Downeast Baptist Church
Founded on God's Word - Emphasizing Spiritual Growth and Evangelistic Outreach
393 Dublin Street, P.O. Box 316, Machias, ME 04654 (207) 255-5822
Who are we?
What do we believe?
What about music?
Who are we?
Downeast Baptist Church is a New Testament fellowship of born-again believers in Jesus Christ. We have a three-fold mission given to us by the Word of God:
● To evangelize those without Christ (Mark 16:15).
● To edify those who are in Christ (Matthew 28:19-20).
● To exalt the Lord Jesus Christ in everything we do (1 Corinthians 10:31).
When do we meet?
The Preaching and teaching of the precious Word of God is the focus of all of the services at Downeast Baptist Church. As many churches are getting away from this, Downeast Baptist Church is committed to obeying the commands of God.
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:2–4
9:15 a.m. DBC prayer time
9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages
11:00 a.m. Worship Service
6:00 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer Meeting
Where do we meet?
Downeast Baptist Church is located South of Machias on U.S. Route 1.
The street address is 393 Dublin Street, Machias, ME 04654
Why do we meet?
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:11
Jesus Christ is Lord!
SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT POSSIBLE ONLY THROUGH THE MERITS OF THE SHED BLOOD OF CHRIST.
•For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23
•For the wages of sin is death; Romans 6:23a
•But God commendeth (demonstrated) his love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
•For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
•That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9
•For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13
What Must I Do To Be Saved?
Repent, which means that you change your mind and heart about sin, self and the Savior. Admit that you are a sinner headed for Hell, and believe on Christ that His shed blood is the only remedy for your condition. It is that simple. Put your faith completely and only in Jesus Christ and His finished work of redemption which consists of His death on the cross for your sins, His burial and His glorious resurrection. There is nothing that a sinful man can do to please a Holy God. But God in His infinite love for us provided His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to completely pay for the sin debt we owe.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us,
by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Titus 3:5
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Don't put this decision off. Tomorrow could be too late!
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Hebrews 9:27
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee:
behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 2 Corinthians 6:2
Pray right now. Confess to God that you are a sinner. Admit that there is nothing you can do to save yourself. Ask Jesus Christ to save you, turning to Him alone for your salvation. He will.
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. John 6:37
If you have prayed and asked God to save you, or if you have any other questions or comments, please e-mail me. Thank you.
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Downeast Baptist Church is pleased to welcome Pastor Norman Brown!
Pastor Norman Brown; his wife, Arlene; and their son, Andrew.
Downeast Baptist Church
Declaration of Faith
(Article 5 from DBC Constitution and By-Laws)
Doctrine of the Bible
We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the inerrant, plenary, verbally inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 6:63) and is to be the sole rule of faith and practice (Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:105; Matthew 4:4; John 17:17; Romans 10:17). It is God’s infallible, completed revelation to mankind Revelation 22:18-19). It is inspired (2 Peter 2:20-21) and illuminated (John 14:26; 1Corinthians 2:14) by the Spirit of God and should be interpreted literally.
Doctrine of God
We believe that Yahweh is the one true God (Isaiah 44:6) and that He possesses one divine essence which is entirely indivisible (Deuteronomy 4:25, 39, 6:4; Isaiah 45:21-22; 44:6; John 17:3; 1 Timothy 2:5). Within the Godhead unity there are three eternal distinctions or persons: God the Father (Psalm 2:7; Matthew 11:25; 27:46; John 5:32, 37; Galatians 4:4), God the Son (John 1:1, 18; 20:28; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 5:20), and God of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14). These three persons of the Trinity are coexistent, coeternal, and coequal (Matthew 3:16-17; 1 Peter 1:2). We believe that God created the universe out of nothing (Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3) in six literal days (Genesis 1-2) and continues to exercise His sovereign control over it (1 Chronicles 29:11; Daniel 5:21), preserving it until the day of judgment (Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3, 2 Peter 3:7).
