KINGSLAND BAPTIST CHURCH

CONSTITUTION
PREAMBLE

We do declare and establish this Constitution and By-Laws to:

  • Preserve and secure the principles of our faith,
  • Govern ourselves in an orderly manner consistent with Holy Scripture,
  • Preserve the liberties inherent in each individual member of this church,
  • Preserve the freedom of action of this body with respect to its relation to other ecclesiastical bodies.

ARTICLE I
NAME

This body shall be organized as a non-profit church corporation known as Kingsland Baptist Church, a Virginia church corporation, hereinafter referred to in the Constitution and Bylaws as the “Church”.

ARTICLE II
PURPOSE AND MISSION

The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by fulfilling the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. (Matt. 22:36-40, 28:18-20)
We glorify God by connecting people with Christ through prayer, evangelism, discipleship, worship, fellowship and ministry.

ARTICLE III
STATEMENT OF FAITH

We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God and the basis for our beliefs and practices. This church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of The Baptist Faith and Message adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000.

ARTICLE IV
CHURCH COVENANT

Having been led by the grace of God through the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit to repent of our sin and in faith turn to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and having given public testimony of this faith through baptism by immersion, we now joyfully and solemnly enter into this covenant with the members of this church. We commit, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to affirm and follow the Statement of Faith and Covenant in the Church Constitution, to walk together in love, to remember one another in prayer, to help one another in times of need, to exercise gentleness and humility in our dealings with one another as we speak the truth in love, to be faithful in our responsibilities and commitments, to be just and honest in our dealings, and to honor ourselves and others for Christ’s sake through sexual purity, personal integrity, and abstaining from things or practices which bring harm to our faith or the faith of another.

We commit to faithful participation in times of worship, prayer, study, and fellowship with other believers, to the building up of the church by using our spiritual gifts in ministry, to contributing cheerfully and regularly for the ministry and expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel to the world.

We commit to practice personal and family worship, to train our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, and to seek the salvation of our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, acquaintances, and all peoples of the world.

We have read the Articles, Constitution and Bylaws including those policies dealing with church discipline, conflict resolution, members’ rights and responsibilities and Church Covenant and agree to be bound by the Articles, Constitution and Bylaws and accompanying policies and procedures.

ARTICLE V
SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE

Marriage unites one man and one woman in a lifetime commitment to each other (Genesis 2:23-24closeGenesis 2:23-24 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (ESV)
closeGenesis 2:23-24closeGenesis 2:23-24 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (ESV)
23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (ESV)
; Matthew 19:4-6closeMatthew 19:4-6 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (ESV) closeMatthew 19:4-6closeMatthew 19:4-6 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (ESV) He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (ESV) ). Marriage provides for intimate companionship, pure sexual expression (Genesis 2:25closeGenesis 2:25 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. (ESV) closeGenesis 2:25closeGenesis 2:25 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. (ESV) 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. (ESV) ; Ephesians 5:31-33closeEphesians 5:31-33 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (ESV) closeEphesians 5:31-33closeEphesians 5:31-33 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (ESV) 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (ESV) ), procreation, and reflects the relationship of Christ and the church (Genesis 1:28closeGenesis 1:28 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (ESV) closeGenesis 1:28closeGenesis 1:28 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (ESV) 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (ESV) ; Proverbs 5:15-19; 1closeProverbs 5:15-19 15 Drink water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well.
16 Should your springs be scattered abroad,
streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be for yourself alone,
and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love.
Proverbs 5:1 Warning Against Adultery 5:1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom;
incline your ear to my understanding, (ESV)
closeProverbs 5:15-19closeProverbs 5:15-19 15 Drink water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well.
16 Should your springs be scattered abroad,
streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be for yourself alone,
and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love. (ESV)
15 Drink water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well.
16 Should your springs be scattered abroad,
streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be for yourself alone,
and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love.
Proverbs 5:1closeProverbs 5:1 Warning Against Adultery 5:1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom;
incline your ear to my understanding, (ESV)
Warning Against Adultery 5:1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom;
incline your ear to my understanding, (ESV)
Corinthians 7:1-5close1 Corinthians 7:1-5 Principles for Marriage 7:1 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (ESV) close1 Corinthians 7:1-5close1 Corinthians 7:1-5 Principles for Marriage 7:1 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (ESV) Principles for Marriage 7:1 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (ESV) ). A husband is commanded to love his wife as Christ loved the church. A wife is commanded to submit to her husband as the church submits to Christ (Ephesians 5:22-33closeEphesians 5:22-33 Wives and Husbands 22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (ESV) closeEphesians 5:22-33closeEphesians 5:22-33 Wives and Husbands 22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (ESV) Wives and Husbands 22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (ESV) ). Parents are instructed to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4closeEphesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (ESV) closeEphesians 6:4closeEphesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (ESV) Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (ESV) ).

All parents who are members of the church may, if they so desire, have their children dedicated at a time to be designated. This service will give the parents the opportunity to publicly acknowledge their child as a gift from God and will likewise serve as a pledge on the part of the parents to bring the child up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The service may consist of a few words from the Pastor and a prayer of dedication.

The believer is expected to comply with the Biblical admonition of refraining from homosexual practices, relationships and one-sex or domestic partnerships and to seek appropriate counseling to refrain from and terminate such practices in order to be received as, or remain a member of this congregation. (Genesis 2:20closeGenesis 2:20 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. (ESV) closeGenesis 2:20closeGenesis 2:20 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. (ESV) 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. (ESV) b-24; Matthew 19closeMatthew 19 Teaching About Divorce 19:1 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to spanorce one's wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of spanorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to spanorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever spanorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” 10 The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” 11 But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. 12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.” Let the Children Come to Me 13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away. The Rich Young Man 16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27 Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first. (ESV) closeMatthew 19closeMatthew 19 Teaching About Divorce 19:1 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to spanorce one's wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of spanorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to spanorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever spanorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” 10 The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” 11 But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. 12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.” Let the Children Come to Me 13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away. The Rich Young Man 16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27 Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first. (ESV) Teaching About Divorce 19:1 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to spanorce one's wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of spanorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to spanorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever spanorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” 10 The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” 11 But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. 12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.” Let the Children Come to Me 13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away. The Rich Young Man 16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27 Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first. (ESV) : 4, 5; 1 Corinthians 6close1 Corinthians 6 Lawsuits Against Believers 6:1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers! Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. Flee Sexual Immorality 12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (ESV) close1 Corinthians 6close1 Corinthians 6 Lawsuits Against Believers 6:1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers! Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. Flee Sexual Immorality 12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (ESV) Lawsuits Against Believers 6:1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers! Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. Flee Sexual Immorality 12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (ESV) : 9, 10)

ARTICLE VI
ORDINANCES

SECTION 1 – BAPTISM
A person who receives Jesus Christ as Savior by personal faith, who professes Him publicly at any worship service, and who indicates a commitment to follow Christ as Lord shall be received for baptism.

