CONSTITUTION OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF CASHION, OKLAHOMA
Adopted August 15, 2004
We declare and establish this constitution for the preservation and security of the principles of our faith, and that this body may be governed in an orderly manner. This constitution will preserve the liberties of each individual member of this church and the freedom of action of this body in its relation to other churches.
Article I. Name
This body is incorporated under the laws of the State of Oklahoma, and shall be known as the “First Baptist Church of Cashion, Oklahoma, a corporation”, located 18750 West Highway 74F, Cashion, OK 73016. P.O. Box 298.
Article II. Statement of Purpose
First Baptist Church exists for the purpose of glorifying God and expressing the Lordship of Jesus Christ through our:
– Worship and Praise
– Application of the inerrant Word of God to all of life
– Supporting the total life and work of the church
– Personal, group, and church-wide evangelism
– Missions at home and abroad
– Christian Education
– And loving Ministry to the needs of people in and out of the Church Family.
Article III. Statement of Faith
We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God and the basis for our beliefs. This church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of The Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000, as a faithful, but not exhaustive, statement of belief. We voluntarily band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind. The ordinances of the church are believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Article IV. Church Covenant
Having been led as we believe by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and 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 and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully enter into 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, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, doctrines, and discipline; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and individual 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 exhibit the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23); and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
Article V. Polity and Relationships
The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose it. Persons duly received by the members shall constitute the membership.
All internal groups created and empowered by the church shall report to and be accountable only to the church, unless otherwise specified by church action.
This church is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation, which are common among Baptist churches. In so far as is practical, this church will cooperate with and support the Central Baptist Association, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, and the Southern Baptist Convention.