|The First Baptist Church of McConnell
|Statement of Faith
|Reposing our faith wholly in the Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation, believing in the teachings and
practices of the Baptists and those great distinctive principles for which they have stood, namely:
1. The preeminence of Christ as our divine Lord and Master.
2. The supreme authority of the Bible and its sufficiency
as our only rule of faith and practice.
3. The right to private interpretation and the competency
of the individual soul in direct approach to God.
4. The absolute separation between Church and State.
5. A regenerate church membership.
6. The beautiful, symbolic ordinance of believer's baptism in obedience
to the command of Christ.
7. The complete independence of the local Church and its interdependence
in associated fellowship with other Baptist churches.
8. The solemn obligation of majority rule, guaranteeing equal rights to all
and special privileges to none.
9. The spiritual unity of all believers, for which the Master so earnestly prayed.
10. A world wide program of missionary fervor and evangelism in obedience to
the final command of Jesus.
We therefore band ourselves together as a body of baptized (immersed) believers in Jesus Christ,
and adopt for our government, plan of worship, and service the following articles.
Article I - Name
This Church shall be called the First Baptist Church of McConnell, McConnell, West Virginia.
Article II - Covenant
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 Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels, 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 spirituality; to sustain it's
worship, ordinances, disciplines, and doctrines to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of
the ministry, the expense of the Church, and relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all
nations. We also engage to maintain family worship and secret devotions; to educate religiously our
children, to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world;
to be just and faithful in our dealings, and exemplary in our deportment, to avoid all tattling,
backbiting, and excessive anger. To abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage,
illegal substances, 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 this covenant and the principles of God's
Article III - Doctrine & Policy
Section 1 Doctrine
It receives the Scriptures as authority in all matters of faith and practice, and believes that the
Scriptures teach the following doctrines:
(a) The unique inspiration of the Bible
(b) The full deity of Jesus Christ
(c) His vicarious and substitutionary death on the cross
(d) His physical resurrection from the dead
(e) His ascension into Heaven
(f) His personal return according to His promise.
Section 2 - Policy
The government of this Church shall be vested in the body of believers who compose it. It is subject to the
control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains the beliefs of mutual council and
cooperation, which are common among Baptist Churches.