  1. Baptism shall be by immersion in water.
  2. Baptism shall be administered by the Pastor or whomever the Church shall
    authorize.
  3. Baptism shall be administered as an act of worship during any worship service.

SECTION 2 – THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby Christians, through partaking of the bread and fruit of the vine, commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming.

  1. The Lord’s Supper shall be observed regularly as scheduled by the Church.
  2. The Pastor, assisted by the Deacons, shall be responsible for the administration of the Lord’s Supper.

ARTICLE VII
ORDINATIONS

A. Ordination to the Gospel Ministry:
(1) A candidate for the gospel ministry is usually licensed sometime prior to the request for ordination. When one indicates to the Church that he believes that God has called him to the ministry, and if the Church is in agreement with him, it is appropriate for the Church to give him its tentative approval by licensing him to serve until he has proven himself qualified for ordination. The request for ordination may come from the candidate himself, or the Church he is serving may make the request. Only men shall be considered for ordination to the gospel ministry.

(2) After the Church has received a proper request for ordination of a candidate, the Church shall authorize the appointment of an advisory council to examine the candidate in order to advise the Church regarding the candidate’s fitness for ordination. The council may recommend to the Church:

(a) Ordination of the candidate,
(b) Deferment of the ordination for a stated period, or
(c) Rejection of the candidate.

After the church has received in writing the recommendations of the advisory council and the Church approves the candidate for ordination, the ordination services shall be scheduled and the candidate shall be ordained.

The ordination of a person to the gospel ministry may be revoked by the Church at a meeting called for that purpose.

B. Ordination of Deacons:
A man who has not been previously ordained to the office of deacon by Kingsland Baptist Church or a sister church of like belief shall be ordained at such time as he is elected to serve that office. The ordination of a deacon may be revoked by the Church in a meeting called for that purpose.

ARTICLE VIII
POLITY AND RELATIONSHIPS

The government of this church is vested in the believers duly received as members by the Church (consistent with Article I of the By-Laws). All internal groups created and empowered by the Church shall be accountable 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 Southern Baptist churches. This church will cooperate with and support the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia and the Southern Baptist Convention.
In the event of liquidation or dissolution of the Church, all of its assets and property of every nature and description whatsoever shall be paid over and transferred at the direction of the Board of Directors to the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia.

ARTICLE IX
ADOPTION AND AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1 – ADOPTION

The Constitution and By-Laws shall require for adoption, three-fourths (3/4) of the votes cast by the members when presented for adoption, provided the following sequence of events has occurred:

  • Proposed document is made available to the Church in writing at a regular or properly called business meeting,
  • A formal presentation has been made to the Church with an opportunity to discuss any and all proposed changes. This presentation shall not occur less than 30 days from having been made available in writing (see above).
  • The vote shall be cast at a regular or properly-called business meeting at least 30 days after the formal presentation and discussion (see above). This vote shall be taken without further discussion.

SECTION 2 – AMENDMENT

The Constitution and By-Laws may be amended by three-fourths (3/4) of the votes cast by the members when presented, provided the following sequence of events has occurred:

  • Proposed amendment(s) to the Constitution or By-Laws have been submitted in writing to the Church Council,
  • Proposed amendment(s) have been reviewed by the Church Council and then made available to the Church in writing at a regular or properly called business meeting,
  • A formal presentation has been made to the Church by the Church Council with an opportunity to discuss any and all proposed changes. This presentation shall not occur less than 30 days from having been made available to the Church in writing (see above).
  • The vote shall be cast at a regular or properly-called business meeting at least 30 days after the formal presentation and discussion (see above). This vote shall be taken without further discussion.

BYLAWS

ARTICLE I – CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1 – QUALIFICATIONS

The membership of the Church shall be composed of persons who have accepted and confessed Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, have been baptized by immersion, and have affirmed the Church Covenant. Persons seeking to join this church must also satisfactorily complete the new member’s class.

SECTION 2 – RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS

Members are to be received by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the Church members voting when names are presented for membership.

Members may be received in any of the following ways:

  1. By expressing a personal faith relationship with Jesus Christ and being baptized by immersion under the authority of Kingsland Baptist Church.
  2. By transferring membership from another Southern Baptist Church. If a letter is not received within (60) days of request, the individuals may be accepted upon their statement of Christian conversion consistent with Section 3 below.
  3. By making a public statement of prior Christian conversion and baptism by immersion in another church of a like faith and practice. This method is used for individuals who demonstrate Christian behavior and beliefs and for whom no letter is obtainable.
  4. By being restored in accordance with Article I, Section 5 of these Bylaws.

SECTION 3 – DUTIES OF MEMBERS

In accordance with the duties enumerated in the Church Covenant, each member shall be privileged and expected to participate in and contribute to the ministry and life of the Church, consistent with God’s leading and with the gifts of time and material resources each has received from God. Only members in good standing, in accordance with the Church Covenant, of this congregation are permitted to serve on the committees and/or ministry teams of the Church.

Under Christ, this congregation is governed by its members. Therefore, it is the privilege and responsibility of members to attend all business meetings and vote on the election of officers, on decisions regarding membership status and on such other matters as may be submitted to a vote.

SECTION 4 – RIGHTS OF MEMBERS

Such members as are in good standing, in accordance with the Church Covenant, may act and vote in the transactions of the Church. Members under sixteen (16) years of age shall be ineligible to vote. All votes shall be decided by simple majority unless otherwise specified in the Constitution and/or Bylaws.

At the time of incorporation, all present members of the unincorporated entity known as Kingsland Baptist Church shall become active members of this church, upon affirming the Church Covenant and agreeing to be bound by the Articles, Constitution and Bylaws and Appendices of the new church corporation. No member of this church, nor any officer, nor any member of the Board of Directors, shall by virtue of such membership, office, or position, incur or be subject to personal liability to any extent for any indebtedness, obligations, acts or omissions of this Corporation.

