Article 1 : Name
Article 2 : Place of Worship and Meeting
Article 3 : Objects
Article 4 : Statement of Faith
Article 5 : Membership Qualification & Rights
Article 6 : Entrance Fees, Subscriptions and Other Dues
Article 7 : The Diaconate (Church Board)
Article 8 : Duties & Responsibilities of The Diaconate
Article 9 : Pastor
Article 10 : General Meetings
Article 11 : Finance & Financial Year
Article 12 : Borrowing Powers
Article 13 : Audit
Article 14 : Trustees
Article 15 : Prohibitions
Article 16 : Amendments to Constitution
Article 17 : Interpretation
Article 18 : Disputes
Article 19 : Visitors & Guests
Article 20 : Dissolution
Annex A : Statement of Faith
Annex B : Election of Elders and Deacons
In the church of God all things are to be done decently and in order. This pertains to the government of the church as much as to the corporate worship of the church. Convinced that Jesus Christ, the Head of the church, will protect and guide us, we seek to obey Scripture through the following articles for the orderly and scriptural government of our church, Pasir Panjang Hill Brethren Church.
These articles do not supplant Scripture, but rather are an expression of our understanding of biblical church government under God. While seeking to be biblical in structure, we make no claim that every detail found here is expressly taught by Scripture. These standards are primarily procedural; the doctrinal position of the church may be found in the Statement of Faith.
The purpose of this church is to glorify God through submission to His Word in true worship, proclaiming grace in Christ to sinners, and building up the saints through doctrinal and applicatory preaching of the whole counsel of God, and faithful observance of Christ's sacraments.
1. This Society shall be known as xPasir Panjang Hill Brethren Churchx, hereinafter referred to as the xChurchx.PLACE OF WORSHIP & MEETING
2. The place of worship of the Church shall be at No. 3 Pasir Panjang Hill, Singapore 118827 or such other place as may subsequently be determined by the Diaconate (Church Board), subject to the approval of the Registrar of Societies. The Church shall carry out its activities only in places and premises which have the prior written approval from the relevant authorities, where necessary.
3. The objects of the Church are:
3.1. To establish and maintain a place(s) for the worship of the Almighty God and to provide Christian fellowship for those of like faith;
3.2. To engage unreservedly and self-sacrificially in the proclamation and extension of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to assist in the extension of His Kingdom;
3.3. To edify the lives of Christians through the teaching of Godxs Word and through mutual love and encouragement;3.4. To promote or participate in promoting the welfare of mankind on Christian, charitable and benevolent principles;
3.5. To promote education or participate in scheme(s) designed to promote education having a Christian emphasis and to establish and maintain with the approval of the relevant authorities, a crèche, kindergarten or day-care centre and institution for the training of Christian missionaries;
3.6. To grant or participate in granting relief and aid to the sick, poor and needy;
3.7. To do such things that are consistent with or conducive or incidental to the achievement of these objectives including but not limited to the following and provided that nothing is done for profit or for commercial reasons:
3.7.1. to purchase, lease or otherwise acquire lands, buildings and any real or personal property or other property or any interest in the same or to hire any room, hall, ship, dwelling house or any other suitable premises in the Republic of Singapore or elsewhere, and also to hire, purchase or acquire boats, vehicles, household, school or hospital furniture, duplicating or other machines or other chattels for the purpose of the Church;
3.7.2. to improve, manage, develop, work, maintain, sell, lease, let, underlet, exchange, surrender, mortgage, charge, dispose of or otherwise deal with and turn into account all or any of the property (real or personal) for the time being of the Church wherever situate, or property in which the Church has an interest and to lend, invest or deposit money or mortgage or offer as any security, or to erect, construct, alter and maintain any buildings, ships, boats or other chattels, and to retain, use and occupy or deal with the properties or any part thereof for the purpose of the Church and in such manner as the Church may deem fit, and in particular to permit any agents of or any persons authorized by the Church to use and occupy the same or any part thereof for such purposes and on such terms and conditions as the Church may deem fit;
3.7.3. to provide, engage and employ ministers, auditors, secretaries, treasurers, agents, lawyers, servants and other persons for the purpose of carrying out the objects of the Church or any of them;
3.7.4. to permit and publish any newspapers, periodicals, books or leaflets that the Church may think desirable for the declaration and promotion of its objects or any of them;
