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Lebanon Springs, New York, 12125


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The name of this organization shall be The First Baptist Church of Lebanon Springs, N.Y.


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1. Of the Scriptures.

We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men and therefore has truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creed, and opinions, shall be tried. II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:10-21.


2. Of the true God.

We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Exodus 20:2-3; I Cor. 8:6; Rev. 4:11; I John 5:7.


3. Of the Holy Spirit.


We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; and that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin; of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness of the Truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endures, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer. John 14:16-17; Matt. 28:19, Heb. 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen. 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:56-6; Eph. 1:13-14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33, Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Rom. 8:26-27.


4. Of the Devil or Satan.

We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. Matt. 4:1-3; II Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10.


5. Of the Creation.

We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution. Genesis, Chaps. 1 & 2; Col. 1:16-17; John 1:3.



6. Of the Fall of Man.

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state of consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. Gen. 3:1-6; Gen. 3:24, Rom 5:19; Rom. 5:12~ Rom. 1:18,32.


7. Of the Virgin Birth.

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God, and God the Son. Gen. 3:15, Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14.


8. Of the Atonement for Sin.

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatoriai offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was voluntary; substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and all-sufficient Saviour. Eph. 3:8; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24; John 3:16; Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7; Neb. 2:14; Isa. 53:4-7; Rom. 3:25; I John 4:10; I Cot. 15:3; II Cot. 5:21.


9. Of Grace, in the New Creation.

We believe that in order for sinners to be saved, they must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process, that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. John 3:3; II Cor. 5:17; I John 5:1; John 3:6,7; Acts 16:30-33; II Pet. 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1; II Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13; John 3:8.


10. Of Justification.

We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification:


(a) That justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness.

(b)That it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood His righteousness is imputed unto us. Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11, Zech. 13:1; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 5:1.


11. Of Faith and Salvation

We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. Acts 16:31.


12. Of the Local Church.

We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and friendship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties, are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interferences of an hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ; through the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. Acts 2:41,42; Eph. 4:11; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22,23; Acts 20:17-28; I Tim. 3:17; Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:23,24; Acts 15:13-18.


13. Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.


We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth in solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to a church relation. We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes; and should be preceded always by self-examination. Acts 8:36-39; John 3:23; Rom. 6:3-6; Matt. 3:16; Col. 2:12; I Cor. 11:23-28.


14. Of the Keeping Power of God.

We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ. Phil. 1:6; I Pet. 1:1-5; Heb. 7:24,25; Heb. 10:10, 14; John 5:24; John 10:28,29; Rom. 5:8-11; Rom. 8:35-39; Jude 1.


15. Of the Righteous and the Wicked.

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting, conscious, suffering of the lost. Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23, Rom. 6:17,18; I John 5:19; Rom. 5:6; Rom. 6:23; Prov. 14:32, Luke 16:19-21; Matt. 25:34-41; John 8:21.


16. Of Civil Government.

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth. Rom. 13:17; II Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:21,22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Acts 5:20; Acts 4:19,20; Dan. 3:17,18.


17.Of the Resurrection, Personal, Visible, Premillennial Return of Christ and Related Events

(a)We believe in the bodily resurrection. Matt. 28:6,7; Luke 24:39; ~John 20:27; I Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6.

(b)We believe in the Ascension. Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 12:2.

(c)The High Priesthood. Heb. 8:6; I Tim. 2:5; I John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; Heb. 5:9,10.

(d)The Second Coming. John 14:3; Acts 1:11, I Thess. 4:16; James 5:8; Heb. 9:28.

(e)The Resurrection of the Righteous Dead. I Thess. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:42-44,52.

(f)The Change of the Living in Christ. I Cor. 15:51-53; I Thess. 4:13-18; Phil. 3:20,21.

(g)The Throne of David. Luke 1:32; Isa. 9:6,7; Acts 2:29,30.

(h)The Millennial Reign. I Cor. 15:25; Isa. 32:1, Isa. 11:4-5; Psalm 72:8; Rev. 20:14; Rev. 20:6.


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Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, 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 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, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret 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 avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage, to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.

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 to the rules of our Saviour, 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 word.


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Section 1. This church shall be an independent church with the right to cooperate with other groups on a voluntary basis.


Section 2. This church shall not cooperate with modernism in any form whatsoever, where the teaching of modernism is involved.


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Section 1. The membership of this church shall consist of immersed believers who are in substantial agreement with the Covenant and Articles of Faith as contained in Articles II and III.


Section 2. Reception of Members.


By Baptism: Any person who professes faith in Christ and gives satisfactory evidence of having entered upon the Christian life, and is in substantial agreement with this church in matters of faith and practice, may, upon a 2/3 majority vote of the members of the church present and voting, be received into membership by baptism.

    Candidates for baptism shall first meet with the Pastor and Board of Elders for examination, and at their request shall relate to the church their Christian experience.


(b) By Letter: Any person bearing a letter of dismission from another church of like faith and practice may, upon recommendation of the Board of Elders, be received into membership by a 2/3 vote of the members present and voting.


