What do we believe here at Preakness? The chorus of “We Believe” by the Newsboys says it best:
We believe in God the Father, We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit, And He's given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion, We believe that He conquered death, We believe in the resurrection, And He's comin' back again, we believe!
Preakness Faith Community originated as Preakness Baptist Church and became part of the Wayne Township in January 1955.
We have been in our present location of 1441 Ratzer Road since 1972. We started out and continue to be part of the American Baptist Church denomination, however we changed our name in 2017 to reflect a stronger message to the community.
Preakness represents our roots and the area where we began; Faith represents who we are and who we serve, Jesus Christ; and Community represents why we exist today. We believe we have been planted at 1441 Ratzer Road to bring the love of Christ to this community through our hands, feet, ears, eyes and above all, heart!
The Preakness Faith Community continues to observe two sacraments.
The first is remembering the sacrifice of Our Lord and Savior the first Sunday of each month through communion. Although His sacrifice should be remembered daily, this sacred time in our service helps us to stay focused on just how loved and forgiven we really are through our Savior.
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, “This is my body given for you, do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the super he took the cup, saying “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” Luke 23:19-20
Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is a very personal moment in your life and the most important decision you will ever make. Although you do not need to take any further steps as a Christian to be a child of God, we at Preakness Faith Community also encourage following in the footsteps of Jesus by being baptized through immersion. This is a very personal decision but one that we hold sacred.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20a
Our purpose statement is:
“As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are committed to spread the Gospel to all people, be a living example of His love and spirit, encourage fellowship within the body of Christ, and to strengthen our faith through study and prayer in order to glorify God.”