First Baptist Church Constitution

PREAMBLE

We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith, and to govern the body in an orderly manner. This constitution will preserve the liberties of each individual church member and the freedom of action of this body in its relations to other churches.

ARTCILE I.        NAME

This body shall be known as the First Baptist Church located at 256 East Main St., Nettleton, Mississippi.

ARTICLE II.       AFFILIATION

This church shall be affiliated with the Lee County Baptist Association, the Mississippi Baptist Convention, the Southern Baptist Convention, and any other such district or local association as the church may elect by affirmative vote.

ARTCILE III.      OBJECTIVES

  1. To be a dynamic spiritual organism empowered by the Holy Spirit to share Christ with as many people as possible in our church, community, and throughout the world.
  2. To be a worshiping fellowship, experiencing an awareness of God, recognizing His person, and responding in obedience to His leadership.
  3. To experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellowship believers.
  4. To help people experience a growing knowledge of God and man.
  5. To be a church that ministers unselfishly to persons in the community and world in Jesus’ name.
  6. To be a church whose purpose is to be Christ-like in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment to life, personality, and possessions to the lordship of Christ.

ARTICLE IV.     STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the basis for any statement of faith. The church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of THE BAPTIST FAITH AND MESSAGE as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000. We band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind. The ordinances of the church are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

In keeping with the declaration that the Bible is God’s inspired Word, the church complies with the Scriptures that are outlined for Biblical marriage. (Matthew 19:4-5 NASB):

               4And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said,                ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?”

A marriage ceremony performed in the church is a service of worship and consecration. The minister is called upon to perform weddings because church and state thus unite their desire to give binding Christian sanction to marriage. All wedding must be approved by the Ministerial Staff. Weddings at First Baptist Church Nettleton are reserved for church members, children of church members, or grandchildren of church members. First Baptist Church Nettleton will only approve weddings between one biological male and one biological female who give evidence to be in line with biblical standards for marriage. First Baptist Church Nettleton reserves the right to deny or cancel any wedding in which the bride and groom are living in a manner that contradicts Scripture.

ARTICLE V.      CHURCH COVENANT

Having been led, as we believer, by the Holy Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, 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 doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and personal devotions; to educate our children biblically; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all gossip, troublemaking, and uncontrolled anger (i.e. Col. 3:8); to live a life of conduct so as not to create a stumbling block for others (i.e. alcohol, illegal or illicit drugs or mind altering substances, immoral behavior, etc. (Romans 14:13-21; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13); to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay (i.e. Matthew 18 & Galatians 6:1).

We moreover engage that when we are led away from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with another church of believers where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

ARTICLE VI.     CHARACTER

Section 1. Policy

The government of this church is vested in the body of believer who compose it. It is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body. This church recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation which are common among Baptist churches. In-so-far as is practical, this church will cooperate with and support the association (Lee County Baptist Association) and state convention (Mississippi Baptist Convention) affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Section 2. Doctrine

This Church receives the Scriptures as its authority in matters of faith and practice. Our understanding of Christian truth as contained therein is in essential accord with the belief of other Southern Baptist churches.