Services every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Old Carroll is an independent church of the Primitive Baptist faith. It is our earnest desire when we meet to render all praise, honor and glory to God. We practice the New Testament pattern of worship: preaching, praying and singing. We observe communion and feet-washing. While a brief statement of beliefs cannot adequately express all the doctrines of the New Testament Church, these articles serve to clearly define the essential elements of our faith and practice. Yet, if these were merely based upon our beliefs, they would have no more value than any opinion. However, these articles are not founded on our opinions, but upon the word of God. We believe in the one true and living God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost – and these three are one. (Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4; Jer. 10:10; Matt. 28:19; Jno. 1:1, 17:20-23; I Cor. 8:6; II Cor. 13:14; I Tim. 1:17; I Jno. 5:7) We believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the revealed and inspired word of God, and as such are the only rule for both faith and practice. We believe, the King James Bible is the best translation for English speaking peoples and is the preserved word of God. (Psa. 12:6-7; Rom. 15:4; Eph. 2:19-22; II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:19-21) We believe that the Bible is our only rule for faith and practice; therefore, we should strive to follow the word of God in our daily lives. While we seek to live quiet and peaceable lives, we are bound by scripture and it is our ultimate authority. As such, we recognize the biblical qualification for membership, and the standard of living to which God holds us as members. Since we bear the name of Christ we should live a changed life, unlike the world around us, in a way that honors God and does not bring reproach up His name or the Bride of Christ which is the Church. (Exo. 1:16-21; I Kng. 18:3-4; Dan. 3; Act. 4:19-20, 5:29; Rom. 13:17; I Cor. 6:9-11, Gal. 5:19-21, I Tim. 2:1-2, 3:16; Tit. 3:1-3) We believe that all mankind is in a fallen state by nature, and consequently in a state of condemnation. Furthermore, we believe that all mankind engages in his sin nature, and none live above sin. Therefore, man is a sinner both by nature and by practice; man cannot recover himself from this fallen state by his own free will or ability. (Job 14:4; Psa. 14:1-3, 51:5; Rom. 3:9-12, 3:23, 5:12, 7:18-25; 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:1-3, 2:8) We believe God according to his good pleasure, before the foundation of the world, unconditionally elected a specific people, a definite but innumerable number of the human family, in Jesus Christ and predestined them to eternal life and glory. However, we refute the notion that God predestined all events, sin, and wickedness. (Psa. 115:3; Matt. 1:21, 25:31-46; Jno 6:37-47, 10:26-30; Acts 13:48; Romans 8:24-39,9:11-16; Eph. 1:1-11; I Thes. 1:2-4; II Tim. 1:9; I Pet. 1:2) We believe Jesus Christ suffered and died a substitutionary death in the place of His elect only and that His elect are justified in the sight of God by the imputed righteousness of Christ alone. (Jno. 10:11; Act. 20:28; Rom. 5:8-15; II Cor. 5:21; Eph. 2:5; Tit. 3:4-7; Heb. 10:14; I Pet. 3:18; I Jno. 3:9) We believe that in God’s own time and appointed way the Holy Spirit effectually calls, regenerates, and sanctifies all the elect saints of God during their lifetime, sometime between conception and death. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit isn’t dependent on man or man’s devices, nor is man involved except as the passive recipient in the work of regeneration. (Isa. 55:10-11; Jno. 3:3-8; II Tim. 1:9; Jud. 1) We believe all the elect saints are kept by the power of God, preserved in the blood of Jesus Christ, through faith unto salvation, and while some may not persevere faithful until death, not one of the elect shall ever be eternally lost. (Psa. 89:28-37; Jno. 6:37-40, 10:27-30, 14:19-20; Rom. 8:28-39; Heb. 12:6-8; 1 Pet. 1:2-5; Jud. 1) We believe that a Church of Jesus Christ is a company of believers, who turning from the things of the world are baptized upon a profession of faith in the finished work of Christ, contending for the faith once delivered unto the saints and maintaining pure and holy the ordinances as they have been delivered. (Act. 11:26, 16:31-33; Eph. 3:6; Jud. 3) We believe that while from