3.7.5. to carry on the business of general printers, chromolithographers, stereo-typers, electro-typers, photographic, printers, photolithographers, engravers, diesinkers, stationers, printing materials, machine and accessories, and all other substances and materials in connection with printing for the purpose of carrying out the objects of the Church;
3.7.6. to receive and to take any gift of money or property for any of the purposes and objects of the Church whether subject to any special trust or not, but the Church may nevertheless decline to accept any gift or donation or to take over any property which has been offered to the Church or which has annexed to it any condition or obligation not approved by the Church;
3.7.7. to undertake and execute any trusts created to provide funds or income for the use of the Church in the furtherance of its objects or any of them;
3.7.8. to support and subscribe to any charitable or public object, and any institution, society or club which may be for the benefit of the Church or its Members and to make payments towards insurance and to form and contribute to provident and benefit funds for the benefit of any persons who have served the Church or of their spouses, children or other dependents;
3.7.9. to amalgamate with any church having objects similar to or consistent with those of the Church;
3.7.10. to acquire properties and investments which the Church deems fit and to use any of the properties and investments for the time being of the Church and the proceeds of sale thereof and any other monies of the Church for the general purposes of the Church as the Church may think fit or for such charitable objects as the Church may be directed to use the same under any special trust, but entirely unconnected with and apart from any political ends;
3.7.11. to do all or any of the above things as principals, trustees, agents or otherwise and either alone or in conjunction with any other church, undertaking or person and either by or through agents, trustees or otherwise;
3.7.12. to draw, make, accept, endorse, discount and negotiate cheques, promissory notes, bills of exchange, bills of lading, charter-parties warrants, debentures and other negotiable or transferable instruments for the purpose of carrying out the objects of the Church.
3.8. The above may be carried out subject to the approval of the relevant authorities, where applicable.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
4. The statement of faith of the Society is attached at Annexure A
5. The procedures of membership outlined below are designed solely for the purpose of maintaining scriptural and accountable local church government (Heb. 13:17), such that our affairs are conducted in decency and in order (1 Cor. 14:40). In no way is our practice of membership to be construed in such a way as to disrupt our Christian unity and fellowship with true saints who attend church elsewhere (Gal. 3:28; 1 Cor. 3:1-4).
Membership shall be open to those who subscribe to the Statement of Faith of the Church in Annex A and who:
5.1.1. profess a personal faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savour (born again);
5.1.2. show evidence of a genuine experience of salvation;
5.1.3. show evidence of a consistent Christian life;
5.1.4. has undergone water baptism conducted by the Church or by any other Christian person or organisation accepted by the Diaconate;
5.1.5. is at least 18 years of age
5.2. Reception of Membership
5.2.1. Any person who meets the abovementioned qualifications and who is a member of the Church on the day the Church is registered shall ipso facto be a member of the Church;
5.2.2. Any person who meets the abovementioned qualifications subsequent to the Churchxs registration may apply in writing to the Diaconate to be a member of the Church. If such person is found by the Diaconate to be a suitable candidate for admission, he shall be received by the Church as a member.5.2.3. A copy of the Constitution shall be furnished to every approved member.
5.3. Voting Members
5.3.1. All members who are 21 years of age and above shall constitute the legal voting membership of the Church and shall be entitled to exercise their voting rights in the Church;
5.3.2. Members with voting rights shall consequently be entitled to be nominated and elected to hold office in the Church.
5.4. Obligations and Responsibilities
The obligations and responsibilities of a member are:
5.4.1. To live an exemplary Christian life in word and deed, and to witness to the power and grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ;
5.4.2. To faithfully participate and support the services, care groups, work and ministry of the Church;
5.4.3. To support financially, as enabled by God, the ministry and mission of the Church; and
5.4.4. To faithfully uphold the Constitution, policies and the decisions of the Church.
5.5.1. A member who wishes to transfer his membership to another Church, may, upon his written request to the Diaconate, be granted a letter of transfer.
