Church Constitution Statement of Faith
The Holy Scriptures
The Bible, which contains the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament, is the perfect, infallible, inspired, inerrant Word of God. The Bible has been authored and preserved by God (Psalm 12:6-7) written by men moved by God (II Peter 1:20-21). It is the final authority and supreme guide for the Christian (II Timothy 3:16-17). The King James Version is the perfect Word of God for the English speaking version.
There are three persons of God: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. They are all equal in power and glory carrying the same attributes.
God the Father
There is one living God, who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient the Creator and Supreme Ruler of all that exists. He is a holy and loving God that is perfectly just and compassionate (Exodus 15:3-11, I John 4:16, Psalms 83:18, Deuteronomy 6:3).
The Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ, part of the Godhead, became man (I Timothy 3:16, John 1:1-3) conceived by the Holy Ghost (Luke 1:35) to redeem sinful men (John 3:16). He was the ultimate servant (Philippians 2:1-11) who is now sitting in Heavenly places as our High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16).
The Holy Spirit
He is the third person of the Trinity who convicts of sin and reveals righteousness (John 16:7-14). He magnifies the Lord Jesus Christ and indwells in the Christian (Ephesians 4:30) guiding through Scriptures (I Corinthians 2:9-16).
The Lord created all things perfect and whole (Genesis 1-2) in six days and rested on the seventh day.
Man was created in God’s perfect image (Genesis 1:27), and sin caused separation from God and a physical death (Romans 5:12-18, Ephesians 2:1-3).
The Gospel (I Corinthians 15:1-3) talks of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. This was the ultimate payment for all of humanity’s sin. Man’s sins result in death (Romans 3:23, James 1:15). If you personally ask Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and accept the payment (Romans 6:23) by grace through faith, and not of works (Ephesians 2:8-9), you can freely receive eternal life (John 14:6, Romans 10:10-13, Acts 16:31) and know that you have it (I John 5:13).
Water baptism by immersion does not save an individual, but it is an ordinance after salvation that shows the world a dedicated life to Christ (Acts 8:36-38).
Because you are a saved Christian who is justified (Romans 5:1), sanctified (Hebrews 10:10), and redeemed (I Peter 1:18-19) and though you are granted free will by the Lord, you are to live soberly, righteously, and Godly in this present world (Titus 2:12, Romans 12:1-2) because you are a child of God.
The Church Universal
Once you have received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour, you become part of the Universal Church. This is a spiritual body of fellow believers in Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:24-30; Colossians 1:18).
The Church Local
This is a local gathering of members who are baptized believers (not including guest) to edify (Ephesians 4:12, I Corinthinas 14:12), exhort (Hebrews 10:25), and encourage (Acts 15:4) other believers in God’s Word. It is the local churches duty to observe the Lord’s Supper and Baptism according to Scripture (Luke 22:19-20, I Corinthians 11:23-20), and encourage other believers to excersie their spiritual gifts, not as the present day charismatic movement which is a counterfeit of the working of the Holy Spirit (example: spiritual healings and speaking in tongues) (Romans 12:5-8, I Corinthians 12, 13, 14:26-28).
- The Local Church is an autonomous government that answers only to the Lord Jesus Christ, but lawfully following the laws of the land unless it goes against Scripture (I Peter 2:13-17).
- The church is a living organism (I Corinthians 12:27) so it is not to be treated as a business, though it must make business decisions.
- It is governed by pastors, deacons, or bishops (The Books of Timothy and Titus give the qualifications of these offices, Ephesians 4:9-16) chosen by the congregation (Acts 6:1-8).
- By First Ammendment Law, we have the right to refuse services to those who do not line up with our Scriptural views and Constitution
Tithes and Offering
Because we are commanded to support the local church and the pastor (Genesis 28:22, I Corinthians 16:1-2, I Timothy 5:17-18), we are given Biblical examples of how to support them (II Corinthians 9:7). The church is to decide the use of the tithe once the Christian has given the gift for his rights to the money has been relinquished, but the church is to be honest about the use of the gift.
The local church is to train, raise, and help support missionaries who go out and proclaim the Gospel to all nations and every creature (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15) not waiting for the lost to come to us. We are to disciple and to plant other churches
This is one of the ordained authorities of God (the others are the Home and the Church) to bring order to human society. It is the duty of Christians to pray for, obey, and honor the appointed government officials except when in opposition to the will of God and His Word (Romans 13:1-7, Hebrews 13:17).
Marriage (Genesis 2:21-25, Mark 10:6-10), as designed by God from the beginning, is the joining of a man and woman to form on flesh. The husband and wife is to submit to each other under God, respect one another, and communicate in love (Ephesians 5:20-32) as our Christ and the church our Biblical example.
It was not part of God’s initial design and it is something He hates (Matthew 19:3-12, I Timothy 3:2), though there are biblical grounds for divorce (Romans 7:1-3).
Marriage is not to be defiled by any sexual activity outside of marriage (Leviticus 18, Hebrews 13:4, I Thessalonians 4:1-8, Titus 1:6). Any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexualism, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, pedophilia, and pornography are perversions of God’s gift of sex. God created two genders male and female not based on option or feelings, but based on who God created
Life begins at conception according to Scripture and the unborn child is a living being therefore abortion is murder.
Rightly Dividing the Word of God (Dispensations)
This is interpreting Scripture grammatically diving time frames (James 1:1) in which God deals with His people (II Tim 2:15). It is the bases for studying the Bible.
We Follow The Baptist Distinctives:
- Biblical Authority – The Bible is the final authority of the Christian in all matters of faith and practice
- Autonomy of the Church – Our church is not governed by any external presence or religious hierarchy; we are governed by by the members following the Lord by the Word of God
- Priesthood of the Believers – As believers, we have a personal relationship with God believing in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary and do not have to go through anyone else
- Two Church Ordinances – We believe as disciples, we practice Baptism by immersion after salvation and the Lord’s Supper
- Individual Sole Liberty – Liberty to choose what he believes is right
- Saved and Baptized Church Membership
- Two Offices in the Church – The Pastor and The Deacons within the local church and not as a hierarchy
- Separation of Church and State – No one religion can control government nor conglomerate with one another