Members shall be called to vote upon:

  1. Annual budget and any significant change in the budget during the year.
  2. Acquisition or sale of realty property and/or building projects and related indebtedness.
  3. Amendments to the Constitution and/or Bylaws of the Church as specified by the Constitution.
  4. Calling or removing a pastor as specified under Article II – Church Officers.
  5. Approving all leadership positions and service positions on an annual basis.
  6. Dissolving or disposing of all, or substantially all, of the Church’s assets. This vote should only occur after much debate and all other avenues of resolution have been explored. In the case of such a vote, a three-fourths (3/4) majority is required and the Church would vote to empower the Board of Directors to act per Constitution Article VIII.
  7. Any other major event or decision brought before the Church.

All votes of the Church will require a simple majority of fifty-one percent (51%) of the votes cast to be deemed passed unless otherwise specified in this document

SECTION 5 – DISCIPLINE OF MEMBERS

Church Discipline and Restoration – It shall be the practice of this church to pursue every reasonable measure for peace and reconciliation. Should one member sin against another member or the body of members (the Church), engage in unrepentant immoral conduct or unbiblical teaching, the aggrieved members shall follow in a tender spirit the rules given by our Lord and Savior in Matthew 18:15-17; 1closeMatthew 18:15-17 If Your Brother Sins Against You 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Matthew 18:1 Who Is the Greatest? 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” (ESV) closeMatthew 18:15-17closeMatthew 18:15-17 If Your Brother Sins Against You 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. (ESV) If Your Brother Sins Against You 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Matthew 18:1closeMatthew 18:1 Who Is the Greatest? 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” (ESV) Who Is the Greatest? 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” (ESV) Corinthians 5:9-13close1 Corinthians 5:9-13 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” (ESV) close1 Corinthians 5:9-13close1 Corinthians 5:9-13 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” (ESV) I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” (ESV) ; and 1 Thessalonians 5:12-14close1 Thessalonians 5:12-14 Final Instructions and Benediction 12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. (ESV) close1 Thessalonians 5:12-14close1 Thessalonians 5:12-14 Final Instructions and Benediction 12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. (ESV) Final Instructions and Benediction 12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. (ESV) . In the event of persistent, unrepentant sin, it also may become necessary privately or publicly to correct unrepentant church members. The Pastors and Deacons are available for counsel and guidance to the aggrieved members. Essential moral and biblical failure is required for church discipline. The purposes of such discipline should be for:

A. The repentance, reconciliation, and spiritual growth of the individual disciplined.

(Proverbs 15:5; 29:15; 1closeProverbs 15:5 A fool despises his father's instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
Proverbs 29:15 15 The rod and reproof give wisdom,
but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Proverbs 29:1 29:1 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be broken beyond healing. (ESV)
closeProverbs 15:5closeProverbs 15:5 A fool despises his father's instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is prudent. (ESV)
A fool despises his father's instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
Proverbs 29:15closeProverbs 29:15 15 The rod and reproof give wisdom,
but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. (ESV)
15 The rod and reproof give wisdom,
but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Proverbs 29:1closeProverbs 29:1 29:1 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be broken beyond healing. (ESV)
29:1 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be broken beyond healing. (ESV)
Corinthians 4:14close1 Corinthians 4:14 14 I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. (ESV) close1 Corinthians 4:14close1 Corinthians 4:14 14 I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. (ESV) 14 I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. (ESV) ; Ephesians 6:4; 1closeEphesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:1 Children and Parents 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (ESV) closeEphesians 6:4closeEphesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (ESV) Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:1closeEphesians 6:1 Children and Parents 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (ESV) Children and Parents 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (ESV) Timothy 3:4-5close1 Timothy 3:4-5 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? (ESV) close1 Timothy 3:4-5close1 Timothy 3:4-5 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? (ESV) He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? (ESV) ; Hebrews 12:1-11closeHebrews 12:1-11 Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Do Not Grow Weary Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (ESV)
closeHebrews 12:1-11closeHebrews 12:1-11 Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Do Not Grow Weary Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (ESV)
Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Do Not Grow Weary Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (ESV)
; Psalm 119:115; 141:5closePsalm 119:115 115 Depart from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commandments of my God.
Psalm 141:5 Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;
let my head not refuse it.
Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds. (ESV)
closePsalm 119:115closePsalm 119:115 115 Depart from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commandments of my God. (ESV)
115 Depart from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commandments of my God.
Psalm 141:5closePsalm 141:5 Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;
let my head not refuse it.
Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds. (ESV)
Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;
let my head not refuse it.
Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds. (ESV)
; Proverbs 17:10; 25:12; 27closeProverbs 17:10 10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding
than a hundred blows into a fool.
Proverbs 25:12 12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold
is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
Proverbs 25:27 27 It is not good to eat much honey,
nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory. (ESV)
closeProverbs 17:10closeProverbs 17:10 10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding
than a hundred blows into a fool. (ESV)
10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding
than a hundred blows into a fool.
Proverbs 25:12closeProverbs 25:12 12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold
is a wise reprover to a listening ear. (ESV)
12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold
is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
Proverbs 25:27closeProverbs 25:27 27 It is not good to eat much honey,
nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory. (ESV)
27 It is not good to eat much honey,
nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory. (ESV)
:5; Ecclesiastes 7:5closeEcclesiastes 7:5 It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise
than to hear the song of fools. (ESV)
closeEcclesiastes 7:5closeEcclesiastes 7:5 It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise
than to hear the song of fools. (ESV)
It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise
than to hear the song of fools. (ESV)
; Matthew 7:26-27; 18:15-17closeMatthew 7:26-27 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 18:15-17 If Your Brother Sins Against You 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. (ESV) closeMatthew 7:26-27closeMatthew 7:26-27 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (ESV) 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 18:15-17closeMatthew 18:15-17 If Your Brother Sins Against You 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. (ESV) If Your Brother Sins Against You 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. (ESV) ; Luke 17:3closeLuke 17:3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, (ESV) closeLuke 17:3closeLuke 17:3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, (ESV) Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, (ESV) ; Acts 2:40; 1closeActs 2:40 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” Acts 2:1 The Coming of the Holy Spirit 2:1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. (ESV) closeActs 2:40closeActs 2:40 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” (ESV) 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” Acts 2:1closeActs 2:1 The Coming of the Holy Spirit 2:1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. (ESV) The Coming of the Holy Spirit 2:1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. (ESV) Corinthians 5:5close1 Corinthians 5:5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. (ESV) close1 Corinthians 5:5close1 Corinthians 5:5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. (ESV) you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. (ESV) ; Galatians 6:1-5; 2closeGalatians 6:1-5 Bear One Another's Burdens 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load. Galatians 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (ESV) closeGalatians 6:1-5closeGalatians 6:1-5 Bear One Another's Burdens 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load. (ESV) Bear One Another's Burdens 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load. Galatians 6:2closeGalatians 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (ESV) Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (ESV) Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15; 1close1 Thessalonians 3:6 Timothy's Encouraging Report But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you— 1 Thessalonians 3:1 3:1 Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, (ESV) close1 Thessalonians 3:6close1 Thessalonians 3:6 Timothy's Encouraging Report But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you— (ESV) Timothy's Encouraging Report But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you— 1 Thessalonians 3:1close1 Thessalonians 3:1 3:1 Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, (ESV) 3:1 Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, (ESV) Timothy 1:20close1 Timothy 1:20 20 among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme. (ESV) close1 Timothy 1:20close1 Timothy 1:20 20 among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme. (ESV) 20 among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme. (ESV) ; Titus 1:13-14closeTitus 1:13-14 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. (ESV) closeTitus 1:13-14closeTitus 1:13-14 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. (ESV) 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. (ESV) ; James 1closeJames 1 Greeting 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Testing of Your Faith Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. 12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Hearing and Doing the Word 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (ESV) closeJames 1closeJames 1 Greeting 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Testing of Your Faith Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. 12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Hearing and Doing the Word 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (ESV) Greeting 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Testing of Your Faith Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. 12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Hearing and Doing the Word 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (ESV) : 22)

