What We Believe About the Bible,
We believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God, the supreme authority for man, and that all men will one day be judged according to its precepts. (Psalm 119:89; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
What We Believe About God:
We believe that God exists eternally in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-and that these three are one God. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We believe that God is the absolute and sole creator of the universe, and that creation occurred by divine decree, not through any evolutionary process. (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16)
What We Believe About Jesus Christ:
We believe that God, by His sovereign choice and out of His deep love for people, sent Christ into the world to save sinners. (Luke 19:10; John 3:16-17; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 1:3-7)
We believe that Jesus Christ came to earth in the flesh, that He was born of a virgin, that He was both God and man. We believe that He lived a sinless life in which He taught and performed mighty works and wonders exactly as revealed in the four Gospels. We believe that He was crucified, that He died as a penalty for the sins of mankind, and that He was physically raised from the dead on the third day. We believe that He ascended back to heaven, where He is the head of the church and intercedes for believers. We believe that He is coming to earth again in bodily form to set up His kingdom. (Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-14; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 4:15; Revelation 19:11-20:6)
What We Believe About the Salvation:
We believe that salvation-with its forgiveness of sins, its impartation of a new nature, and its assurance of eternal life-is entirely apart from good works, baptism, church membership, or any other human effort, and is strictly by grace-the undeserved favor of God. We believe that since the Lord Jesus Christ made a perfect atonement for sin when He died on the cross, individuals are saved and declared righteous by God on the grounds of repentance and faith in Jesus' death on the cross. (Luke 13:3,5; Romans 3:21-4:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7; Hebrews 9:14)What We Believe About the Security of the Believer:
We believe that a true believer is eternally secure and cannot lose salvation, but that sin may interrupt the joy of his fellowship with God and bring the loving discipline of his Heavenly Father. (John 10:28-29; Romans 8:1; Hebrews 12:5-11; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 John 1:5-10)
What We Believe All Have That Receive Christ:
We believe that all who receive Christ become joint-heirs with Him; at death, their spirits depart to be with Christ in conscious blessedness; at the rapture their bodies will be raised in the likeness of His glorified body, and they will dwell forever with Him. (Luke 23:43; Romans 8:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
What We Believe About the Duty of Every Believer:
We believe that it is the goal of every Christian to grow in spiritual maturity through obedience to the Word of God and the indwelling Holy Spirit.(John 14:21; Galatians 5:16-26; 2 Peter 1:5-8; 3:18; 1 John 3:22)
What We Believe About the Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person, is fully God, and possesses all the divine attributes. We believe that He baptizes and seals all believers at the moment of salvation, indwells all believers, and fills them in response to their confession of sin and submission to Him. (Genesis 1:2; John 14:16-17, 26; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18)
The Church Covenant
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ, to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions, to educate our children in the Christian faith; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the cause of our Saviour; to make Christ first in all things both spiritual and temporal.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offence, to be always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry on the spirit of the covenant and the principles of the Word of God.
How To Become a Member of the Knobs Baptist Church
By Profession of Faith and Baptism
If you will receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord and follow Him in baptism by immersion, we will welcome you into our fellowship. If you have received Christ but have not been baptized by immersion, we invite you to join by baptism, which gives public testimony of your salvation and indicates your desire to be obedient to the Lord.
As one whose membership is in a Baptist church elsewhere, we will be pleased to welcome you into our church family should God direct you here. We will be happy to take care of the details involved in transferring your membership.
In the event that church records are not available for a transfer of membership, we will welcome you as a member upon your statement of faith in Christ and your testimony of having been obedient in following our Lord in scriptural baptism.
You may express your desire to become a member of Knobs Baptist Church by any of the above means by presenting yourself during the invitation that is extended at the close of each service. Of course, any such decision assumes your commitment to being faithful in prayer and participation in the Lord’s work at our church.
Randy F. Miller
The History of Our Church
The Knobs community being among the oldest settlements in Shelby County came into existence in 1832. In 1837, the need for a church became a priority among the settlers, so they organized the Knobs Community Church. In approximately 1841 the building was built to house the worship services. Then in 1852, the Separate Baptist Church of Christ was organized; changing the name from Knobs Community Church. Their pastor was Rev. Willis Whitfield. In 1858 there were 3 pastors, Samuel Vaught, F.S. Randolph and Bro. Turner.
Again a name change in June 1861, the Providence Baptist Church was organized with Rev. Willis Whitfield as Pastor. He was released in 1867. During this time Bro. Turner, Bro. Penman and Bro. F.S. Randolph took turns helping with the preaching. In the years to follow the pastors were: 1870-1876 Bro. F.S. Randolph, 1876-1877 Bro. N. Corley, 1877-1873 Samuel Vaught, 1883-1885 C.P. Roberts, 1885-1888 Bro. F.S. Randolph, 1888-1890 C.P. Roberts, 1890-1891 Bro. Levi Corley, 1891-1892 James W. Tolley, 1892-1895 M.C. Jones and Elder Freeman, 1895-1898 M.C. Jones, 1898-1901 C.P. Roberts, 1901-1903 Levi Corley, 1903 C.P. Roberts, 1903-1912 Levi Corley, 1912-1914 D.A. Belmar.
The old church building was moved and on this present site in the fall of 1914 the new building was built. Pastors who served were: 1915-1916 C.P. Roberts, 1916-1918 J.F. Pease, 1918-1920 J.E. Bowman, 1920 No church services because of not being able to get a pastor, 1921-1922 Bro. Spears, 1922-1923 No church services, 1923-1924 A.J. Burnville, 1924-1927 W.F. Buskirk. In the late 1920's the church was being called the Knobs Providence Baptist Church.
1927-1932 there were no church services. 1932-1933 Bro. Chappell was pastor. In 1933 Bro. Lloyd Rodman preached his first sermon. In 1933 Church closed for the winter. In 1934 the church opened again with Bro. Lloyd Rodman preaching through 1942. 1942-1943 Harmon Etter acted as pastor. 1943-1944 L.W. Hostetler. In the mid 1940's Providence was dropped from the church title to Knobs Baptist Church as it is to this present date.
1944-1982 Bro. Lloyd Rodman served as pastor. In 1949 the basement was put under the building for classrooms and fellowship. In 1953 the parsonage was purchased in DoIlville. In the fall of 1958 a class room was added to the northwest corner of the present building. In October 1960, 5 more class rooms were built on the east end of the present church building and extending the basement. Also adding parking space. In September 1980 the fellowship hall was completed and dedicated in the northeast section of the church property.
1982-1986 Don Strothers was pastor, 1987-1991 John O'Neil, 1991-1992 Dan Adkins, 1992-1994 Glenn Baker, Interim Pastor and in January of 1994 Our present pastor Randy Miller was called.