Please read carefully the New Beginning Full Gospel Baptist Church Doctrinal Statement:
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgressions fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the most tender sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate, and all-sufficient Savior.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing, which Christ secures to such as believe in him, is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces; wrought in our soul by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest, and King, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.
We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting that promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of His free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, that Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day, Christ will descend from heaven and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be condemned to endless punishment and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgement will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell on principles of righteousness.
The second Sunday in August 1993, Bishop James H. Morton and over 800 followers of Jesus Christ answered God’s call to rise up and go to worship and to serve the Lord in the Decatur High School Gymnasium.
Immediately following church school (which consisted of 18 classes) the gymnasium was transformed into a sanctuary accommodating over 1200 worshippers each Sunday. By the grace of God, through the man of God, over 225 souls were added to the church.
Following the vision and leadership of our pastor, we began negotiations to purchase the 1.9 million dollar Forest Hills Church and Education Complex. Many skeptics in the community doubted that a group of people worshipping just a few months in a gymnasium could acquire this valuable real estate.
Step by step we marched on with God’s guidance and the leadership of Pastor Morton, Deacons’ Ministry Chairman, Trustee Ministry Chairperson and the Building Fund Ministry Chairperson.
In the love, peace and unity empowered by the Holy Ghost the entire congregation marched by faith not by sight on to victory.
Despite the fiery darts of Satan, God’s church did not falter or fail, for it was founded upon Jesus Christ. This church was founded upon the Rock that would be known as the New Beginning Full Gospel Baptist Church.
Not by might or power of men but by the Spirit of the Lord of Hosts, New Beginning Full Gospel Baptist Church marched into our church complex on Sunday, June 5, 1994! We entered into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise; we are thankful unto Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good! His mercy is everlasting and His truth endureth to all generations. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord! Under the strong leadership and guidance of Pastor James H. Morton and with much prayer, New Beginning continues to grow and prosper.
In the spring of 1996, God gave our Bishop a vision concerning the renovation of the sanctuary. Through the divine will of God we are now seated in a beautifully refurbished 2300 seat edifice as a reminder of and a memorial to God’s awesome power.
In 2023, upon Bishop Morton’s transition, he passed the mantel of the leadership of New Beginning to Pastor Tracy L. Boles.
Pastor Boles is delighted to return to his home church to carry on the legacy of Bishop Morton.