About AMBC

We invite you to come join in worship with us. We also broadcast our sermons TV as well as youtube.
9:30 a.m.   Antioch Bible Institute Service
10:30 a.m.   Mid-Morning Worship
4:00 p.m The Sons of Thunder
(1st Sunday–Baptismal & Communion Observances)
10:30 a.m. Mid-Morning Bible Study
6:30 p.m.   Prayer Service
7:00 p.m.   Evening Bible Study
7:00 p.m.   Youth Bible Study
7:00 p.m.   Children’s Bible Study
Television Broadcast:
Sermon starts at 07:00 a.m.
Channel 19 – Decatur

Our Motto

Exalt the Savior | Reconcile Man Back to God | Seek and Save the Lost

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(A Plan for Salvation–the logical steps from God’s Word, the Bible, that all must take to be saved)

Step 1. Realize you have sinned. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

There is punishment for your sin. “For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23

Step 2. You cannot save yourself. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourself: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Step 3. God has provided salvation for all who believe in the finished work of Christ on the cross. “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Step 4. Repent of your sin. “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3

Repentance is a change of mind which results in a change of action.

Step 5. Confess your sins to God. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9

Step 6. Receive Christ into your heart by faith. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.” John 1:12

Step 7. Proclaim Jesus as Lord. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9


The Antioch Missionary Baptist Church had its beginning on Spring Street in 1857 under the inspiration of Grandma Carr, Mrs. Emily Gain and Mrs. Gilbert Vernon.

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1857 – ? Rev. Reasoner First pastor of Antioch Baptist Church

1857-1905 Reverends: Hall, Stewart, Frank Bates, D. J. Tate, Jones, Alexander, Pearman, and Smith During these years, Black’s first went to school here in Decatur. . .adults as well as children

1906-1919 Rev. James A. Crockett (fourteen years of service) Credited with plans for and dedicating a new church building

1920-1922 Rev. W. P. Washington Church parsonage was acquired and first furnace was installed replacing old stoves

1923-1926 Rev. Peter W. Fields (from Bloomington, IL) Left the church debt-free and with a small surplus treasury

1926-1928 Rev. M. L. Porter, Sr.

1929-1930 Rev. J. A. McPherson Plans for completely remodeling church: purchase of property located at 600 Greenwood Ave.; relocation of pulpit, choir loft, baptistery, new furniture, carpeting, hot-air heating system, and parsonage garage

1931-1933 Rev. M. L. Stewart Sunday School departmentalized for the first time, first Usher Board was actively in service

1934-1952 Rev. Peter W. Fields

1953-1954 Rev. Cecil A. Lightbourn

1955-1959 Rev. Luke W. Mingo

1959-1960 Rev. T.H. Rankin

1960-1964 Rev. H. Levi McClendon, Jr.

1965-1995 Rev. Dr. Oscar C. Turner, Jr.

1995- to present Rev. Dr. Cledis D. Stuart

What We Believe

THE BIBLE is the Word of God, verbally inspired in all parts and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God,
altogether sufficient in themselves as our only infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice.

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GOD is personal, spirit, and sovereign; perfect, infinite, and eternal in His being, holiness and love, wisdom and power; absolutely separate and above the world as its Creator, yet everywhere present in the world as the upholder of all things; self-existent and self-revealing in three distinct persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each having a distinct ministry in God’s relation to His creation and people.

JESUS CHRIST is the second Person in the Triune God, the eternal Word and Only Begotten Son; that without any change in His divine Person; He became man by the miracle of the Virgin Birth, thus to continue forever as both true God and true Man, one Person with two natures; that as Man He was tempted in all points as we, yet without sin; that as the perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself in death upon the cross, becoming there the sin of the world, and suffering its full penalty of divine wrath in our stead; that He arose bodily from the grave and was glorified; that as our great High Priest He ascended into Heaven, there to appear before the face of God as our Advocate and Intercessor.

THE HOLY SPIRIT is the third Person of the Trinity, and the divine Agent in nature, revelation and redemption; that He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment; that he regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals and anoints all who become children of God through Christ; that He further empowers, guides, teaches, sanctifies and fills believers who daily surrender to Him.

MAN was the direct creation of God, made in His image and likeness; that by personal disobedience to the revealed will of God, man became a sinful creature, the father of a fallen race which is universally sinful in both nature and practice, thus alienated from the life and family of God, under the righteous judgment and wrath of God, and has within himself no possible means of salvation.

SALVATION is by grace through faith; it is the free gift of God, neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any virtue of work of man, but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all true believers have as a present possession the gift of eternal life a perfect righteousness, sonship in the family of God, deliverance and security from all condemnation, every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish; that this salvation affects the whole man; that apart from Christ there is no possible salvation.

RIGHTEOUS LIVING AND GODLY WORKS are manifestations of a surrendered life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

SATAN was originally created a holy being, but through pride and wicked ambition rebelled against God, thus becoming depraved in character, the great adversary of God and His people, leader of all other evil angels and spirits, the deceiver and god of this present world, that his powers are vast, but limited by the permissive will of God; that he was defeated and judged at the cross and therefore his final doom is certain; that we are able to resist and overcome him only in the armor of God, by the blood of the Lamb and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST from heaven will be personal, visible and glorious, a blessed hope for which we should constantly watch and pray, the time being unrevealed but always imminent; that when He comes He will first by resurrection of the dead and translation of the living remove from the earth His waiting Church, then pour out the righteousness judgments of God upon descend with His church and establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all the nations for a thousand years.

FUTURE LIFE, BODILY RESURRECTION AND ETERNAL JUDGMENT: The spirits of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven, that their works shall be brought before the Judgment Seat of Christ for the determination of rewards which will take place at the time when Christ comes for His own, that the spirits of the unsaved at death descend into Hades where they are kept under punishment until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, that they shall be judged and cast into Hell, the place of final and everlasting punishment.

THE SEPERATION OF CHURCH AND STATE with each having definite and distinct spheres of responsibility.

PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS: Christ is our Great High Priest and through Him every born again person has direct access into God’s presence without the need of a human priest; that the believer has the right and responsibility to personally study and interpret the Scriptures guided by the Holy Spirit.

LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST: He is Head of the Body of Christ, into which all true believers are immediately baptized by the Holy Spirit; that all members of this one spiritual body should assemble and identify themselves in local churches.

CHURCH is a local assembly of born again baptized believers united in organization to practice New Testament ordinances, to meet together for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching and a united testimony, and to actively engage in carrying out the Great Commission.

CHURCH AUTONOMY: Each New Testament Church is free to govern itself without ecclesiastical interference, and should cooperate with other New Testament Churches as the Holy Spirit leads; that it is responsible to follow the pattern of the New Testament Church and is directly accountable to God.

THE ORDINANCES: Baptism is by immersion of believers, thus portraying the death, burial and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and cup by the believer as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ.


Antioch Missionary Baptist Church