5.5.2. Any person who is currently a member of another Church and who agrees to subscribe to the Statement of Faith in Annex A and be governed by the Constitution of the Church and meets the requirements of Article 5.1, may by a letter of recommendation from his former Church addressed to the Diaconate, request for transfer of membership
5.6.1. If any member shall be found by the Diaconate to have acted in a manner unbecoming of a member or by his act or omission be likely to hinder the witness of the Church or render it of ill repute, the Diaconate shall request him to appear and hear him and be empowered to suspend or terminate his membership after written notice shall have been given to him and he does not repent or amend his ways. Provided that no such action of the Diaconate shall be taken unless and until patient and persistent efforts have been made by members of the Diaconate to win such member back to the Standard of Faith and conduct required
A member may by written notice, to that effect sent to the Diaconate, resign from membership at any time. Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified.
Membership in the Church shall be terminated in the event of one or more of the following:
5.8.1. the member dies;
5.8.2. the member is insane;
5.8.3. the memberxs present whereabouts are unknown;5.8.4. the member, for more than 6 consecutive months, is absent, without any just cause, from regular Church worship;
5.8.5. the member ceases to subscribe to the Statement of Faith in Annex A;
5.8.6. the member has radically departed from the doctrines and practices established by the Church;
5.8.7. the member writes to request transfer of his membership to another church;
5.8.8. upon any cause deemed sufficient by the Diaconate to warrant the termination of the Memberxs membership pursuant to Article 5.6.1, provided that such termination shall not be made unless at least 3 calendar months have passed since the Member was duly notified of the Diaconatexs intention to terminate his membership.5.9. Reinstatement of Membership
The Diaconate shall have the discretion to restore a personxs membership when: 5.9.1. a reasonable explanation has been given;
5.9.2. such member shows evidence of repentance and reformation.
5.10. The decision of the Diaconate in disapproving any application for Membership or in terminating the Membership of any member or in reinstating any member shall be final and binding on such applicant or Member (as the case may be) and the Church and shall not be called into question in any way whatsoever.
ENTRANCE FEES, SUBSCRIPTIONS AND OTHER DUES
6.1. There shall be no entrance fee payable for all members.
6.2. There shall be no subscriptions payable by members. The funds of the Church shall be derived from free-will offerings.
6.3. Any additional funds required for special purposes may only be raised from members with the consent of the General Meeting of members.
7.1 There shall be a Church Board referred to in this constitution as Diaconate consisting of not less than five (5) members.
7.2. The Diaconate shall be the highest executive body of the Church and shall be vested with complete authority to plan and manage all spiritual, pastoral and temporal matters of the Church, as it deems fit in between General Meetings. It may not act contrary to the express wishes of the General Meetings without prior reference to it and always remains subordinate to the General Meetings.
7.3. The Diaconate shall consist of all the elected Elders, Deacons, appointed Pastor(s) and co-opted members. The procedure for election of Elders and Deacons shall be as follows:
a . Any person who has been a church member for at least 3 years and served in a ministry for at least 2 years may be nominated to be a deacon in the Diaconate with one seconder and prior consent of the nominee.
b. The nominees will be considered by the existing Diaconate who will ensure that those nominated qualify for leadership, guided by Biblical principles
c. Confirmation by at least 75% of responding church members is required.
d. In the confirmation process, only two choices "YES" or "NO' are available. Members may indicate reasons for a "NO" response
e. Diaconate will evaluate all objections and will overxrule the church's confirmation if serious objections are substantiatedf. The Diaconate will nominate Elders. The nominees can be from within the Diaconate or members from the congregation who have been Diaconate members before. Those nominated will have to be confirmed by at least 75% of responding church members.
g. At any time, the size of the Diaconate will be between 9x15. The number required to form the Diaconate at any selection exercise will be determined by the existing Diaconateh. In the event that there are more nominations than available positions, nominees with the highest number of affirmations will be selected (subject to the minimum of 75% confirmation and with no serious objections against them
i. The term of office for any member of Diaconate will be 3 years. A year of sabbatical is mandatory after every 6 years (2 consecutive terms) of service
j. The designated period of selection of members into the Diaconate is within the third quarter of each year to enable the new Diaconate members to participate in the formulation of plans for the coming year
7.4. The structure of the Diaconate shall be as follows:
7.4.1. A Chairman who is an Elder
7.4.2. A Vice-Chairman
7.4.3. An Honorary Secretary
7.4.4. An Honorary Treasurer
7.4.5. Diaconate Members
Unless with the prior approval in writing of the Registrar of Societies, all members of the Diaconate shall be either Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents.
