teaches that each assembly or church is autonomous. Christ the Head has given certain gifts for the edification, or building up, of the whole body of believers. These gifts are evangelists, pastors and teachers (Eph. 4:8-1 6). These are recognized in and discharge their ministry in and with the fellowship of the local assembly. Then also there are bishops, or elders, and deacons in the assembly or church as officers according to New Testament teaching (Acts 20:1 7-28; I Tim. 3:8; Phil. 1:1 ).

Bible teachers, evangelists and missionaries from various places, and local brethren preach at our services.

We have no formulated creed. We accept the Bible, the Word of God divinely inspired (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21 ), as our guide in all things.

DSC_0791We OBSERVE in simplicity the ordinances left by the Lord Jesus for His people, namely:

  1. Baptism as a believer by immersion. (Acts 8:38; Rom. 6:3,4; Matt. 28:19)

  2. The Breaking of Bread or Lord’s Supper, where, as believers in Christ, we gather in response to His own request: “This do in remembrance of Me”, to “show the Lord’s death till He come”. (Luke 22:19; Acts 2:42; I Cor. 11:23-26)

We BELIEVE the Bible teaches among other things:

“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23) “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23)

“The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God.” (II Thess. 1:7,8)

DSC_0807“Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by Him all that believe are justified from all things from which we could not be justified by the iaw of Moses.” (Acts 13:38,39)

“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (II Cor. 5:21 )

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

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