B. The instruction in righteousness and good of other Christians, as an example to them.

(Proverbs 13:20closeProverbs 13:20 20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (ESV)
closeProverbs 13:20closeProverbs 13:20 20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (ESV)
20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (ESV)
; Romans 15:14; 1closeRomans 15:14 Paul the Minister to the Gentiles 14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. Romans 15:1 The Example of Christ 15:1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (ESV) closeRomans 15:14closeRomans 15:14 Paul the Minister to the Gentiles 14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. (ESV) Paul the Minister to the Gentiles 14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. Romans 15:1closeRomans 15:1 The Example of Christ 15:1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (ESV) The Example of Christ 15:1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (ESV) Corinthians 5:11; 15:33close1 Corinthians 5:11 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 1 Corinthians 15:33 33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” (ESV) close1 Corinthians 5:11close1 Corinthians 5:11 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. (ESV) 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 1 Corinthians 15:33close1 Corinthians 15:33 33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” (ESV) 33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” (ESV) ; Colossians 3:16; 1closeColossians 3:16 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:1 Put On the New Self 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (ESV) closeColossians 3:16closeColossians 3:16 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (ESV) 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:1closeColossians 3:1 Put On the New Self 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (ESV) Put On the New Self 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (ESV) Thessalonians 5:14close1 Thessalonians 5:14 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. (ESV) close1 Thessalonians 5:14close1 Thessalonians 5:14 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. (ESV) 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. (ESV) (note- this is written to the whole Church, not just to leaders); 1 Timothy 5:20close1 Timothy 5:20 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. (ESV) close1 Timothy 5:20close1 Timothy 5:20 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. (ESV) 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. (ESV) ; Titus 1:11closeTitus 1:11 11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. (ESV) closeTitus 1:11closeTitus 1:11 11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. (ESV) 11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. (ESV) ; Hebrews 10:24-25closeHebrews 10:24-25 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV) closeHebrews 10:24-25closeHebrews 10:24-25 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV) 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV) )

C. The purity of the Church as a whole.

(1 Corinthians 5:6-7; 2close1 Corinthians 5:6-7 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 1 Corinthians 5:2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. (ESV) close1 Corinthians 5:6-7close1 Corinthians 5:6-7 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (ESV) Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 1 Corinthians 5:2close1 Corinthians 5:2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. (ESV) And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. (ESV) Corinthians 13:10close1 Corinthians 13:10 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. (ESV) close1 Corinthians 13:10close1 Corinthians 13:10 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. (ESV) 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. (ESV) ; Ephesians 5:27; 2closeEphesians 5:27 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (ESV) closeEphesians 5:27closeEphesians 5:27 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. (ESV) 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:2closeEphesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (ESV) And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (ESV) John 10closeJohn 10 I Am the Good Shepherd 10:1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” 19 There was again a spanision among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” I and the Father Are One 22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— 36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. 40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41 And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there. (ESV) closeJohn 10closeJohn 10 I Am the Good Shepherd 10:1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” 19 There was again a spanision among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” I and the Father Are One 22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— 36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. 40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41 And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there. (ESV) I Am the Good Shepherd 10:1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” 19 There was again a spanision among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” I and the Father Are One 22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— 36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. 40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41 And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there. (ESV) ; Jude 24closeJude 1:24 Doxology 24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, (ESV) closeJude 1:24closeJude 1:24 Doxology 24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, (ESV) Doxology 24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, (ESV) ; Revelation 21:2closeRevelation 21:2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (ESV) closeRevelation 21:2closeRevelation 21:2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (ESV) And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (ESV) )