7.5. All members of the Diaconate, save the Pastor, shall hold office for a term of 3 years upon election as Elders or Deacons. All office-bearers, except the Treasurer, may be eligible for re-election for a second term of 3 years. Any members upon completion of two 3-year term must take a 1-year sabbatical before offering himself or herself for election to the Diaconate.
7.6. Candidates for election to the office of the Diaconate shall be duly nominated and seconded by two members of the Church and approved by the Diaconate in office and shall be elected by the voting of the members of the Church present at a General Meeting in accordance with Article 10.10. Election of candidates to the office of the Diaconate shall be by secret ballot. There shall be no voting by proxy.
7.7. The Diaconate shall meet as often as shall be necessary. The Chairman or the Pastor may call a meeting of the Diaconate at any time by giving three (3) daysx notice. At least one-half (1/2) of the members of the Diaconate must be present.7.8. The Diaconate shall act by a simple majority. In the event of an equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.
7.9. The Diaconate may delegate its powers to any person or persons and may constitute and appoint such sub-committees as it deems fit and to make such rules and standing orders to regulate the duties and powers of such person or persons or sub-committees as may be necessary or helpful in the attainment of the objects of the Church.
7.10. The Diaconate may co-opt members of the Church or such other persons as it deems fit to serve on the Church sub-committees.
7.11. The Diaconate may, at any time, appoint any member of the Church with the requisite qualifications, to be a member of the Diaconate to fill any vacancy until the next election. Any changes in the Diaconate shall be notified to the Registrar of Societies within two (2) weeks of the change.
7.12. The office of a member of the Diaconate shall become vacant if such member:
7.12.1. resigns from his office by one (1) monthxs written notice to that effect;7.12.2. is absent for a continuous period of six (6) months without the prior approval of the diaconate;
7.12.3. is indisposed and unable to attend diaconate meetings for a continuous period of six (6) months;
7.12.4. becomes bankrupt;
7.12.5. is found to have acted in a manner unbecoming of a member of the Diaconate or by is act or omission be likely to hinder the witness of the Church or render it of ill repute;
7.12.6. fails or ceases to subscribe to the Statement of Faith in Annex A;
7.12.7. dies or becomes of unsound mind.
7.13. The Diaconate has power to authorise the expenditure of a sum not exceeding the amount agreed upon by the General Meeting of members per month from the Churchxs funds for the Churchxs purposes.DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIACONATE
He shall act as Chairman at all meetings of the Church and the Diaconate. He shall also represent the Church in its dealings with outside persons and matters.
8.2. Vice Chairman
The Vice-Chairman shall assist the Chairman and deputise for him in his absence.
8.3. Honorary Secretary
The Honorary Secretary shall keep all records, except financial, of the Church and shall be responsible for their correctness. He will keep minutes of all meetings of the Diaconate and General Meetings of the Church and maintain an up-to-date Register of the Church Members at all times.
8.4. Honorary Treasurer
8.4.1. The Honorary Treasurer shall be the custodian of the Churchxs funds and shall receive and disburse all monies on behalf of the Church under the direction of the Diaconate.8.4.2. He shall ensure that an account of all monetary transactions be kept by the Church and shall be responsible for their correctness.
8.5. Board Members
They shall assist the aforementioned members of the Diaconate in their management of the affairs of the Church
9.1. The Diaconate shall appoint the Pastor of the Church. The Pastor of the Church must first subscribe to the Statement of Faith of the Church in Annex A and hold relevant theological credentials as recognised by the Diaconate.
9.2. The first Pastor who is a member of the Church on the day of the Church is registered shall be Pastor of the Church. He shall serve his office for a term to be determined by the Diaconate.
9.3. The Pastor may by giving at least three (3) monthxs written notice to that effect, resign or retire from office. 9.4. Successor to fill the vacancy arising in the office of a Pastor shall be recommended and nominated by the outgoing Pastor in consultation with the Diaconate. In the event the Pastor does not make any recommendation, the Diaconate will nominate and appoint the successor.
9.5. In the event no suitable successor is found to fill the vacancy arising in the office of a Pastor, and until such time when one is appointed, the Diaconate shall assume the Pastorxs responsibilities.9.6. The Pastor shall have the general oversight of the spiritual life, regular services and ministration of the sacraments of the Church.