time to time Churches may come together to form ties of fellowship, every Church is a sovereign body, and remains both autonomous and independent. The Church belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ and He is its only head. (Eph. 1:22, 5:23; Col. 1:18). We believe that baptism and communion are the only two ordinances given to the New Testament Church in the Gospel. (Matt. 3:13-17, 26:26-29, 28:19; Mrk. 14:22-26, 16:15-16; Luk. 22:17-20; Jno. 3:23, 13:1-17; Act. 8:28-38; Rom. 6:3-5; I Cor. 10:16, 11:23-28; I Tim. 5:10) Believers are the only proper subjects for baptism and the only true mode of baptism is by immersion. Only those who have been submissive to the first ordinance of baptism may be admitted to partake in the second ordinance of communion. We believe the communion is made up of both the Lord’s Supper and the washing of the saints’ feet, therefore, it is the duty of our members to wash feet as taught in scripture. Furthermore, we believe that no minister has the right to administer the ordinances of the Church, except those who have been baptized, met the qualifications of scripture, have been called by God to the office, and come under the imposition of the hands by the presbytery, and are at the time in good standing with the Church. (Matt. 28:18-20; Luk. 9:60; Act. 13:1-4, 20:28; I Cor. 9:16, 9:27; I Tim. 4:14, 5:22; II Tim. 2:1-6, 2:15; Tit. 1:5-9) We believe that good works and obedience to the commands of God are well pleasing in His sight. As such, it is the duty of our members to honor the covenant they have made, not to obtain eternal life but out of a thankful heart; to live God honoring lives, cheerfully give of themselves, not forsake the worship service, remain unspotted from the world and refrain from membership in worldly orders or religious institutions that teach doctrines contrary to scripture (for example, Freemasonry). (Ecc. 12:14; Amo. 3:3; Matt. 5:14-16, 5:33-37, 6:24; 17:10; I Cor. 10:20, 14:40; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; Gal 5:22-23; Eph. 2:8-10, 5:11-14; Col 2:20-22; I Tim. 6:1-16; Tit. 3:8; Heb. 10:24, 13:16; Jam. 2:17-18) Finally, we believe that when Jesus returns for the second time, there will be a bodily resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. The dead will be raised from the dust of the earth; those that are alive and remain shall be changed, and all the elect will meet the Lord in the air, forever to be with Him. There will be a general judgment, where the sheep are divided from the goats, that the joys of righteous and the punishment of the wicked will be everlasting, and this world will be no more. We do not believe that Christ is returning to set up another earthly kingdom, but the Kingdom exists today having been established by Christ Himself. (Job. 14:14-15; Dan. 12:2; Matt. 4:17, 12:28, 25:31-46; Jno. 5:26-29; Act. 17:31, 24:15; I Cor. 15:35-58; II Cor. 5:10; Phil. 3:20-21; Col 1:12-13; I Thes. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:10-15)
Mission: To follow Jesus Christ as best as we can and be a help to each other along the way.
May 12, 2019: After singing a number of beautiful hymns, “Amazing Grace” was sung as our opening hymn as we shook hands and exchanged hugs of affection one with another. After reading Psalm 91, Brother Joe Anderson offered an opening prayer on behalf of the congregation.
Elder Daryl Hand then presented a sermon using Genesis 26:1-5 as his initial text with additional scriptural support from Isaiah 12:2 and 28:10, Genesis 26:1-5, Deuteronomy 28:1-10 and 15-20, Jeremiah 31:29-34, Hebrews 1:1-3, John 14:1 and 15-21, Philippians 2:13, Ezekiel 18:26-32, Acts 2:40, and numerous other texts. In his presentation Elder Hand first emphasized that the Bible clearly teaches us that there are two salvations in view in the scriptures: the first is our eternal salvation which Jesus Christ alone has obtained for us and to which we can add absolutely nothing; and the second being our temporal salvation to which we can contribute much through our obedience to the Word of God. He further proclaimed that the former is based on God’s unconditional love for us whereas the latter is based on our conditional obedience to the Lord’s instruction to us. Elder Hand emphasized that God has made it clear that in this temporal world we can choose blessing or curse, life or death - - there truly is a salvation that we have to work out with fear and trembling in this temporal life.