D. The good of our corporate witness to non-Christians.

(Proverbs 28:7closeProverbs 28:7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,
but a companion of gluttons shames his father. (ESV)
closeProverbs 28:7closeProverbs 28:7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,
but a companion of gluttons shames his father. (ESV)
The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,
but a companion of gluttons shames his father. (ESV)
; Matthew 5:13-16closeMatthew 5:13-16 Salt and Light 13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (ESV) closeMatthew 5:13-16closeMatthew 5:13-16 Salt and Light 13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (ESV) Salt and Light 13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (ESV) ; John 13:35closeJohn 13:35 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (ESV) closeJohn 13:35closeJohn 13:35 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (ESV) 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (ESV) ; Acts 5:1-14closeActs 5:1-14 Ananias and Sapphira 5:1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him. After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. Many Signs and Wonders Done 12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. 13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, (ESV) closeActs 5:1-14closeActs 5:1-14 Ananias and Sapphira 5:1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him. After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. Many Signs and Wonders Done 12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. 13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, (ESV) Ananias and Sapphira 5:1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him. After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. Many Signs and Wonders Done 12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. 13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, (ESV) ; Ephesians 5:11; 1closeEphesians 5:11 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. Ephesians 5:1 Walk in Love 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (ESV) closeEphesians 5:11closeEphesians 5:11 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. (ESV) 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. Ephesians 5:1closeEphesians 5:1 Walk in Love 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (ESV) Walk in Love 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (ESV) Timothy 3:7; 2close1 Timothy 3:7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. 1 Timothy 3:2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, (ESV) close1 Timothy 3:7close1 Timothy 3:7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (ESV) Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. 1 Timothy 3:2close1 Timothy 3:2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, (ESV) Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, (ESV) Peter 2:2; 1close1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 1 Peter 2:1 A Living Stone and a Holy People 2:1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. (ESV) close1 Peter 2:2close1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— (ESV) Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 1 Peter 2:1close1 Peter 2:1 A Living Stone and a Holy People 2:1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. (ESV) A Living Stone and a Holy People 2:1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. (ESV) John 3:10closeJohn 3:10 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? (ESV) closeJohn 3:10closeJohn 3:10 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? (ESV) 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? (ESV) )

E. Supremely for the glory of God by reflecting His holy character.

(Deuteronomy 5:11; 1closeDeuteronomy 5:11 11 “‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. Deuteronomy 5:1 The Ten Commandments 5:1 And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the rules that I speak in your hearing today, and you shall learn them and be careful to do them. (ESV) closeDeuteronomy 5:11closeDeuteronomy 5:11 11 “‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. (ESV) 11 “‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. Deuteronomy 5:1closeDeuteronomy 5:1 The Ten Commandments 5:1 And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the rules that I speak in your hearing today, and you shall learn them and be careful to do them. (ESV) The Ten Commandments 5:1 And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the rules that I speak in your hearing today, and you shall learn them and be careful to do them. (ESV) Kings 11:2; 2close1 Kings 11:2 from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. 1 Kings 11:2 from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. (ESV) close1 Kings 11:2close1 Kings 11:2 from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. (ESV) from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. 1 Kings 11:2close1 Kings 11:2 from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. (ESV) from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. (ESV) Chronicles 19:2close1 Chronicles 19:2 And David said, “I will deal kindly with Hanun the son of Nahash, for his father dealt kindly with me.” So David sent messengers to console him concerning his father. And David's servants came to the land of the Ammonites to Hanun to console him. (ESV) close1 Chronicles 19:2close1 Chronicles 19:2 And David said, “I will deal kindly with Hanun the son of Nahash, for his father dealt kindly with me.” So David sent messengers to console him concerning his father. And David's servants came to the land of the Ammonites to Hanun to console him. (ESV) And David said, “I will deal kindly with Hanun the son of Nahash, for his father dealt kindly with me.” So David sent messengers to console him concerning his father. And David's servants came to the land of the Ammonites to Hanun to console him. (ESV) ; Ezra 6:21closeEzra 6:21 21 It was eaten by the people of Israel who had returned from exile, and also by every one who had joined them and separated himself from the uncleanness of the peoples of the land to worship the Lord, the God of Israel. (ESV) closeEzra 6:21closeEzra 6:21 21 It was eaten by the people of Israel who had returned from exile, and also by every one who had joined them and separated himself from the uncleanness of the peoples of the land to worship the Lord, the God of Israel. (ESV) 21 It was eaten by the people of Israel who had returned from exile, and also by every one who had joined them and separated himself from the uncleanness of the peoples of the land to worship the Lord, the God of Israel. (ESV) ; Nehemiah 9:2closeNehemiah 9:2 And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. (ESV) closeNehemiah 9:2closeNehemiah 9:2 And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. (ESV) And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. (ESV) ; Isaiah 52:11closeIsaiah 52:11 11 Depart, depart, go out from there;
touch no unclean thing;
go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves,
you who bear the vessels of the Lord. (ESV)
closeIsaiah 52:11closeIsaiah 52:11 11 Depart, depart, go out from there;
touch no unclean thing;
go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves,
you who bear the vessels of the Lord. (ESV)
11 Depart, depart, go out from there;
touch no unclean thing;
go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves,
you who bear the vessels of the Lord. (ESV)
; Ezekiel 36:20closeEzekiel 36:20 20 But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and yet they had to go out of his land.’ (ESV) closeEzekiel 36:20closeEzekiel 36:20 20 But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and yet they had to go out of his land.’ (ESV) 20 But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and yet they had to go out of his land.’ (ESV) ; Matthew 5:16closeMatthew 5:16 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (ESV) closeMatthew 5:16closeMatthew 5:16 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (ESV) 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (ESV) ; Job 15:8; 18:17, 25closeJob 15:8 Have you listened in the council of God?
And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
Job 18:17 17 His memory perishes from the earth,
and he has no name in the street. (ESV)
closeJob 15:8closeJob 15:8 Have you listened in the council of God?
And do you limit wisdom to yourself? (ESV)
Have you listened in the council of God?
And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
Job 18:17closeJob 18:17 17 His memory perishes from the earth,
and he has no name in the street. (ESV)
17 His memory perishes from the earth,
and he has no name in the street. (ESV)
; Romans 2:24; 15:5-6; 2closeRomans 2:24 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” Romans 15:5-6 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. (ESV) closeRomans 2:24closeRomans 2:24 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” (ESV) 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” Romans 15:5-6closeRomans 15:5-6 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV) May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:2closeRomans 15:2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. (ESV) Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. (ESV) Corinthians 6:14; 7:1close1 Corinthians 6:14 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 1 Corinthians 7:1 Principles for Marriage 7:1 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” (ESV) close1 Corinthians 6:14close1 Corinthians 6:14 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. (ESV) 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 1 Corinthians 7:1close1 Corinthians 7:1 Principles for Marriage 7:1 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” (ESV) Principles for Marriage 7:1 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” (ESV) ; Ephesians 1:4; 5:27; 1closeEphesians 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love Ephesians 5:27 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:1 Walk in Love 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (ESV) closeEphesians 1:4closeEphesians 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love (ESV) even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love Ephesians 5:27closeEphesians 5:27 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. (ESV) 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:1closeEphesians 5:1 Walk in Love 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (ESV) Walk in Love 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (ESV) Peter 2:12close1 Peter 2:12 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. (ESV) close1 Peter 2:12close1 Peter 2:12 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. (ESV) 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. (ESV) )