Doctrine of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s divine Son (John 1:1, 14; Colossians 1:16-17; Galatians 4:4). We believe in His incarnation (John 1:1, 14; Luke 2:1-20; Philippians 2:7-8) and virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:16, 22-23; Galatians 4:4); that He is eternal in His existence (Colossians 1:15-18), yet at the time of His incarnation was entirely God and entirely man: one person with two distinct natures (Matthew 3:17; John 1:1-14; Romans 1:3-4); that He never sinned (Hebrews 4:15); and that He shed His blood vicariously (Isaiah 53; 1 Peter 2:23-35) for mankind (John 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22). He died, was buried and arose bodily the third day from the grave (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), ascending back to heaven forty days after the resurrection (Luke 24:50-51). He currently makes intercession for believers (Hebrews 4:14; 7:24-25) and is the Head of the Church (Colossians 1:18-19). He will physically return for His own at the rapture (1Thessalonians 4:15-17; Acts 1:11) and for unbelievers in judgment at His Second Coming (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).
Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity (John 14:16, 26; Ephesians 4:30). He is coequal, coeternal, and coexistent with God the Father and God the Son (Luke 1:35; Matthew 28: 19-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14). He is not simply a force but is a person with characteristics such as intellect (Romans 8:27; 1 Corinthians 2:11), will (1 Corinthians 12:11), and emotion (Romans 15:30; Ephesians 4:30). He was involved in inspiration (2 Peter 1:21) and creation (Genesis 1:2) and currently involves himself in reproving the world of sin (John 16:8-11), glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:26; 16:12-14), imparting life (John 6:63), restraining sin (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7), regenerating unbelievers (John 3:6), indwelling believers (Romans 8:9), baptizing believers into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13), sealing believers (Ephesians1:13-14), and filling or empowering believers for service (Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:8). He gives gifts to men (1 Corinthians 12:1-14, 40; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:7-11) in order that they might serve Him and others. We oppose any form of the modern Charismatic Movement and its teachings regarding tongues or other spiritual manifestations which detract from the Lord Jesus Christ, replace Biblical salvation, or are inconsistent with Scripture.
Doctrine of Sin
We believe that sin began in heaven with Satan leading a rebellion against God among the angels (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:14-19) and upon earth when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden (Romans 5:12). We define sin as the transgression of God’s law or will (1 John 3:4). We believe that sin brings physical (Genesis 2:17; Romans 5:12), spiritual (Romans 5:21; Ephesians 2:1, 5), and eternal death (Matthew 25:41; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 21:8) upon man. We believe that men who reject God’s Son as Savior go to a literal place called hell (Matthew 11:23; Luke 16:23) to await the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-13) and their eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:14-15).
Doctrine of Man
We believe that God instantaneously created man without sin (Ephesians 4:24) in His own image (Genesis 1:27, 2:7) and that Adam willingly chose to transgress God’s law (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-7), bringing sin, depravity, and judgement upon the entire human race (Romans 3:9-12, 23; 5:12, 19). Thus, man is born with a sinful nature (Romans 5:12) which apart from the saving grace of Jesus Christ will bring forth God’s eternal judgement (Romans 6:23; John 3:16).
Doctrine of Salvation
We believe that salvation cannot be earned through merit or good works (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5) and that unless the Spirit of God convicts a man’s heart (John 6:44), he will not turn to Christ in saving faith. We believe a person must acknowledge his sinfulness before God and his belief in the resurrection of Christ and personally place his faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ to inherit eternal salvation (Acts 4:12; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Isaiah 53:5-6; 1 John 1:29; 1 John 2:2). We believe at the time of a man’s conversion he is freed forever from the penalty of sin (Romans 5:1, 10; Hebrews 10:10). From that moment on, God seeks to transform him into the image of Christ (Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:8-12) and upon his death or the Lord’s return frees him from the presence of sin (1 John 3:2).
