The Five Purposes of the Church
1. Worship- Matthew 22:37, "37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind"
• Love the Lord with all your heart
2. Ministry-Matthew 22:39, "39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
• Love your neighbor as yourself
3. Evangelism- Matthew 28:19, "19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,"
• Go and make disciples
4. Fellowship-Matthew 28:19, " ... baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost"
• Baptizing them
5. Discipleship- Matthew 28:20, "20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:"
• Teaching them to obey
First Baptist Church Purpose Statement
- F-ellowship (Fellowship)
- I-nspire (Evangelism)
- R-everence (Worship)
- S-erve (Ministry)
- T-rain (Discipleship)
The purpose of First Baptist Church is to fellowship with other believers, inspire nonbelievers to follow Christ, reverence the name of Jesus, serve others through ministry, and train believers to become more like Christ.
The Authority and Power of the Bible
The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrine is Holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. READ IT TO BE WISE, BELIEVE IT TO BE SAFE, AND PRACTICE IT TO BE HOLY ! It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's charter. Here paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand object; our good is its design, and the glory of God is its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given to you in life, it will be opened in judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility. It will reward the greatest laborer, and it will condemn all who trifle with its sacred content.
Baptist Church Covenant
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as
our Savior; 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, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into the 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 and holiness; to give it a place in our affections, prayers, and services above every organization of human origin; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly as God has prospered us, towards its expenses, for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. In the case of difference of opinion in the church, we strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the majority to govern.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to study diligently the word of God; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintance; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be kind and just to those in our employ, and faithful in the service we promise others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good will towards all men to exemplify and commend our holy faith.
We further engage to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each other unto every good word and work; to guard each other's reputation, not needlessly exposing the infirmities of others; to participate in each other's joys, and with tender sympathy bear one another's burdens and sorrows; to cultivate Christian courtesy; to be slow to give or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the rules of the Savior in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and through life, amid evil report, and good report, to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
When we remove from this place, we will engage as soon as possible to unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's word.