9.7. The Pastor shall be a member of the Diaconate and shall Chair all meetings as delegated by the Diaconate.
9.8. The Pastor may in consultation with the Diaconate, appoint an Associate Pastor(s) if deemed necessary.
9.9. The Pastor shall be responsible for all the worship services of and the preaching in the Church. No person shall preach in the Church without the prior approval of the Pastor and the Christian Education Committee
10.1. The supreme authority of the Church is vested in a General Meeting of members presided over by the Chairman. An Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held by March each year at a time and place determined by the Diaconate. All General Meeting other than the AGM shall be called an Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM).
10.2. The Diaconate or the Pastor may, whenever it/he thinks fit, convene an EGM. They shall also convene an EGM on the requisition of at least one-half (1/2) of the voting members of the Church.
10.3. If the Diaconate does not within two months after the date of the receipt of the written request proceed to convene an EGM, the members who requested for the EGM shall convene the EGM by giving ten daysx notice to voting members setting forth the business to be transacted and simultaneously posting the agenda on the Churchxs notice board.10.4. At least two (2) weeksx notice will be given of an AGM and at least ten (10) daysx notice of any other General Meeting must be given and particulars of its agenda must be posted on the Church Notice Board at least four (4) days prior to the Meeting. The following matters will be considered at the AGM: 10.4.1. To receive and approve the report of the Diaconate;
10.4.2. To receive and approve the Accounts of the Church for the last financial year;
10.4.3. Election of Auditors;
10.4.4. Election of Trustees, if any;
10.4.5. Election of members to the Diaconate.
10.5. Any member with the support of at least 10% of the voting members of the church may, by notice given to the secretary no less than one (1) week before the meeting is due to be held, place an item on the agenda of the General Meeting.
10.6. At least one-third (1/3) of the members of the Church must be present at an AGM or EGM for its proceedings to be valid. Proxies shall not be constituted as part of the quorum.
10.7. In the event of there being no quorum for an AGM or EGM, the meeting shall be adjourned for half an hour and should the number then present be insufficient to form a quorum, then those present shall be considered a quorum, but they shall have no power to alter, amend or make additions to any of the existing Articles of the Constitution.
10.8. A resolution on the amendment or addition/deletion of this Constitution shall be passed with the consent of three quarters (75%) of the voting members of the church present at such meeting when put to vote.
10.9. A resolution on the dissolution of the church requires the consent of three-quarters (75%) of the total voting membership of the church for the time being resident in Singapore expressed, either in person or by proxy, at a General Meeting convened for the purpose.
10.10. A member shall be elected to the office of the Diaconate by the consent of three-quarters (75%) of the voting members of the Church present at such meeting when put to the vote.
10.11. Subject to paragraphs 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 above, all resolutions or decisions of an AGM, EGM or general meeting hall be decided by a simply majority vote of the members present at the meeting convened. In the case of an equality of votes, the chairman of the meeting shall have a casting vote.
10.12. Unless otherwise stated in this Constitution, voting by proxy is not allowed at all General Meetings.
11.1 All funds for the maintenance of the Church shall be provided by the voluntary contributions, tithes and offerings of members of the Church.
11.2 All cheques will be signed by at least two members designated by the Diaconate from time to time as authorised signatories of cheques
11.3. The financial year of the Church shall be from 1st January to 31st December.
12.1. Subject to the Financial Guidelines as approved by the Church, the Diaconate shall have power to borrow money on behalf of the Church only for the purchase of immovable properties for the use of the Church or for the construction of buildings on immovable property of the Church and for such purpose to mortgage the property of the Church.
13.1 A firm of Certified Public Accountants shall be appointed as Auditors at each Annual General Meeting for a term of one year and shall be eligible for reappointment.
a) will be required to audit each yearxs accounts and present a report upon them to the Annual General Meeting.b) may be required by the Chairman to audit the Churchxs accounts for any period within their tenure of office at any date and make a report to the Diaconate.TRUSTEES
14.1. If at any time the Church acquires any immovable property, such property shall be vested in the trustees subject to a Declaration of Trust.