Procedures shall be in harmony with Matthew 18:15-17closeMatthew 18:15-17 If Your Brother Sins Against You 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. (ESV) closeMatthew 18:15-17closeMatthew 18:15-17 If Your Brother Sins Against You 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. (ESV) If Your Brother Sins Against You 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. (ESV) and Galatians 6:1closeGalatians 6:1 Bear One Another's Burdens 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. (ESV) closeGalatians 6:1closeGalatians 6:1 Bear One Another's Burdens 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. (ESV) Bear One Another's Burdens 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. (ESV) as is appropriate. Differences that cannot be resolved will be handled by the Deacons. Only after good faith efforts by the Deacons to bring about repentance and reconciliation have proven futile, shall the accused member be subjected to further church discipline by requiring a hearing before the Senior Pastor and the Deacons with notice of the charges and process. All church discipline will require a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the Senior Pastor and Deacons to discipline a member or to recommend to the Church the termination of membership of a member. If the Church member is disciplined by the Senior Pastor and the Deacons, all Biblical admonitions to bring about repentance and restoration of the disciplined member will be employed. If the Church member is voted dismissed by the Senior Pastor and the Deacons, this recommendation of dismissal will be brought before the Church body for a vote requiring a three-fourths (3/4) majority to dismiss the Church member.

Members disciplined or dismissed shall be restored to full membership privileges by the Senior Pastor and the Deacons according to the spirit of 2 Corinthians 2:7,8close2 Corinthians 2:7 so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 2 Corinthians 2:8 So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. (ESV) close2 Corinthians 2:7close2 Corinthians 2:7 so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. (ESV) so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 2 Corinthians 2:8close2 Corinthians 2:8 So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. (ESV) So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. (ESV) when their conduct is judged by the Senior Pastor and Deacons to be in accordance with the Statement of Faith, Church Covenant and Biblical repentance. If the dismissed member is voted reinstated by the Senior Pastor and Deacons, the recommendation will be brought before the Church body for a vote to reinstate the dismissed member. Votes for reinstatement of a member will also require a three-fourths (3/4) majority of the Senior Pastor and the Deacons for recommendation and of the Church for final reinstatement.

SECTION 6 – TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP

Membership shall be terminated in the following ways:

  1. Death of the member.
  2. Transfer to another Baptist Church.
  3. Removal by action of the Church.
  4. Removal upon request or proof of membership in a church of another denomination.

SECTION 7 – BIBLICAL SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES WITHIN OR AGAINST THE CHURCH

Any monetary or contractual dispute between members, staff, a member or staff and the Church or the Church and a third party vendor/contractor shall be resolved using, in order, the following process:

  • Christian conciliation consisting of both parties agreeing to meet and diligently discuss possible resolutions.
  • Christian mediation consisting of both parties agreeing to meet with mediators approved by both parties.
  • Legally binding Christian Arbitration.

Judgment upon an arbitration decision may be entered in any court otherwise having jurisdiction. Jurisdiction and venue shall be the county and state where the Church is located and Virginia law will apply to dispute. Members, pastors, staff or third party vendors/contractors shall understand that these methods shall be the sole remedy for any controversy or claim arising against the Church and expressly waive their right to file a lawsuit in any civil court against one another or the Church for such disputes, except to enforce an arbitration decision. Notwithstanding this above provision, to protect the Church and its members and under its risk policy procedures, the Church is required to maintain liability insurance. Therefore, this conflict provision is conditioned upon agreement by the Church’s insurers that, in light of the particular facts and circumstances surrounding the disputed matter, this provision, amid the process it establishes will not diminish any insurance coverage maintained by the Church. Moreover, the Arbitrators cannot adjudicate any issue that a civil court could not adjudicate due to jurisdiction based on religious liberty or Church autonomy issues unless the Church gives its written consent.

ARTICLE II – CORPORATE STRUCTURE

SECTION 1 – CORPORATE OFFICERS

The corporate officers shall consist of:

President (to be occupied by the Senior Pastor)
Secretary (to be occupied by the Church Clerk)
Treasurer (to be occupied by the Church Treasurer)
Chairman of the Board (to be occupied by the Deacon Chairman)

SECTION 2 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors shall consist of the Corporate Officers. The corporate powers of the Church shall be exercised by or under the authority of the Board of Directors. The powers, business and property, of the Church shall be exercised, conducted and controlled by the Board of Directors for the purposes of every effort to oversee the legal and corporate affairs of the Church, acting under the direction and with the approval of the Church in regards to all legal matters.

SECTION 3 – VACANCIES ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A vacancy on the Board of Directors because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification or any other cause shall be filled by nomination and election by the Church for the remainder of the term.

SECTION 4 – RESIGNATION AND REMOVAL

Any Board Member may at any time deliver a written notice of intent to resign to the Pastor, which shall be effective upon acceptance by the Board of Directors. Other than the Pastor whose removal is provided below, any Officer or Director may be removed at any time with or without cause when, in the sole judgment and discretion of the Board of Directors, it is so recommended by a three quarters (3/4) majority of the Board of Directors. In the case of the removal of a Board Member, the vote of the Board of Directors must then be ratified by a majority vote of the members at a duly-called meeting that such Board Member should no longer serve on the Board of Directors. In the event any Director is so removed, a new Director may be elected by majority vote to fill the vacancy at that same meeting or a meeting called for that purpose.

SECTION 5 – CONFLICTS OF INTEREST POLICY

The Board of Directors should adopt a Conflicts of Interest Policy, required by the IRS, which will provide for full disclosure of material conflicting interests by Board Members, Officers, or employees. This Policy shall permit the Board of Directors to determine whether the contemplated transaction may be authorized as just, fair and reasonable to the Church.

SECTION 6 – NO COMPENSATION FOR DIRECTORS

No salary or compensation shall be paid to any member of the Board of Directors in his/her capacity as member of the Board of Directors, but nothing herein shall be construed to preclude any Board member from serving the Church in any other capacity and receiving reasonable compensation. Moreover, the Board member may receive reasonable reimbursement for travel and other approved expenses upon request and written documentation.

