Praise God for our Past, Present and Future

img1In the year of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ 1875, through Mother Lena, at the corner of Ward (now known as Houston) and Davis Streets, a prayer circle was formed. These Prayer Meetings grew and the Holy Spirit was moved to organize the Shiloh Baptist Church, May 15, 1875. At that time the first Pastor was called, ordained and installed. Since that early date, the Lord has allowed His Church to remain a vital, soul-saving force in the LaVilla Community for many, many decades. During these 100+ years, Shiloh has been blessed with twelve Pastors, all men endowed with the Holy Spirit.

In the year of 1932, after the death of Pastor C. T. Dorrah, the Church called the late Reverend A. B. Coleman, Sr. Under the leadership of this notable man of vision, Shiloh grew to be the leading Baptist Church in the city. God endowed him with the vision to build the beautiful sanctuary that we now call the Coleman Auditorium. It was completed in 1955.  Reverend Coleman, retired in 1976, after serving as Pastor for 44 years. In 1978, the Church called Reverend Eugene Pryor, who served as Pastor until 1984, then he resigned. In 1986, Reverend James Matthews, Jr. was called as Pastor. He served until his resignation in October of 1992.

smbcIn April of 1993, Pastor Darrell L. Gilyard, Sr. became the shepherd of this flock. Under his leadership, we entered our newest 5,000 seat sanctuary in May of 2002. Pastor Gilyard served Shiloh until his resignation in December of 2007.

On July 30, 2008, Shiloh ended a seven month search, when the church unanimously called  H.B. Charles, Jr., a young man from Los Angeles, California, as our next Pastor.  God has blessed Shiloh with an under shepherd who exhibits God’s love from his heart and teaches the Word of God expositorily from the Bible.  We rejoice in the work that God has yet to reveal to us, as Pastor Charles writes the next chapter in Shiloh’s history. Pastor Charles truly believes that “Our Dreams are Greater than our Memories.”

Statement of Faith

We affirm the Holy Bible as the God-breathed Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21), and the only basis for our faith and practice.  The Church accepts “The Baptist Faith and Message,” a 1963 affirmation (revised in 2001) of basic Christian beliefs, as a general statement of our faith.  The following is a synopsis of the major tenants of our Statement of Faith.
Scripture.
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.
God.
There is one and only living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Jesus Christ.
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from Sin.
Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ.
Man.
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race.
Salvation.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. Only the grace of God can bring man into his Holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God.
Church.
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Baptism & the Lord’s Supper.
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
The Lord’s Day.
The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private.
Last Things.
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness.

Church Covenant

Having received Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord and having been baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, we most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ. We accept the Statement of the Church and commit ourselves to God and to our fellow members to direct our lives in accordance with the following four principles:

To Serve the Ministry of Our Church
  • By discovering our gifts and talents(1 Peter 4:10-11)
  • By being disciples to Serve (Ephesian 4:11-12)
  • By developing a servant’s heart and participating in Ministry (Mark 10:45)
To Share the Responsibility of our Church
  • By praying for its spiritual and physical growth (1 Thessalonians 1:2; 5:17)
  • By inviting the unchurched to attend (Luke 14:23)
  • By warmly welcoming and befriending those who visit (Romans 15:7)
To Protect the Unity of our Church
  • By acting in love toward other members (Romans 15:5, 1 Peter 1:22)
  • By encouraging each other in word and deed and refraining from unwholesome talk (Ephesians 4:29)
  • By following the Church Leaders as they follow Christ (Hebrews 13:17)
To Support the Testimony of our Church
  • By attending faithfully (Hebrews 10:24-25)
  • By living a Godly Life (2 Corinthians 7:1)
  • By giving regularly (1 Corinthians 16:2, Leviticus 27:30)

 

Having been led, as we believe, by the spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior.  And on the 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. 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, ordinance, discipline, and doctrines; 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 through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; 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, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior. We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; To remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; To be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior 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 out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.