He also proclaimed that we all need to save ourselves, in a temporal sense, from this untoward generation. Lastly, Elder Hand further encouraged us to continue to keep our eyes on things above, and (like John the Baptist) to focus less on ourselves and more on Jesus, and to remember that it is God which works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure.
“All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name” was selected for our closing hymn as we again shook hands and exchanged hugs of affection one with another. Brother Joe Anderson then inquired whether there were any special prayer request to be brought before the congregation. After a number of prayer request were brought forth, Elder Richard Tillman was called upon to close services with prayer.
Pictures from Old Carroll Today! Our pastor was on a preaching trip at Antioch church in Florida and Elder Hand graciously filled in.
April 28, 2019: Our singing selections on this rainy April morning seemed to have a very heavenly focus. We then opened services with “Victory In Jesus,” as we shook hands and greeted one another with hugs of affection as we sang. Our Pastor, Elder Jonathan Cook, then reminded us of the need to pray for the church and also inquired whether there were any special prayer requests from the congregation. This was followed by a sweet, and yet very powerful, prayer by Brother Brian Dixon.
Elder Jonathan Cook then presented another very strong sermon using Acts 1:1-12 as his primary text, with additional support from Colossians 4:14, John 15:13-16, 14:15-26 and 16:7-10, Hebrews 10:12, 1st Peter 3:22, 1st Corinthians 15:1-9, Luke 24:13-36, and numerous other scriptures. Elder Cook first taught that Jesus had already been through His betrayal, His trial, His abandonment, His scourging, His crucifixion, His death, His burial, and His resurrection, yet many, to include His own disciples, still did not believe nor fully understand what He had accomplished. We are now at a point where Jesus has walked among men here on earth for forty days. Elder Cook then strongly proclaimed that we (the congregation at Old Carroll Primitive Baptist Church) believe according to scripture in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and we further believe that after forty days He ascended up to heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, and that He is alive and alive forevermore. Elder Cook emphasized that many not only discounted, denied, or misunderstood the resurrection, others even took action to pay for false witnesses in order discredit the truth, as some people do so even to this day. However, the evidence of Jesus’ resurrection was overwhelming and infallible; all the Apostles had seen Him (to include the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus), the men on the road to Emmaus walked, talked and ate with Him, and over five hundred witnesses saw Him, most of which were still alive at the time of the writing of much of the New Testament scriptures. Elder Cook further emphasized how we too, like the men on the road to Emmaus, can experience a sweet burning in our hearts when the gospel message is unfolded in preaching and in our study of the scriptures - - the more we grow in the knowledge of the gospel and the scriptures, the more we partake of the abundant life that Christ has brought. Lastly, Elder Cook taught how even the disciples did not understand that the Lord had established His Kingdom but had to return to heaven so that the Holy Ghost could come to teach them of Jesus, to comfort them with His peace, and to give them power to be witnesses of Him.
“Amazing Grace” and “All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name” were sung as our closing hymns as we again shook hands and exchanged hugs of affection one with another. Brother Joe Anderson was called upon to close services in prayer.
Many stayed after church services to discuss the scriptures and to enjoy an extended time of conversation and sweet fellowship.
April 21, 2019: This morning’s singing was very robust and clearly focused on the Lord of Glory this Resurrection Sunday. After singing a number of beautiful hymns, we choose “Brethern We Have Met To Worship” as our opening hymn as we walked around to shake hands one with another and exchanged hugs of affection. Our Pastor, Elder Jonathan Cook, then once again reminded us of the need to pray for the church and also inquired whether there were any special prayer requests from the congregation. Next, Elder Bill Stephens read Psalm 23 prior to offering a heart-felt opening prayer.