SECTION 7 – QUORUM OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Two-thirds (2/3) of voting Board Members present at the beginning of a meeting shall constitute a quorum for purposes of transacting business at a meeting. Every action taken or decision made by a majority of the Board of Directors shall be deemed to be the act of the Board Members.

SECTION 8 – ACTION WITHOUT MEETING

Any action required or permitted to be taken by the Board Members may be taken without a meeting, if all of the Board Members, individually, or collectively, consent in writing to the action. Such action by written consent shall have the same force and effect as the unanimous vote of the Board Members. Such written consent or consents shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Directors.

SECTION 9 – MANNER OF ACTING

Except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, the act of the majority of the Board of Directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors.

SECTION 10 – PARTICIPATION BY CONFERENCE TELEPHONE

Members of the Board of Directors or of any committee thereof may participate in a meeting of such Board or committee by means of a conference telephone or similar communications equipment whereby all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other. Participation by such means shall constitute presence in person at such meeting. When such a meeting is conducted by means of a conference telephone or similar communications equipment, a written record shall be made of the action taken at such meeting, noting participation of those who were present by means of such communications equipment.

SECTION 11 – MINUTES

Minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors shall be recorded and taken by a secretary or clerk who shall have custody thereof and be responsible for circulating copies to the members in a timely manner.

SECTION 12 – TRANSACTIONS WITH INTERESTED PARTIES

A contract or other transaction between the Church and one or more of its Board Members, Pastors, Officers, or family members thereof (hereinafter “Interested Party”), or between the Church and any other entity, of which one or more of the Church or its Board Members, Pastors, or Officers are also Interested Parties, or in which entity is an Interested Party has a financial interest – shall be voidable at the sole simple majority election of the Church at a specially called meeting unless all of the following provisions are satisfied:

  1. The Church entered into the transaction for its own benefit;
  2. The transaction was fair and reasonable as to the Church, or was in furtherance of its exempt purposes at the time the Church entered into the transaction;
  3. Prior to consummating the transaction, or any part, the Board authorized or approved the transaction, in good faith, by a vote of a majority of the Directors then in office, without counting the vote of the interested Director or Directors, and with knowledge of the material facts concerning the transaction and the Interested Parties’ interest in the transaction; and
  4. Prior to authorizing or approving the transaction, the Board, in good faith, determined after reasonable investigation and consideration, that either the Church could not have obtained a more advantageous arrangement, with reasonable effort under the circumstances, or the transaction was in furtherance of the Church’s tax-exempt purposes.

Common or interested Board Members may not be counted in determining the presence of a quorum at a meeting of the Board (or a committee thereof) which authorizes, approves, or ratifies such contract or transaction. Notwithstanding the above, no loan shall be made by the Church to any of its Board Members, Officers, Pastors, or Members.

ARTICLE III – CHURCH OFFICERS

SECTION 1 – GENERAL

The officers shall be Senior Pastor, Pastoral Staff, Deacon Chairman, Clerk, and Treasurer. All officers are to be members in good standing, imitators of Christ’s conduct in their personal, family, professional, civic and Church life and obedient followers of Christ’s teaching.

SECTION 2 – SENIOR PASTOR

Qualifications: The Senior Pastor/overseer will meet the Scriptural qualifications as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7close1 Timothy 3:1-7 Qualifications for Overseers 3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (ESV) close1 Timothy 3:1-7close1 Timothy 3:1-7 Qualifications for Overseers 3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (ESV) Qualifications for Overseers 3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (ESV) .

Duties and Responsibilities: Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Senior Pastor is the spiritual and administrative leader of the Church. He is responsible for the effective and efficient supervision of all church functions as outlined in the personnel policies of the Church.

Calling a Senior Pastor: The Church will affirm God’s calling of a man to be the Senior Pastor (overseer) of this church at a church business meeting called specifically for this purpose. The purpose and date/time of this meeting must be announced at least on the preceding Sunday. Before a call is extended to a Senior Pastor, it is to be approved by three-fourths (3/4) of the members voting. The vote is to be by secret ballot. The Senior Pastor is to be called for an indefinite period.

When a vacancy in the Senior Pastorate occurs, the deacons will ensure that the pulpit is supplied until a Senior Pastor is secured. The Gifts Committee will promptly nominate a Pastor Search Committee to the Church. This committee will be representative of the Church body with not more than one person from any family and leaving sufficient leadership in the Church to carry on the necessary work. This committee will consist of not more than ten (10) members and of not more than two (2) deacons. The Pastor Search Committee is to agree 100% on any one candidate before recommending him to the Church.

Under no circumstances may the committee recommend to the Church more than one person at a time, and when the committee recommendation is before the Church for consideration no other nominations shall be entertained. Persons wishing to suggest a possible Senior Pastor may contact the Pastor Search Committee.

Resignation/Termination: If the Senior Pastor desires to resign, he is to give the Church at least thirty (30) days written notice. If the Church desires to terminate the services of the Senior Pastor based on conduct or doctrinal issues, the deacons will bring this recommendation before the Church. A three-fourths (3/4) majority of the members voting is required to terminate the services of a Senior Pastor. Further processes are as specified in the personnel policies of the Church.

SECTION 3 – PASTORAL STAFF

Qualifications: Each Pastoral Staff member will meet the Scriptural qualifications as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7close1 Timothy 3:1-7 Qualifications for Overseers 3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (ESV) close1 Timothy 3:1-7close1 Timothy 3:1-7 Qualifications for Overseers 3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (ESV) Qualifications for Overseers 3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (ESV) .

Duties and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Senior Pastor, each Pastoral Staff member is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of all assigned church functions as outlined in the personnel policies of the Church.

Calling a Pastoral Staff Member: When the need for a Pastoral Staff member occurs, the Gifts Committee, when directed by the Church, will nominate a Staff Search Committee to collaborate with the Senior Pastor in seeking and recommending a candidate. This committee will be representative of the Church body and will not have more than one person from any family and leave sufficient leadership in the Church to carry on the necessary work. This committee will consist of not more than ten (10) members and of not more than two (2) deacons. A candidate must be approved by the Senior Pastor and three-fourths (3/4) vote of the Staff Search Committee prior to being brought for consideration by the Church.

A Pastoral Staff member is to be called by a vote of the membership in business meeting, such call to be approved by at least three-fourths (3/4) of the members voting. The vote is to be by secret ballot. A Pastoral Staff member is to be called for an indefinite period of time.

