Thank you for taking time to visit our website. The purpose of our site is to better acquaint you with our church, and to assist you in finding the right place where you and your family can know God in a more personal way.
Royal River Baptist Church is a new church in the Yarmouth area, which preaches the timeless truth of the Bible. We believe God loves you and has a purpose for your life. It is our desire to help you recognize and enjoy the special relationship God seeks to have with you.
You may be hurting, confused, frustrated with life, tired of empty religion, empty promises, and empty relationships. Perhaps you feel that life is meaningless, hopeless and not worth living. Or, maybe you’re just looking for somewhere that you can learn more about God, meet some likeminded friends, and be involved in serving the Savior. Regardless of your circumstances and needs, you’re why God has called us here. Our great desire is to provide you with real hope and real solutions to life’s most important questions and challenges.
We’re not here to entertain or impress. We are real people, in a real world, with real problems just like everyone else. However, we know the One who forgives sin, and helps us overcome the world with all its temptations, problems, and heartaches. Our aim is simply to exalt our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We seek to know Him, and to make Him known.
We would count it a great honor to help you know God in a deeper, more life changing way.
Pastor Brooks Suttle
Brooks graduated from C.D. Owen High School in Black Mountain, NC. After graduation, at the age of 18, he knew God was calling him to preach his Word. October 1, 1986 he preached his first message. Tricia graduated from Victory Christian School in Sylva, NC. They both attended Tabernacle Baptist Bible College where they met and were married in 1990. Brooks went on to graduate from Tabernacle with a Bachelor of Theology Degree in Bible.
The Suttle Family has served the Lord in various capacities over the years. Brooks has served as Pastor, participated in various mission trips at home and abroad, served as Song Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Master Clubs Coordinator; and has been actively involved in nursing home and evangelistic ministries. Tricia has served as Pastor's wife, pianist, organist, Sunday School Teacher, Master Clubs worker and soul winning.
The Lord has blessed Brooks and Tricia with five wonderful boys - Joshua, Andrew, Jonathan, Philip and Malachi. They have each made a profession of faith in Christ, (except for Malachi), and are a blessing to their ministry.
The Suttle family moved to Maine in December 2014 to start the Royal River Baptist Church in Yarmouth, ME. The church is located in the Yarmouth Marketplace where they are holding weekly services on Sunday morning and evening , and on Wednesday evening. Ã‚Â The Suttle Family is commissioned by the Swannanoa Heights Baptist Church in Swannanoa, NC where they actively served the Lord for over twenty years.
What We Believe
The Holy Scriptures. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God, and are accurately preserved in the King James Version. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God breathed, and therefore are the sole and final authority for faith and practice. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used by Royal River Baptist Church. (Ps. 119:160; Prov. 30:5-6; Matt. 5:18; Jn. 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Pet. 1:22-25; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
Dispensationalism. We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to his purpose. Three of these dispensations – the law, the church, and the kingdom – are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture. (Gen. 1:28; 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25, 27; Rev. 20:2-6
The Godhead. We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each being co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in every divine work, which includes, but is not limited, to the work of redemption. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 14:10, 26; 2 Cor. 13:14)
The Person and Work of the Heavenly Father. We believe that God the Father is Father only to those who receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; that He is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power; that he concerns Himself in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer; that He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent; and that He is the object of our worship and praise. (Gen. 17:1, Ps. 65:2, Ps. 90:2, Ps. 139:1-24, Ps. 147:5, Isa. 6:3, Mal. 3:6, Matt. 5:45, Matt. 6:24-34, 1 John 4:8, 16)
The Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; Jn. 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption by shedding his precious blood and dying on the cross as a representative, vicarious sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by his literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 Jn. 2:1-2)
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (Jn. 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14)
We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 Jn. 2:20, 27)
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Rom. 12;3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12)
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues, and the gift of healing, were temporary. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit, and that the ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22)
The Total Depravity of Man. We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God; but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition; but possesses the free will to accept or reject God’s call to salvation. (Gen.1:26-27; Jn. 3:14-21; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23 10:8-17; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19)
Salvation. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace, and received by repentance toward God and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins; and that it is not God’s will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. We reject all points and tenets of Calvinism. (Jn. 1:12; 3:14-17; Rom. 10:8-17; Eph. 1:7; 2:1-22; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 Jn. 1:9)
We believe that all the saved have eternal life, and are kept by God’s power and not their works, and are thus secure in Christ forever. (Jn. 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:4-5)
We believe that it is the privilege of all believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)
We believe that each believer can come directly to God through Christ Jesus without any other human or saintly intervention. (1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Peter 2:5-10; 1 John 1:9)
We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons. (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27)
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Pet. 5:1-4)
We recognize water baptism by immersion, of believers only, and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
We believe only local, New Testament churches have the authority to administer the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
We believe only a man, biologically born and remaining a male, is qualified to hold the office of pastor or deacon.
