WE, THE MEMBERS OF CASHION FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH , located in Cashion, Oklahoma, hereby declare and establish this Constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith and to govern this body of believers in an orderly manner. All activities of the Church are subject to and ultimately guided by our Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit as well as the Holy Bible and further guided by the Certificate of Incorporation and adopted Bylaws. Within the framework of this Constitution, the Church will establish Bylaws to preserve the liberties of each Member and the freedom of action of this body in its relation to the Members, other churches, and local, state, and federal governments.
STATEMENT OF FAITH The Church is an organized body of baptized believers in the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit and, while recognizing diversity in methods, united in purpose: to gather in worship; proclaim the truth of the Holy Bible; equip our membership for Christian service, spiritual growth and Christ-like living; and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, making and baptizing disciples in accordance with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).
Holy Bible. Because the Holy Bible is God’s self-revelation to humanity, we submit ourselves under it completely. All affairs, business, conduct and activity of the Church will be governed by and are subject to the Holy Bible.
The Baptist Faith and Message. We see The Baptist Faith and Message (2000) as an accurate confession of faith based on the Holy Bible. Because of this, we align ourselves with the doctrines set forth in The Baptist Faith and Message (2000), and they shall be used for guidance in the programs and teachings of the Church. It is imperative that all persons employed by the Church in any capacity or who serve as volunteers abide by our doctrinal beliefs and conduct themselves accordingly.
Marriage and Family. The Holy Bible, our statement of faith, and The Baptist Faith and Message (2000), express our fundamental biblical conviction that Christian marriage is, by definition, the spiritual and physical uniting of one man and one woman in an exclusive covenant commitment for their joint lifetime. Christian marriage is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His Church.
ORDINANCES The Church shall observe two ordinances, Baptism and The Lord’s Supper, following the instruction of Our Lord in the Scriptures.
No activity shall occur on the campus that is in conflict with our faith, belief, doctrine, or practice.
COVENANT OF MEMBERS In furtherance of the spirit of unity, oneness and commitment to the Word of God, the Members adopt the following covenant of Members:
Having each been individually led by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord and, on the profession of our faith in Christ, 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 commit corporately 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 the prosperity and spirituality of this Church and its Members;
To sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; and
To be good stewards of our earthly possessions by tithing cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the gospel through the United States and all nations.
Individually we commit:
To maintain family and private devotions;
To educate our children in our faith;
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 conduct; and
To be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior and promote Christian values in our society.
Moreover, we commit that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with another Church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
AMENDMENTS Amendments to this Constitution shall require approval of the Members. Amendments may be proposed and voted on at a special business meeting of the Members, provided each proposed amendment shall have been presented in writing at a previous regular or special business meeting. Copies of the proposed amendment shall be furnished or made available at both meetings. Passage of new articles and/or amendments, removal of existing articles and/or amendments, or clarifying statements concerning existing articles and/or amendments require a supermajority (67% plus 1) of the eligible voting members during a special business meeting held following the Sunday morning service. Non-members are asked to leave the sanctuary, a roll call of the members will be taken and a special business meeting will be called to order, co-presided by the Planning committee chairperson and the senior pastor.
Voted on and approved: June 09, 2019
CONSTITUTION OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF CASHION, OKLAHOMA Adopted August 15, 2004 Preamble 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.