SECTION 1

ARTICLE I

The name of this Fellowship shall be Grace Baptist Church, incorporated under the laws of the State of Washington.

ARTICLE II

This Fellowship confesses faith in the Word of God, the Sacred Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as the only perfect rule of faith, doctrine and conduct.

ARTICLE III

The aim and purpose of this Fellowship shall be to promulgate the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to extend missionary work, to lead souls into the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, to cultivate Christian unity upon the basis of the Word of God.

ARTICLE IV

This Fellowship may co-operate with other Christian groups in the furtherance of the Gospel, but will not, at any time, relinquish its independence as an Independent Baptist Church to do so.

ARTICLE V

The annual meeting of the Fellowship shall be held in the month of January, at which the election of officers shall take place, and other business be transacted in accordance with the by-laws of this Fellowship.

ARTICLE VI

(a)††††††† In the case of a division of the Fellowship, from which may God in His mercy preserve us, the property of the Fellowship shall belong to those who abide by this constitution.

(b)††††††† In case of dissolution of this Fellowship the property shall be sold to the best advantage and the proceeds thereof be equally divided among the Missionaries supported by the Church for use in furthering the aims of Article III.

ARTICLE VII

Revisions of and additions to this Constitution shall be made at an annual meeting and must be affirmed by a two-thirds vote of the active Membership.† A motion covering the proposed change must be presented and discussed at least three months previously at a general meeting of the Fellowship.

ARTICLE VIII

†Articles II, III, IV, VI (a), and VIII of this Constitution cannot be repealed or revised.

 

SECTION 2

DECLARATION OF FAITH

Preamble

We, as a historical Baptist church will function as a sovereign and autonomous Fellowship, composed of believers who have joined and committed to this Fellowship, that will decide matters of church policy and affiliation.

ARTICLE I

We believe the Scriptures, in the original manuscripts, both the Old and New testaments, to be the plenarily and verbally inspired Word of God without error.† They are the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the divine and sole authority for all Christian faith and life (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).

We believe any translation that faithfully seeks to accurately present the words of the original manuscripts is useful for the body (2 Tim. 2:15; Psalm 12:6-7).

We reject any translation that reflects a cultural or doctrinal bias; further, we reject any position that elevates one translation to the level of the original manuscripts (2 Pet. 2:1-3; 2 Cor. 4:2).

ARTICLE II

We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mark 12:29; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; Matt. 28:18-19).

ARTICLE III

We believe Jesus Christ is true God and true Man having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (John 1:1-2; Luke 2:40; Luke 1:30-35).† He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures (Rom. 3:24-26; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 Cor. 15:3).† He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into Heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on high, He now is our High Priest and Advocate (John 20:20; 1 Cor. 15:4; Acts 1:4 Eph. 1:20-21; Heb. 12:2; Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1) .

ARTICLE IV

We believe the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men of sin, regenerate the sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for Godly living and service (John 16:7-15; John 3:5; 14:16-17: Titus 3:5; Gal. 5:16).

ARTICLE V

We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God, but fell into sin and is therefore lost, totally depraved; and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and eternal life be obtained (Gen. 1:26; 2:17; 3:6; Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:1-3; Eph. 2:4-5; John 3:5-7).

 


 

 

ARTICLE VI

We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, and that he is the enemy of God and of the people of God (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; Job 1:6-2:8; 2 Cor. 4:3-4; 11:13-15; 12:7).

We believe Satan was judged at the cross, though not then executed, and he, as a usurper, now rules as the "god of this age" awaiting the day of his final judgment (John 16:11; Col. 2:15; Rev. 20:10; I Peter 5:8; I John 4:4).

ARTICLE VII

We believe the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only basis for justification and salvation, and only such as believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, by faith, are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God (1 Peter 1:18-19; John 1:12; Rom. 1:16-17; Rom. 4:25; Rom. 10: 9-13).

ARTICLE VIII

We believe in the bodily and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe watching and waiting for this ďBlessed HopeĒ has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15: 51-55; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Acts 1:11; Matt. 25:13).

ARTICLE IX

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead, of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment (1 Cor. 15:1-5; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Rev. 20:11-15).

ARTICLE X

We believe in the eternal security of the believer based upon Godís Grace and the very nature of His divine gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit† (John 5:24; 10:28-29; 14:16-17; 17:11; Rom. 8:38-39; Heb. 7:25).

ARTICLE XI

We believe water baptism by immersion soon after accepting Christ as personal Savior is a testimony of death to sin and resurrection to a new life (Rom. 6:3-6; Matt. 28:19).

We believe the Lords supper is a memorial service setting forth in sacred and symbolic manner the death of the Lord Jesus Christ till He comes, and only true believers should share in it (Acts 10:47-48).


 

 

ARTICLE XII

We believe God created mankind in His image both male and female. †All conduct with the intent to adopt a gender other than oneís birth gender is sin (Gen 1:27; Deut. 22:5; Matt. 19:4; Mark 10:6).

We believe God has established marriage as an exclusive relationship between a man and a woman (Gen 2:18-25).

We believe sexual activity outside the marriage relationship is sin (Ex. 20-14, 17, 22:19; Lev. 18:22-23, 20:13, 15-16; Matt. 19:4-6,9; Rom. 1:18-31; I Cor. 6:9-10, 15-20; I Tim. 1:8-11; Jude 7).

ARTICLE XIII

We believe church discipline is a Biblical responsibility for the local assembly (I Cor. 5; I Tim. 1:20). †

We believe church discipline is a process seeking the repentance and reconciliation of those in our fellowship (2 Cor. 7:9-11; Matt. 5:24).

We believe the extreme step of separation and exclusion applies to those participating in blatant and public sin (Matt. 18:15-17).†

We believe the goal of church discipline is restoration to the fellowship of believers and to God (2 Cor. 2:2-11; Gal. 6:1).†

We believe that church discipline brings glory to God by protecting the integrity of the fellowship and emphasizing His grace and forgiveness (Matt. 5:14-16; Matt. 18:21-35; Titus 2:11-14).


 

 

Section III

Membership Commitment

We joyfully and solemnly enter into mutual agreement, depending upon the Holy Spirit to guide and assist us in our commitment to one another in our local assembly in the body of Christ, having been saved by grace through faith, repenting, believing and submitting to the Lord Jesus Christ, and having been baptized, as a public profession of faith, by immersion, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

We commit to work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

We commit to regularly gather with this local church to walk and worship together in Christian love, with grace, mercy, and forgiveness, exercising affectionate care and watchfulness over each other, faithfully praying for one another, encouraging, and admonishing one another to good works.

We commit to exercise our biblical responsibility to reprove sinful behavior while affording every person compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity.† Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are not in accord with Scripture, nor the doctrines of Grace Baptist Church.

We commit to endeavor by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family, friends, and community and to disciple believers; with patience, humility, and kindness we commit to rejoice with one another and bear one anotherís burdens and sorrows.

We commit to seek, by the power of the Spirit, to conduct ourselves, in a Christ-like manner, as ambassadors for Christ in the world, making every effort to advance the Kingdom of God.

We commit to work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines.† We will share our time, resources, and spiritual gifts in support of the ministries of this church, since all we have is from God.

By Godís Grace, we commit to continue in the faith as delivered in Godís Word, wherever we may be.