Constitution
First Baptist Church Jacksboro, Texas

Preamble
We, the members of First Baptist Church of Jacksboro, Texas, do hereby declare and establish this Constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith and to govern the body in an orderly manner, to maintain the autonomy of this church in freedom of action in relation to other churches and organizations.

Article One
NAME
This body shall be known as the First Baptist Church of Jacksboro, Texas.

Article Two
OBJECTIVES
To be a dynamic spiritual organism empowered by the Holy Spirit to communicate the Good News of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ with as many people as possible in our church, community, and throughout the world, which is the mission of this church.
To be a worshiping fellowship; experiencing an awareness of God; recognizing His person and responding in obedience to His leadership; to experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellow believers; and to help people experience a growing knowledge of God and man.
To be a church that ministers unselfishly to persons in the community and the world in Jesus’ name.
To be a church whose purpose is to be Christ-like in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment of one’s life, personality, and possessions to the lordship of Jesus Christ.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Article Three
PRINCIPLES OF FAITH
We affirm that the Holy Bible is God’s revelation to mankind, and that it is inspired by God, is without error, it is an accurate record of the history and future of mankind, and that it depicts the birth, life, death and resurrection of the Savior of all mankind, our Lord Jesus Christ, and is therefore the sole basis of our faith.
We regard the scriptures of the Holy Bible as authoritative in all matters of faith, practice, and principle.  This church affirms as our doctrinal statement The Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1963.
The ordinances of the church are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Article Four
PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH
We confirm that our primary purpose is the communication of the Good News of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to all persons as stated in Romans 1:16-17.
We endeavor to equip each individual for this purpose through the provision of opportunities of worship, education, service, and fellowship as described in Ephesians 4:1-16.

Article Five
INCORPORATION OF THE CHURCH
The First Baptist Church of Jacksboro, Texas was incorporated April 8, 1938, in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas governing religious bodies, and the handling of property shall be in accordance with such laws and all amendments thereto.

Article Six
GOVERNMENT OF THE CHURCH
The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who comprise it, owing allegiance only to its head and founder, the Lord Jesus Christ.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Persons duly received by the members shall constitute the membership.  These members shall be individuals who have in common with the members their spiritual union with the Lord Jesus Christ and their agreement on the principles of faith contained in this document.  These members, so bound together, regard one another as having equal rank and privilege, as well as equal responsibility and obligation, in fulfilling the purpose of this church as stated in Galatians 3:26-28.
All internal and external groups created and empowered by the church shall report to and be accountable only to the church, unless otherwise specified by church action under authority of this constitution.
At the same time, this body recognizes the rightful place of the state and pledges itself to the support of federal, state, and local governments in accordance with Romans 12:1-7 and I Peter 2:13-17.

Article Seven
RELATIONSHIPS
This church is subject to the control of no other civil or ecclesiastical body.  However, we recognize the benefits and sustain the obligations of mutual cooperation, which are common among Baptist churches, associations and conventions.  Insofar as practical, this body agrees to cooperate and support the Harvest Baptist Association, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and the Southern Baptist Convention.  Although, this constitution recognizes and will preserve the liberties of each individual member and the freedom of action of this body in relation to other churches.

Article Eight
MEMBERSHIP
The membership of this church shall consist of persons who have made a public profession of their faith in Christ as Savior and Lord and who, having experienced New Testament baptism by immersion, and are in agreement with the faith and practice of this church and who have otherwise qualified under the By-Laws.



Article Nine
AMENDMENTS
This constitution may be amended at any regular business meeting by a two-thirds majority vote.  The proposed revision or amendment shall have been submitted in writing to the members of the church for whom the church has a mailing address, or email address, at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.  No amendments or revisions shall be made pertaining to MEMBERSHIP.

Article Ten
SOLE AUTHORITY
There shall be no worship, education, service by members or fellowship conducted which is in conflict with this constitution.  The church shall not conduct any business transaction contrary to the constitution.
All rules, regulations, by-laws, policies and procedures approved, if any, by this church, in conflict with this constitution are each and all hereby repealed, set aside and superseded.
This constitution shall be and is, hereby established as the sole “Constitution” for this church.  No rules, regulations, by-laws, policies, or procedures may be established which conflict with this constitution.

Article Eleven
CHURCH COVENANT
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized by immersion 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, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the relief of the poor, and to the spreading of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and private 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 divisive and malicious behavior; to abstain from the sale of, and use of, any addictive or habit forming substances that are detrimental to the physical and/or spiritual well-being of ourselves and/or others; 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 one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian 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 Word.

Article Twelve
RATIFICATION
This constitution is hereby ordained and established for the First Baptist Church of Jacksboro, Texas by vote of the membership on ________________________, 2015.


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Moderator/Pastor                                                                Trustee/Deacon Chairman
    
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