The Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton

Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley, MDiv, STM | Senior Pastor
Rev. Howard Haywood | Pastor Emeritus

21 Curve Street West Newton, MA 02465 | 617.332.5870


What We Believe

We believe we are a people of possibility.

What We Believe

We believe in the triune God and sustainer of life. Creator; resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church; and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world and to His deeds we testify.

We believe that God called the worlds into being, created humanity in a like own image, and set before humanity the ways of life and death.

We believe in the Holy Spirit which dwells among us, dwells within us, and guides us through life by binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

We believe in the divinity, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and follow His example of God consciousness as a norm of Christian life. For He alone is our crucified and risen Lord, Who came to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to Himself and that He seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

We take a literary and critical view of scripture as divinely inspired but not inerrant. We see the Bible as a Divine metaphor. It is a brilliantly composed record of the trajectory of human thoughts about God, and an evolution of humankind’s coming to understand itself through the culturally sacred imagery of the Divine. Furthermore, we believe that although the Bible was not brought about by Divine dictation, because it was written over many hundreds of years and composed by several communities. The Bible is indeed the Word of God that must be “rightly divided”(2 Tim. 2:15) in order to liberate and bring about truth and not to establish dogmatic close-mindedness.

We believe that God calls us into the Church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be God’s servants in the service of men, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at God’s table, to join God in God’s passion and victory. And that it is our Great Commission to lead people to God consciousness through the teachings of Jesus Christ.

We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and should be interpreted through the loving lenses of Jesus Christ.

We believe that belief in Justification we are saved from the penalty of sin. And that God promises to all who trust God’s forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, God’s presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in God’s kingdom which has no end.

We believe we are saved by grace through faith.


We believe that humankind was created by God to live in harmony with God. Because of the sins of humankind, Christ died to redeem and reconcile us back to God.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the Christian Sabbath is Sunday. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion.

We believe in the second coming of Christ to rapture the church into everlasting bliss.

We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ’s table for the sacrament of Communion. The breaking of bread and the pouring of wine remind us of the costliness of Christ’s sacrifice and the discipleship to which we are all called.

We believe that all of the baptized belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, notwithstanding race, gender, sexual orientation, class or creed. We all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith.

We believe in the inviolable dignity of all persons.

We believe each person to be on a spiritual journey and at different stages of that journey and that every Christian should be on a persistent search for God Consciousness.

We believe in addressing suspicious systems, markets, and nations that deny the inalienable rights of any human sector.

We believe in the practice of ethical principles and revolutionary acts of love.

We believe in the importance of personal change in order to inspire social change and promote peace.

We believe in the power of peace, and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.

We believe in being socially prophetic and not just progressive and liberal for the sake of political correctness.

We believe that God has called us to promote peace by caring for the disenfranchised and marginalized persons on the fringes of our society.

We believe we are a people of possibility. At Myrtle, congregants have the breathing room to explore and hear…for after all, God is still speaking.

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