Doctrine of the Church
We believe the church is a “called out” assembly of believers from the world which began on the day of the Pentecost (Acts 2). We believe that membership of the local church is limited to individuals who truly know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and have been baptized by immersion (Acts 2:38-41). We believe the Bible is the sole rule of faith and practice. We believe in the priesthood of believers (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:15-16; 1 Peter 2:9) and in the autonomy of the local church.We believe in two church ordinances: baptism by immersion after salvation for those truly receiving Christ as Savior (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; Acts 10:47-48) and the Lord’s Supper for all obedient believers (1 Corinthians 11: 23-26). We believe that baptism is an outward picture of the new birth which identifies a believer with Christ (Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21) and that the Lord’s Supper commemorates the death of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:23-26), symbolizing His sacrifice for our sins. Neither baptism nor the Lord’s Supper possesses any power to save man from his sins.We believe in two church offices: pastor (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9) and deacons (1 Timothy 3:8-13). We believe in the separation of the believer from sin and the world (1 John 2:15-17; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 5:11); in separation from false teachers, including all forms of unbelief such as Modernism, Neo-Orthodoxy, Liberalism, and organizations (e.g. World and National Council of Churches) supporting such movements (Matthew 7:15-20; Galatians 1:8-9); and in separation from disobedient brethren (Matthew 18:15-18; Titus 3:9-11; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13).
Doctrine of Angels
We believe that God created spiritual beings called angels (Nehemiah 9:6; Colossians 1:16-17) who because of Satan’s revolt in heaven (Isaiah 14:13-14; Jude 6; Revelation 12:3-4) became divided between good and evil angels. Angels are incorporeal (Hebrews 1:14), are without sex (Matthew 22:30), and are innumerable (Hebrews 12:22). Although neither omniscient nor omnipotent, they do possess superior knowledge and strength to man (Matthew 24:36; 2 Peter 2:11). They also exist in angelic ranks (Ephesians 6:12). We believe that Satan is a real angelic being who exalted himself against God (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:14-19). He is a wicked liar (John 8:44) and the great tempter (Matthew 4:1). He desires to have the worship of all beings (Matthew 4:9) and to destroy believers (Luke 22:31). Satan is the god of this world (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11) and the prince of the air (Ephesians 2:2; 6:12). He rules a host of demons who tempt believers (1 Thessalonians 3:5) and at times possess unbelievers (Matthew 12:22). In the end, God will cast Satan and his demons into the Lake of Fire for all eternity (Revelation 20:10).
Doctrine of the End Times
We believe Bible prophecy should be interpreted from the pre-tribulational, pre- millennial viewpoint (Daniel 9:26-27; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-10; Revelation 20:1-6). We believe the next imminent event on God’s prophetic timetable is the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 5:1-6). Following the rapture, all believers will return to heaven for the Judgment Seat of Christ to receive their rewards according to their works (1 Corinthians 3:13-15; 2 Corinthians 5:9-11) and to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7-8). After the rapture, the next event upon the earth will be seven literal years of the Tribulation Period (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 5:1-18:24). At the end of these seven years, Christ will physically return to earth in His Second Coming with His saints (Zechariah 14:4-5; Revelation 19) to judge the beast and false prophet and to initiate a literal Millennial Kingdom, upon the earth (Revelation 19:19-20:6). At the end of Christ’s Millennial Kingdom, Christ will release Satan “for a little season” to deceive the nations of the earth for a final time (Revelation 20:7-9). At the end of this “season,” God will cast Satan into the Lake of Fire for all eternity (Revelation 20:10) and will resurrect the unsaved dead to face the Great White Throne Judgement and to be cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15). However, God will cause believers to dwell with Him in the New Heavens and the New Earth for all eternity (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1-22:5).
Our Position on Music
Music is an important and integral component of Biblical worship. In Colossians 3:16 the Bible says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Because of this, and many other, admonitions, as well as the preponderance of bad and ungodly music in many churches of today, the following statement concisely describes our position on music:
We believe that music is moral – that is, there is godly music and there is ungodly music. We also understand that within godly music there are various tastes. However, anything that sounds like the music which the world uses should be avoided by the Christian. Therefore, we use conservative Christ honoring hymns and gospel songs in our services.
From Article XIII, Section 2 of the Downeast Baptist Church Constitution and Bylaws:
“This church will have no part of any sensual sound, worldly appearance, night club demeanor, or choreography which is in much “gospel music” today (1 Thessalonians 5:22; 1 John 2:15-17). It will use music which has a proper balance of melody, harmony, and rhythm (Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16) and avoid pieces written by contemporary artists whose lives, philosophy, and lifestyles are identified with worldliness and unscriptural religious movement (2 Corinthians 6:17-18). It will teach that music itself is moral and communicates, along with the text, a theological and philosophical message.”
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