(c) By Experience: Those who have once been immersed, but who for any cause have no letter of dismission from any church, may, upon recommendation of the Board of Elders as to the Christian character and substantial agreement with this church in matters of faith and practice, be received into membership by a 2/3 vote of the members present and voting.


(d) By Restoration: Excluded members who confess their errors, may, upon recommendation of the Board of Elders, be restored to membership by a 2/3 vote of the members present and voting.


Section 3. Dismission of Members.


Members may be dismissed from the church as follows:

(a) By Letter: Members in good and regular standing, desiring transfer of membership to another church of like faith and practice, are entitled to a letter of recommendation and dismission which shall be valid for six months. Application for letters of dismission shall be presented to the church clerk and such letter shall be granted upon recommendation of a 2/3 vote of the church members present and voting.


(b) By Church Discipline: The Board of Elders with the Pastor shall safeguard the purity and peace of the church, and shall contact all members known to be walking disorderly, and to prayerfully seek the restoration of such. If fellowship cannot be restored the matter shall be brought before the church for action.


Any member of the church, after having been given due opportunity to be heard upon at least one month's notice, may be dismissed from membership on recommendation of the Board of Elders, and by 2/3 vote of the members present and voting, for any of the following reasons:


(1)  Admission of membership in any other church.

(2) Continued absence for at least one year due to possession of indifferent or hostile attitudes.

(3)  Conduct contrary to or incompatible with the doctrines and practices of this church.


Section 4. Inactive Members.


Any member who is absent from the regular church services for three months, without due cause, shall be placed on the inactive list, with all voting privileges withdrawn, and the individual and the church shall be notified of this action. This action shall be carried out by the pastor and deacons only after due effort to restore each individual.


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Section 1 -- Pastor

Whenever this office shall become vacant, it shall be the duty of the church to invite to its pastorate, with as little delay as possible, a man of good report, worthy and well qualified, whose faith and practice are in harmony with this church, provided that at least three-fourths (3/4) of the qualified voters present and voting at any meeting of which public notice has been given for the purpose of calling a pastor, consent to the invitation. The pastor shall perform the duties usually incumbent upon his office. He shall be called for one year, at the end of which a vote shall be taken to determine the decision of the corporate body. In case of dissatisfaction at any time a 30 day notice by either party shall be given.


Section 2 -- Clerk

The clerk of the church shall be elected at the annual business meeting for a term of one year. It shall be the duty of the clerk to keep an accurate record of the minutes of all business meetings, attend to all correspondence, keep a correct list of all members with address, date' of reception, dismissal, or death, notify all officers and committees of their appointment and duties, and to attend to all other matters and duties incumbent on such office.


Section 3 -- Treasurer

The treasurer of the church shall be elected at the annual business meeting for a term of one year. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to receive all moneys from the financial secretary, and to pay all orders drawn on him by authority of the church. He shall keep an accurate book of accounts, shall report every three months, and at the annual business meeting he shall make a written report of all receipts and expenditures for the past year.


Section 4 -- Financial Secretary

The financial secretary shall be elected at the annual business meeting for a term of one year. The duties of this office shall be to receive and to keep an accurate record of all moneys collected and to turn the same over to the treasurer of the church.


Section 5 -- Elders

There shall be not less than three nor more than five Elders, who shall be elected at the annual business meeting for a term of two years. The Elders, with the pastor, shall have charge of the ordinance of the Lord's Supper. To them shall be referred all matters pertaining to membership and discipline, and at all times they shall exercise a vigilant watch care over the spiritual interests of the church. The guidelines for candidates to this office are found in Titus 1:5-9. (See also I Timothy 2:1-7)


Section 6 -- Deacons

There shall be not less than three Deacons, two of whom shall be elected each year at the annual business meeting, for a term of three years. The deacons will also serve as trustees to satisfy the laws of incorporation. They shall have charge of the property, and the income and expenditures for the church, but shall have no power to alter or fix salaries. They shall also have charge of the Fellowship Fund, the records of which shall be confined to the Board of Deacons. The guidelines for candidates to this office are found in I Timothy 2:9-13.

The deacons/trustees shall annually elect from their own number a clerk and a chairman. The duties of the clerk shall be to record all minutes of the board of Deacons, and to render a written report at the annual business meeting of the church of all business done by the board of Deacons during the previous year.



Section 7 -- Chorister

The chorister shall be elected at the annual business meeting for a term of one year. The duty of the chorister shall be to have charge of all matters pertaining to the organization and supervision of the church choir.


Section 8 -- Organist and Assistant Organist

An organist and an assistant organist shall be elected at the annual business meeting for a term of one year. Their duties shall be those usually incumbent upon the offices.


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Section 1 -- Advisory Committee

This committee shall consist of the Board of Elders, superintendent of the Sunday School, and chairman of the Board of Deacons. The duties of this committee shall be to advise with the pastor concerning the best plans for the temporal and spiritual interests of the church. The general welfare and the varied activities of the church shall be planned and discussed by this committee, to whom all debatable matters shall be referred, and all plans for the raising of special funds.


