About Our Church
In the very early part of the nineteenth century, when this part of the world was still being settled, Elder Daniel Burford, a minister of Dixon's Creek Church, began preaching near where the Caney Fork River empties into the Cumberland. The Lord blessed this work, people were saved, joined the body, and Hogan's Creek began to grow.
In June 1806, the Church at Dixon's Creek extended an arm and Hogan's Creek continued under the supervision of the mother Church at Dixon's Creek. Elder Burford was chosen as our pastor. In the fall of that year "seats" were constructed in the town of Carthage and the body met regularly there until 1808 when they moved to a new meeting house on the south side of the river, near the mouth of the Caney Fork. We worshiped there as an arm of Dixon's Creek until June 30, 1810 when they were constituted into an independent church. There were 48 members at that time and the church was known by the name of Caney Fork.
The Church continued to worship here with Elder William Flowers as pastor until 1818. They then moved approximately two miles south of Carthage to the banks of Hogan's Creek. A new house of worship was constructed and the name was changed to Hogan's Creek. The first service was held in the new building in December 1819. In 1860, just before the Civil War, the church constructed a new house of worship. Although changed and remodeled several times over the years, this is the building we now worship in.
Over two hundred years after our establishment we are still meeting every Sunday morning. We meet at 10:00 a.m. for Sunday School and at 11:00 a.m. for Church Service. Our Pastor is Bro. Carter Robinson.
Articles of Faith
We believe in the one only true and living God, and there are three persons in the Godhead – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
We believe that the scriptures of the old and new testaments are the word of God and the only rules of faith and practice.
We believe in the doctrine of original sin, and in man’s impotence (inability) to recover himself from the fallen state he is in by nature, by his own free will and ability.
We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only by the imputed righteousness of Christ.
We believe that the saints will persevere in grace and never finally fall away.
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of Christ Jesus and that true believers are the only proper subjects thereof; and that the only proper mode of baptism is immersion. (To clarify - we believe membership in a church of like faith and order is a prerequisite to partake in the Lord's Supper).
We believe in the resurrection of the dead and general judgement.
We believe that the punishment of the wicked will be everlasting, and the joys of the righteous eternal.
We believe that no minister has the right to the administration of the ordinances, only such as are regularly baptized and come under the imposition of hands by a presbytery.
We believe for a sinner to be saved, he must first be convicted of the sin of unbelief and brought to repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, 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, ordinances, discipline, and doctrine; 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 devotion; 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 engagement, 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 Saviour.
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 Saviour to secure it without delay.
We more over 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.