Separation. We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations; and to refrain from all inappropriate and ungodly speech, from all immodest, inappropriate and immoderate appearances. (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; 2 Jn. 9-11; Lev. 19:28; 1 Cor. 6:19-20)
The Second Advent of Christ. We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, imminent return of Christ, who will rapture His church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with his saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which, was promised to the nation of Israel. (Ps. 89:3-4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; I Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18; Tit. 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)
The Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13)
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 2:5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; I Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6)
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with the spirit, soul, and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (Matt. 25:41-46; Mk 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15)
The Personality of Satan. We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the instigator of the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10)
Creation. We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11; John 1: 1-3)
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home, 2) the church, 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by his Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; I Peter 2:13-14)
We believe that every individual should have the right to worship God in accord with his own understanding of the Scripture and without coercion, as far as it does not infringe upon the God-given rights of others.
We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man, biologically born and remaining a male; and one woman, biologically born and remaining a female in an exclusive covenant commitment for their joint lifetime. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)
We believe that God has commanded that no sexual activity including verbal, visual, or physical stimulus should be engaged in outside of a marriage. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, pedophilia, adultery, pornography, transvestitism, deviant gender identity, or any other deviant sexual behavior are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery, medication, or appearance. (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)
We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God, but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home, and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12)
We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love the wife as Christ loved the church. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband, in all things, as the church is commanded to submit to the headship of Christ. Children are an heritage from the Lord and are commanded by the Scriptures to honor and obey their parents. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual, and moral values; and training them, through consistent lifestyle example, and appropriate discipline. (Gen. 1:26-28; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mk. 10:6-12; 1 Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Col. 3:18-21; Heb. 13:4; I Pet. 3:1-7)
We believe that God hates divorce, and intends marriage between a man, biologically born and remaining a male; and a woman, biologically born and remaining a female, to last until one of the spouses dies. (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 5:32; Matt. 19:3-9; Luke 16:18; Rom. 7:1-3; 1 Cor. 7:1-11)
Abortion. We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living, human being. Abortion (the elective man made death, ejection or removal of the unborn child from the womb) constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder by any means, whether surgical, chemical, physical injury, or deliberate conduct for the purpose of terminating a pregnancy. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancy due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selections, birth population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable. (Ex. 21:22-25; Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)
Euthanasia. The direct taking of an innocent human life is a moral evil, regardless of the intention. Life is a gift of God and must be respected from conception until natural death. Thus we believe that an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder contrary to the will of God. Discontinuing medical procedures that are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be a legitimate refusal of over-zealous treatment (Exodus 20:13, 23:7; Matthew 5:21; Acts 17:28).
Love. We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow believers, but also toward those who are not believers, and those who oppose us. We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict, or obtaining personal justice. Although, God commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in sinful actions. (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35; Rom. 12:9-10; 17-21; 13:8-10; Phil. 2:2-4; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Titus 3:2; 1 John 3:17-18)
Missions. We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations, so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to those in the United States of America, and the foreign nations; and not wait for them to come to us. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20) The method of missions support is through Grace Giving, according to 2 Cor. chapters 8-9.