FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTICLE 1……NAME AND PURPOSE
ARTICLE 2……PRINCIPLES OF FAITH
ARTICLE 3……CHURCH COVENANT
ARTICLE 4……CHURCH POLITY AND RELATIONSHIPS
ARTICLE 5……CHURCH PROPERTY
ARTICLE 6……SOLE AUTHORITY
We, the members of First Baptist Church of Angleton, Texas, do hereby declare and establish this Constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith, to state clearly the purposes of our existence as members of the body of Christ, to govern the body in an orderly manner, and to maintain the autonomy of this church in freedom of action in relation to other churches and organizations.
This body shall be known as the First Baptist Church of Angleton, Angleton, Texas, as chartered in 1896 under the laws of the state of Texas.
1. To be a dynamic spiritual body empowered by the Holy Spirit to communicate the Good News of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ with all people as commanded in Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8.
2. To uphold the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God; to promote its study, and faithfully to believe, practice, and defend its teachings. Titus 1:9; II Timothy 2:15 and 3:15-17
3. To be a worshiping fellowship, experiencing an awareness of God, as Creator, Father, Provider, and Redeemer; to recognize His holiness and almighty power, and to respond in love and obedience to His leadership. Genesis 1:1; John 3:16; Luke 10:27; John 14:21
4. To experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellow believers. II Timothy 2:15; Hebrew 10:25
5. To help people experience a growing knowledge of God and man. Romans 12:1; Ephesians 4:11-16, 25-32 Galatians 5:22-25
6. To be a church that ministers unselfishly to persons in the community and the world in Jesus’ name. Galatians 6:10; Matthew 25:35-40; Timothy 6:17-19
7. To be a church whose purpose is to be Christ like in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment of life, personality, and possessions to the Lordship of Christ. Romans 12:1; Esphesians 4:11-16, 25-32; Galatians 22-25
PRINCIPLES OF FAITH
We affirm that the Holy Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to mankind, and that it is inspired by God, it is without error, it is an accurate record of the history and future of mankind, and that it depicts the birth, life, death, and resurrection of the Savior of all mankind, our Lord Jesus Christ, and is therefore the sole basis for our faith.
We regard the scriptures of the Holy Bible as authoritative in all matters of faith, practice, and principle. This church affirms as our doctrinal statement The Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1963.
The ordinances of the church are believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized by immersion 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 agree, 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 to the spreading of the gospel through all nations.
We also agree to maintain family and private 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; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further agree 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.
We moreover agree that when we move from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word
Church Polity and Relationships
The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who comprise it, owing allegiance only to its head and founder, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Persons duly received by the members shall constitute the membership. These members shall be individuals who have in common with the members their spiritual union with the Lord Jesus Christ, and their agreement on the principles of faith contained in this document. These members, so bound together, regard one another as having equal rank and privilege, as well as equal responsibility and obligation in fulfilling the purpose of this church.
All internal or external groups created and empowered by the church shall report to and be accountable only to the church, unless otherwise specified by church action under the authority of this constitution.
Messengers from this church, if any, to the associational, state, and Southern Baptist conventions shall be elected by the church in conference in the months preceding the convention. Only members of this church shall serve as messengers. No messenger from this church shall cast another messenger’s ballot, nor surrender their own ballot to be voted by any other person.
The church shall take no action nor enact any bylaw, rule, policy nor procedure that is in violation of any law, statute, code, or regulation of the city of Angleton, the county of Brazoria, the state of Texas, or the United States of America except when such law, statute, code or regulation violates scripture; in such case we will obey God rather than men.
This church is subject to the control of no other civil or ecclesiastical body. However, we recognize the benefits and sustain the obligations of mutual cooperation, which are common among Baptist churches, associations and conventions. Insofar as practical, this body agrees to cooperate with and support the Gulf Coast Baptist Association, the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptist Convention.
The church may secure and maintain real property, buildings, and equipment for express purpose of providing facilities for public worship and for missionary, educational, benevolent, and social interests and goals of this church.
The trustees of the church are designated as guardians and legal representatives of the church in managing the real property according to the expressed will of the church, as reflected in the by-laws.
The property of the First Baptist Church of Angleton, Texas shall remain with that church. If at any time any group within the church should alter its beliefs and practices so as to differ fundamentally from those expressed in this constitution and should desire to separate from the rest of the body of the First Baptist Church of Angleton, the real property shall remain with that part of the congregation which retains the name and beliefs of the present church, even though the remaining part of the body should be a minority.
There shall be no worship, education, service by members or fellowship conducted on the premises or in the name of First Baptist Church of Angleton which is in conflict with this constitution. The church shall not conduct any business transaction contrary to this constitution. All rules, regulations, bylaws, policies, and procedures must conform to this constitution.
This constitution may be amended, modified or repealed under the following circumstances: the proposal must be read at one business meeting. Before this first meeting a copy of the proposed constitution with the proposed changes highlighted shall be made available to all members at Sunday School classes, Sunday services, and Wednesday night activities. The proposal must be presented at the next regular business meeting for action by the church.
The proposal must be approved by two-thirds majority vote of members present in the meeting.
This constitution, which supersedes all prior constitutions and revisions, if any, is hereby adopted for First Baptist Church of Angleton, Texas by vote of the membership on May 14, 2014.
Moderator/Pastor Trustee/Deacon Chairman