Our Pastor, Elder Jonathan Cook, then presented a very powerful sermon using Matthew 28:1-8 as his primary text with support from Matthew 1:21, 16:21 and 28:11-16 , Mark 9:24, 2nd Timothy 4:2 and 2:15, John 21:15-17 and 20:4-12, Revelation 1:18, Hebrews 11:35 and 10:12, 1st Corinthians 15:20, Galatians 5:22-23, Luke 24:4-11, and a number of other scriptures. Elder Cook began by stating that scripture indicates that the entrance to tomb of Jesus was secured by a very large stone, however, an earthquake occurred and an angel from heaven rolled back the stone and sat upon it. He further emphasized that the stone was not moved by the angle so Jesus could leave the tomb, but rather so that His disciples could come into the tomb and see that Jesus was no longer there. Elder Cook also taught that there was no chair in the Jewish temple for the High Priest to sit upon after he offered sacrifice on behalf of God’s chosen people because the work of the Jewish High Priest was never finished but, as Jesus proclaimed, His sacrificial work was finished. Our High Priest, Jesus, offered one sacrifice for sins forever and then sat down on the right hand of God. It is because of His finished work - - a work which we can neither add to nor take away from - - that we shall be with Him and have heaven as our eternal home. Elder Cook further explained that the angels at the tomb, like many other instances in scripture, first told the disciples to “fear not” - - after all the angels had the good news that Jesus is risen. Elder Cook further emphasized that there had been other resurrections recorded in scripture, but Jesus is the only one that has died, was resurrected, and is alive forever more. Elder Cook also pointed out that Jesus’s disciples were very perplexed at the empty tomb and the grave clothes left behind even though Jesus had told them a number of times that He would be killed and raised again. Elder Cook encourage us by proclaiming that Jesus not only died for the elect children of God, He was resurrected, and is not only alive, but shall return again! He further proclaimed that Jesus has not only conquered death and the grave, and He has taken away the curse.
“Hallelujah What A Savior” was selected as our closing hymn which we sang as we again shook hands and exchanged hugs of affection one with another. Elder Richard Tillman closed the services with a sweet prayer.
After a short break the church reassembled in the sanctuary for our communion and foot-washing service. Our Pastor, Elder Jonathan Cook, then presided over our communion and foot washing service along with Elder Bill Stephens and was assisted by Deacons Brian Dixon and Joe Anderson, as well as visiting Deacon Sam Baggerly. Upon completion of the communion and foot washing service, we sang “Amazing Grace” and then departed the sanctuary.
After our communion and foot washing service, we reassembled in the lunch room for a meal after Brother Mark Colley asked the Lord’s blessing upon our food. A delicious meal and an extended period of sweet fellowship was greatly enjoyed by all.
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We had wonderful service and communion today at Old Carroll!!
April 14, 2019: The singing on this cloudy and wet day was both bright and robust. After singing a number of lovely old hymns, “Brethern We Have Met To Worship” was selected and sung as our opening hymn as we shook hands, greeted each other, and exchanged hugs of affection. Our Pastor, Elder Jonathan Cook, then inquired regarding whether there were any particular prayer requests from the congregation and also reminded us of the need to keep each other in continual prayer. Brother Bruce Black then offered a very sweet and precious opening prayer on behalf of the congregation.
Elder Jonathan Cook then preached a powerful sermon using Matthew 27:26-43 as his primary text, with additional support from numerous parts of John 19, Isaiah 50:6, 52:14 and 53:4, Genesis 3:15, Hebrews 13:11-15, John 23:34-43, 2nd Corinthians 5:1, 1st Thessalonians 4:18, Psalm 22:1, and other additional scriptures. Elder Cook began by strongly encouraging us to look at all four gospel accounts of the events that are described in the primary text in our own personal study of the scriptures in order to gain a deeper and richer understanding of the Word of God. Elder Cook emphasized that the physical burden Jesus bore for us before, on the way to, and at Calvary was brutal. The Roman soldiers had already placed a crown of very large thorns upon His head and pressed it deep into His scalp causing severe pain and significant loss of blood. He was slapped and physically beaten to the point that He was unrecognizable, and even some of the hair of His beard was ripped out. He was severely scourged with whips which had pieces of metal or bone tied to the ends of each strand so that they would rip and tear the flesh of the person being scourged. Though weak from having lost a great deal of blood, Jesus was forced by the Roman soldiers to carry his own very heavy cross uphill to the place of His crucifixion on Calvary. Jesus then endured the intense pain of having both feet and hands being brutally nailed to the cross followed by the agony of it being lifted up and dropped into a hole as His body hung upon those nails. During the hours of His brutal crucifixion, Jesus had painfully struggled using those nails to lift His own weight up enough to draw in each and every breath. Elder Cook further emphasized that Jesus also suffered for us emotionally, not only from the mocking, shame and humiliation by Roman soldiers, the Jewish leaders and the Jewish people, but also suffered for us emotionally as He was totally abandoned by those whom had had loved so dearly and whom had walked with Him in daily ministry. Lastly, Elder Cook emphasized that Jesus also suffered spiritually as the wrath of the Father was poured out upon Him for the sins of His elect people as He took upon Himself the penalty that was due us and became forsaken by the Father. In essence, He that was totally innocent was treated as totally guilty so that the totally guilty elect children of God could be treated as totally innocent. Elder Cook further stated that Jesus, while still hanging on the cross, prayed a prayer of mercy and forgiveness to the Father for the very people that had put Him on the cross as He cried out, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Elder Cook also reminded us that in our unregenerate condition, we did much the same to Jesus as they. Elder Cook also encouraged us to know that when we leave this world we will immediately be with Jesus, just as one thief at Calvary was told by Jesus, and that we should comfort one another with these words. Elder Cook then proclaimed that Jesus suffered more than any man has ever suffered in this world and He willingly did it for us, the elect children of God - - they did not take His life; He willingly gave up the ghost once His work was finished and now Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father. There is nothing that any man can add to or take away from that finished work and it is a work we can trust in and rest in.