14.2. The trustees of the Church shall:
14.2.1. Not be more than four (4) and not less than two (2) in number.
14.2.2. Be elected by a General Meeting of Members.
14.2.3. Not effect any sale or mortgage of property without the prior approval of the General Meeting of members.
14.3. The office of the trustee shall be vacated:
14.3.1. If the trustee dies or becomes a lunatic or of unsound mind.
14.3.2. If he is absent from the Republic of Singapore for a period of more than one year.
14.3.3. If he is guilty of misconduct of such a kind as to render it undesirable that he continues as a trustee.
14.3.4. If he submits notice of resignation from his trusteeship.
14.4. Notice of any proposal to remove a trustee from his trusteeship or to appoint a new trustee to fill a vacancy must be given by posting it on the notice board in the Church premises at least two (2) weeks before the General Meeting at which the proposal is to be discussed. The result of such General Meeting shall then be notified to the Registrar of Societies and Commissioner of Charities .
14.5. The address of each immovable property, name of each trustee and any subsequent change must be notified to the Registrar of Societies and Commissioner of Charities.
15.1. Gambling of any kind, excluding the promotion or conduct of a private lottery which has been permitted under the Private Lotteries Act Cap 250, is forbidden on the Churchxs premises. The introduction of materials for gambling or drug taking and of bad characters into the premises is prohibited.15.2. The funds of the Church shall not be used to pay the fines of members who have been convicted in court of law.
15.3. The Church shall not engage in any trade union activity as defined in any written law relating to trade unions for the time being in force in Singapore.
15.4. The Church shall not attempt to restrict or interfere with trade or make directly or indirectly any recommendation to, any arrangement with its members which has the purpose or is likely to have the effect of fixing or controlling the price or any discount, allowance or rebate relating to any goods or service which adversely affect consumer interests.
15.5. The Church shall not indulge in any political activity or allow its funds and/or premises to be used for political purposes.
15.6. The Church shall not hold any lottery, whether confined to its members or not, in the name of the Church or its office-bearers, Committee or members unless with the prior approval of the relevant authorities.
15.7. The Church shall not raise funds from the public for whatever purposes without the prior approval in writingof the Head, Licensing Division, Singapore Police Force and other relevant authorities.
AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION
16.1. No alteration or addition/deletion to this Constitution shall be made except by a resolution passed at a general meeting and shall not come into force without the prior sanction of the Registrar of Societies and the Commissioner of Charities.
17.1. In the event of any question or matter pertaining to day-to-day administration which is not expressly provided for in this Constitution, the Diaconate shall have power to use its best judgment and discretion. The decision of the Diaconate shall be final unless it is reversed at a General Meeting of members.
18.1. In the event of any dispute arising amongst members, they shall attempt to resolve the matter at an Extraordinary General Meeting in accordance with this Constitution. Should the members fail to resolve the matter, they may bring the matter to a court of law for settlement.
VISITORS AND GUESTS
19.1. Visitors and guests may be admitted into the premises of the Church but they shall not be admitted into the privileges of the Church. All visitors and guests shall abide by the Churchxs rules and regulations.DISSOLUTION
20.1. The Church shall not be dissolved, except by a resolution passed at a General Meeting convened for the purpose.
20.2. In the event of the Church being dissolved as provided above, all debts and liabilities legally incurred on behalf of the Church shall be fully discharged, and the remaining funds will be donated to other churches and/or an approved charity or charitable in Singapore which is / are registered under the Charities Act as the members may determine at a General Meeting.
20.3. A certificate of Dissolution shall be given within seven (7) days of the dissolution to the Registrar of Societies and the Commissioner of Charities.
PASIR PANJANG HILL BRETHREN CHURCH
WE BELIEVE: STATEMENT OF FAITH
1.0 THE WORD OF GOD
W e believe the Scriptures both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of God's will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
We believe in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons x Father, Son and Holy Spirit.3.0 JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins; He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where He now sits at God's right hand, as our mediator/advocate.
4.0 THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.
7.0 BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are however not to be regarded as means of salvation.
8. 0 THE CHURCH
We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the Head.
9.0 THE HEAD
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.
10.O SECOND COMING
We believe in the personal and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this "blessed hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; the believer's resurrection to everlasting blessedness and joy with Christ and the unbeliever's to judgment and everlasting punishment.