Section 2 -- Auditing Committee

This committee shall be annually appointed by the Board of Deacons previous to the annual meeting of the church. It shall consist of two members of the board of trustees or two competent persons from the church. The duty of this committee shall be to audit the books of the church treasurer, the treasurer of the board of trustees, and the financial secretary, previous to the annual business meeting of the church, at which meeting they shall make a written report concerning the books of these three offices.


Section 3 -- Pulpit Committee

There shall be a permanent pulpit committee consisting of the Board of Elders. It shall be their duty to provide a supply in the absence of the pastor, and in interim between pastors. When the pastorate is vacant it shall be their duty to appoint two additional members from the church at large, to serve on the pulpit committee until another pastor has been called. In making inquiry in the securing of a possible candidate for the pulpit, they must make sure that the candidate with whom they are negotiating believes in the articles of faith as contained in Article II. Upon diligent inquiry, when this committee has satisfied itself with supplies or visitation hearings, and it has secured one or more candidates to whom it can give its most hearty support, it shall recommend them to the church as fit candidates for the pastorate. The candidate must claim said articles of faith, to be his very own belief, orally from the pulpit and signed in writing, before his name shall be placed before the church to be voted on in connection with the calling of a pastor or minister of the gospel. He also shall promise not to deviate in his preaching or teaching from these articles of faith so long as he shall serve this church.


Section 4 -- Special Committees

Special committees may be elected at any regular or special business meetings of the church and fulfill the purpose for which they were elected and shall report to the body by which they were elected. The pastor, by reason of his office, shall be a member of all committees, board and organizations of the church.


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Section 1 -- Sunday Services

The church shall meet for public worship twice each Sunday, and in connection with the morning service of the first Sunday of each month the Lord's Supper shall be served.


Section 2 -- Prayer Meeting

A prayer meeting of the church shall be held each week. The Covenant meeting of the church shall be held in conjunction with the prayer service of the week preceding the regular communion service.


Section 3 -- Annual Meeting

The annual corporate business meeting of the church shall be held on the third Sunday of January each year. At this annual meeting all reports from the officers of the church shall be acted upon, and officers for the corporate body shall be elected as heretofore provided for in this constitution.


Section 4 -- Quarterly Meetings

There shall be a quarterly business meeting held on the second Sunday of April, July, and October.


Section 5 -- Special Meetings

Special business meetings of the church shall be called as provided for in Section 70 of the Religious Corporate Law of the State of New York.

Special meetings of the church for the purpose of receiving candidates for baptism, reception of members by letter, by experience, or by restoration, and dismission of members by letter (only) may be held following the Sunday services or at the regular weekly prayer meeting of the church.


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A. This Constitution and by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the corporate body (members present and voting) at any regular business meeting provided that public notice of said proposed amendment shall be given on each of two Sundays immediately preceding said meeting.


B. At all business meetings of the corporate body, five qualified voters including the moderator, shall constitute a quorum.


C, The following order of business shall be followed for all corporate meetings:

Call to Order


      3. Election of presiding officer in absence of the Pastor.

      4. Reading of minutes

      5. Report of the Treasurer

      6. Unfinished Business

      7. Reports of committees and communications

      8. New business, elections, etc.

      9. Adjournment

     10. Prayer



D. The value and necessity of missions is hereby recognized and such movements as are selected by the church shall be supported.


E. At all corporate business meetings the qualified voters shall be all persons of 18 years of age or over who are members of the church in good standing.


F. In case there shall be a vacancy in any of the offices of the corporate body, except the office of Elder, during the year, the board of Deacons shall appoint the officer for the vacancy and the appointed officer shall serve until the next annual meeting of the corporate body.


G. "Good and regular standing" shall' be defined as conduct consistent with the beliefs and practices of this church, faithfulness in the support of the church, and regularity in attendance at the church services.


H. All officers must be members of the church in good and regular standing as defined in Section G.


I. All moneys shall be raised by voluntary tithes and offerings and in no other way.


J. Any sections of the constitution and by-laws and rules of order previously adopted which are in conflict with this constitution and by-laws and rules of order shall be null and void.


K. Gregg's manual of Parliamentary Law shall be the authority for the rules of order governing this organization.


L. This constitution and by-laws was adopted by the church on December 14th and27th, 1955.


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This church has historically recognized marriage as a sacred institution, created by God (Genesis 2:21-25), between one man and one woman. To comply with the Word of God and the traditions of this church and historic western culture, same-sex “marriages” will not be solemnized at this church, on any property it owns or operates, or by any member of the church leadership. While all sins are egregious to God, sexual sins are particularly pernicious (I Corinthians 6:15-20). For this reason, any one actively participating in sexual sins will not be considered qualified for membership, and anyone who is currently a member and is actively participating in sexual sins will be considered acting contrary to the doctrine and practices of this church (See Article V, Section 3, Sub-section (b)).



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