“It Is Finished” was selected as our closing hymn which we again sang as we shook hands and exchanged hugs of affection one with another. Brother Mark Chamness was then called upon to provide a closing prayer for our services.
April 7, 2019: On this crisp spring morning we sang many beautiful old hymns reflecting on the love, mercy and grace of our precious Lord. “Come Unto Me” was chosen as our opening hymn which was sung as we shook hands and exchanged hugs of affection one with another. Next, Elder Bill Stephens read and briefly commented on John 14:1-10 prior to offering an opening prayer on behalf of the congregation.
Our Pastor, Jonathan Cook, then presented a powerful sermon using Matthew 27:11-26 as his primary text with many supporting scriptures, to include John 18:5-6 and 18:26, Matthew 26:36-59 and 66-68 and 25:31-33, Isaiah 53:7, Luke 22:24, and various others. First, Elder Cook reminded us of how much the conditions had changed between the time of his text and just a week before when Jesus had triumphantly entered into Jerusalem - - now Jesus was on trial, facing the judgement seat of Pilot, and had been spit upon, scourged and had a bloody crown of thorns pressed deep into His scalp. Elder Cook taught how, though He had prayed three times to the Father, Jesus was always willing to seek the Father’s will for what He was to go through. Elder Cook taught how even the trial of Jesus was conducted in such a manner that it violated their own Jewish law (e.g., it was conducted at night, it was conducted in secret, the testimony of witnesses did not agree, the Jewish leaders had no authority to put someone to death, and the High Priest had also rent his clothing). Elder Cook also emphasized that when given a choice between the release of evil Barabbas (a known thief, murderer and mob leader) or Jesus (who was totally innocent and had done nothing but heal, feed, and give truth to people), the mob chose Barabbas to be set free in large part due to the manipulation of the mob by the Jewish leaders that sought Jesus’ death. Elder Cook further remarked how astonished the fully guilty Barabbas must have been when his chains were loosened and he was set free while the fully innocent Jesus was instead to be crucified - - as we, likewise, should feel equally astonished at our own deliverance from the wages of our sin. Elder Cook further proclaimed that Jesus endured much suffering - - physically, emotionally and spiritually - - at the hands of evil and cruel men and, most important, He did it all for each of us personally, the elect children of God.
“It Is Finished” was sung as our closing hymn as we again shook hands and exchanged hugs of affection one with another, followed by a heart-felt closing prayer by Brother Joe Anderson.
After services we reassembled in the lunch room where Brother Brian Dixon asked the Lord’s blessing upon the food. A delicious meal and time of extended sweet fellowship was enjoyed by all.
oldcarrollpbc.org Jesus’ Arrest and Trial April 7, 2019 Eld. Jonathan Cook Sufferings of Christ Matthew http://www.oldcarrollpbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/190407_Eld-Cook-Jesus-arrest-and-trial.mp3 Save Audio Our Pastor, Jonathan Cook, then presented a powerful sermon using Matthew 27:11-26 as his primary text...
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