Our Doctrinal Statement

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Articles	1 - 2
Statement of Faith	3 - 5
Proposed Addition to Our Statement of Faith	6
Covenant	7 - 8


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Rev 1/2002
CONSTITUTION
OF
FITE MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH
MARION, OHIO 43302

CONSTITUTION COMITTEE
George Jess - Chairman
Barry Hazlett
Jack Higgins
Joyce Moore
 Norma Vanderboegh

ARTICLE I                                       NAME

This church shall be called THE FITE MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH, INC., and shall be affiliated with the Mideast Baptist Conference/Converge MidAtlantic of the Baptist General Conference/Converge Worldwide.

ARTICLE II                                   PURPOSE

The purpose of this church shall be the advancement of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
It shall seek to attain this end through the public worship of God, the preaching of the Gospel, personal evangelism, missionary endeavor, Christian education and consistent Christian living by its members, responsive to one another in love.

ARTICLE III                    STATEMENT OF FAITH AND 
                                            CHURCH COVENANT

See  Appendix I and Appendix II attached.

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ARTICLE IV                             GOVERNMENT

The ultimate authority of this church shall be vested in the body which composes its membership.  It adheres to the Baptist belief that each church is an independent body governing itself according to the laws of Christ as found in the Holy Scriptures; that each church is independent of all other churches and all other people so far as administration is concerned, owing courtesy and fellowship to all but allegiance and submission to none.  The government is administered by the body of members where no one possesses a pre-eminence of authority but each enjoys an equality of rights and in matters of opinion the majority of the eligible members present decide, unless a percentage is specified in the By-Laws of this church.
ARTICLE  V                                MEMBERSHIP

The membership of this church shall consist of professing believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who have been baptized in accordance with the Holy Scriptures and acknowledge agreement with the Statement of Faith, Church Covenant, Constitution and By-Laws of this church.

ARTICLE VI                                 MEETINGS

Meetings for worship, instruction, prayer, fellowship, business, and special purposes shall be held as set forth in the By-Laws of the church.

ARTICLE VII                             AMENDMENTS

This Constitution may be amended by submitting proposed changes, in writing and signed to the governing board of the church.  The governing board shall then present the proposed changes at a regular or called business meeting and the proposed changes shall be voted on at the next business meeting.  A two-thirds vote of the eligible members present is required, provided a quorum is present.



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                                                       					                                 Appendix I

FITE MEMORIAL BAPTIST'S CHURCH
DOCTRINAL STATEMENT
STATEMENT OF FAITH

ARTICLE 1- The Bible
We believe that the Bible, the Old and New Testament, is the Word of God, fully 
inspired and without error in the original writings, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; and it has final and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

ARTICLE 2-The Trinity
We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that these three persons are equal in every divine perfection; and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.

ARTICLE 3-Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.  We further believe in His sinless life, His miracles, and His teachings.

ARTICLE 4-Sin
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with sinful natures, and become sinners in thought, word and deed, and are therefore under divine condemnation.


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ARTICLE -Justification & Atonement
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who repent of their sins and believe in Him are justified on the ground of His perfect righteousness and shed blood on Calvary's Cross.

ARTICLE 6-The Resurrection of Jesus
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension to Heaven, and in His present life there for us as High Priest and Intercessor.

ARTICLE 7-Church Ordinances
We believe that the ordinances of the Church are Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, in the name of the Triune God, to show forth our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Lord, and this act symbolizes the fact of our regeneration; and that baptism is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership.  Concerning the Lord's Supper, it shall commemorate the dying of Jesus Christ on the Cross for us, and it shall be practiced regularly by all believers in Christ, and shall always be preceded by solemn self-examination.

ARTICLE 8-Day of Worship
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes.

ARTICLE 9-Role of National Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good of human society; and that rulers and authority are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience.


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ARTICLE 10-The Return of Jesus Christ
We believe in "the blessed hope", the personal, visible, and bodily return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in triumphant power and glory, to consummate the purpose of God in history and to usher in the eternal order.

ARTICLE 11-Salvation
We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God; this is biblical regeneration.

ARTICLE 12-The Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the final judgment, and everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.

ARTICLE 13-The Church Body
We believe that the Church is the body of all those who have been "called out" by Christ, these are those who have been redeemed through faith in Him.

This body expresses itself in local congregations called churches, who consist of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and whose primary task is to carry out the Great Commission, which is the evangelization of the world in every generation and discipline of all believers in Christ, and its highest privilege and practice is the worship and service of God.

ARTICLE 14-Church Cooperation & Organization
We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperation with one another in a denomination organization.  Such an organization, whether a regional, district, or national one, exists and functions by the will of the churches, is voluntary and may be terminated at any time.  Churches may likewise cooperate with inter-denominational fellowship on a voluntary independent basis.


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ARTICLE  15-Women in Ministry 
We affirm the full use of gifted women (I Cor. 11:5; 12:4-11) in the ministry (Rom. 16:3, 12: Phil. 4: 3; I Pet. 4:10) of this church; reserving, however, an authoritative, pastoral leadership role in the church to men called and gifted of God for that purpose.

ARTICLE 16-Human Sexuality
We believe God's design is that man and woman either be joined together in a perpetual, monogamous relationship (Gen. 2: 21-25) or live in a chaste, single state.  Premarital sex, adultery (Prov. 5: 15-19; I Cor. 6: 18-19; Eph. 5:3;  I Thess. 4: 3,7) and homosexuality (Lev. 20:13; I Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1: 26-27) are sinful lifestyles that violate God's holy Word.
                                                    

				         Date Approved by Vote of Congregation
                October 20, 2004


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							                                                                         Appendix II

COVENANT

A Responsive Reading

Hoping to improve the practical intelligence of our church membership, this service had been arranged by Rev. William H. Mentzer.

PASTOR:  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 Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God and angels, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

CONGREGATION;  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 give it a sacred pre-eminence over all institutions of human origin; 
To contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of its ministry, and expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the 
Gospel  through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions;
To religiously educate our children;
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 tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger;

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To abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and 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 each other in prayer;
To aid each other in sickness and distress;
To cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and 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.
We moreover engage, that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of the covenant and the principles of God's Word.


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