Resignation/Termination: If a Pastoral Staff member desires to resign, he is to give the Church at least thirty (30) days written notice. If the Church desires to terminate the services of a Pastoral Staff member based on conduct or doctrinal issues, the deacons will bring this recommendation before the Church. A three-fourths (3/4) majority of the members voting is required to terminate the services of a Pastoral Staff member. Further processes are as specified in the personnel policies of the Church.

SECTION 4 – DEACON BODY

Qualifications: The current Deacons are required to examine all nominees against the duties and qualifications as outlined in 1 Timothy 3close1 Timothy 3 Qualifications for Overseers 3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. Qualifications for Deacons Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. The Mystery of Godliness 14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. 16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory. (ESV)
close1 Timothy 3close1 Timothy 3 Qualifications for Overseers 3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. Qualifications for Deacons Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. The Mystery of Godliness 14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. 16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory. (ESV)
Qualifications for Overseers 3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. Qualifications for Deacons Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. The Mystery of Godliness 14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. 16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory. (ESV)
prior to presenting them to the Church for election. These duties and qualifications of Deacons are pointed out and explained to all men and their wives before being asked to serve.

Duties and Responsibilities: The deacons will serve the Lord by conducting the caring ministry of the Church, serving the spiritual needs of the congregation, and freeing the Senior Pastor to focus on prayer and the ministry of the Word, thus facilitating the spread of the gospel and promoting unity within the Church.

Electing Deacons: The Senior Pastor and current active deacons shall determine the number of deacons necessary to serve the needs of the Church. Deacons shall be elected for a three (3) year term and shall have at least one year of inactive service between subsequent terms. Exceptions to the 3-year term must be approved by the Senior Pastor and the active chairman of Deacons.

The Senior Pastor and the Deacons will select the nominees to be presented to the Church for election as new Deacons.

The Deacon Chairman will act as an officer of the Church representing the Deacon Body.

Resignation/Termination: In the event a vacancy occurs in the Deacon Body, the Senior Pastor and Deacons shall present a nominee to the Church at a regular business meeting. Nominations may not be made from the floor. The Deacon elected shall complete the un-expired term of the man he replaces.

SECTION 5 – CLERK

The Church Clerk will be elected annually. The Clerk shall keep a complete record of the transactions at all business meetings of the Church, which shall be submitted for approval at the next regular business meeting. The Clerk shall preserve on file all communications and written official reports and handle correspondence as directed by the Church at business meetings.

(The Assistant Clerk will be elected annually. The Assistant Clerk shall serve in the absence of the Clerk and shall assist the Clerk in such manner as may be found necessary.)

SECTION 6 – TREASURER

The Church Treasurer will be elected for a three-year term. The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds allocated for the budget expenses of the Church. Adequate control procedures are to be followed. The Treasurer shall submit a written report at the regular church business meetings and Finance Committee meetings.

The Treasurer shall see that accurate records are kept of all individual contributions that can be identified and will issue financial statements to the members and other financial statements as are required.

(1) Budget: The Finance Committee shall prepare and submit to the Church for approval at the annual Budget Meeting an inclusive budget, indicating by items the amount needed and sought for expenses together with an annual strategic plan. The Church shall annually approve an operating budget which will be the basis for administering the funds of the Church.

(2) Accounting Procedures: All funds shall be counted and deposited as soon as practical. The Treasurer will account for the expenditure of all funds. Reports of receipts and expenditures shall be presented at the regularly scheduled business meetings and Finance Committee meetings.

(3) Fiscal Year: The fiscal year of the Church shall begin January 1 and end December 31.

(4) Financial Auditing: The financial records of the Church will be audited annually. The records may be examined by a team of members elected for such a purpose. Periodically (not to exceed once every 5 years), the financial records will be examined by an individual/company with no direct association with the Church.

(5) Endowments: Endowments may be established on behalf of the Church for the general purposes or for any special purpose of the Church.

(6) Designated Contributions: The Church may accept any designated contribution, grant, bequest or devise consistent with its general tax exempt purposes, as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation. As so limited, donor designated contributions will be accepted for special funds, purposes or uses as approved by the Church, and such designations generally will be honored. However, the Church shall reserve all rights, title and interest in and to and control of such contributions, as well as full discretion as to the ultimate expenditure or distribution thereof in connection with any funds (including designated contributions) to assure that such funds will be used to carry out the Church’s tax exempt purposes.

(7) Purchase or sale of property and borrowing: Neither officers nor agents of the Church may
purchase or sell real or personal property on behalf of the Church unless authorized by the
Church, and in cases of real property, the Members according to these Bylaws. Any
borrowing of money must be approved by the Church.

(8) Contracts. All contracts will be executed by the Church consistent with the provisions of the Church Operating Handbook.

SECTION 7 – CHURCH COUNCIL

The Church Council shall consist of Ministry Staff, Department Directors, Ministry Team
Directors, Committee Chairmen and the Deacon Chairman. The Church Council
will meet when called by the Pastor, and will study and plan with him and offer counsel to
him regarding the church program. The Pastor will serve as Chairman of the Council, and in
the absence of the Pastor, the Deacon Chairman will serve as chairman.

ARTICLE IV – COMMITTEES

SECTION 1 – STANDING COMMITTEES

Standing Committees are organized to facilitate the operations of the Church. The Senior Pastor is an ex-officio member of all Standing Committees.

Standing Committees can be added or deleted as the Church grows. The Church Council, after review, will present to the Church for final approval in either case.

Standing Committees are listed in the Church operations handbook, and are available to all Church members in good standing.

SECTION 2 – AD-HOC COMMITTEES

Ad-Hoc Committees are formed for specific purposes that come about as the Church approves for a specific limited need. Ad-Hoc committees remain in existence until the purpose or need for which the committee was formed is satisfied. (A Pastoral Search Committee is an example of an Ad-Hoc Committee.)

Ad-Hoc Committees are listed in the Church operations handbook, and are available to all church members in good standing.

SECTION 3 – COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Every person serving on a Standing or Ad-Hoc Committee must be a church member in good standing.

ARTICLE V – CHURCH MINISTRY TEAMS

SECTION 1 – GENERAL

The Church may establish Ministry Teams to accomplish the purpose and vision of the Church. Ministry Teams will be directed by either an assigned staff member or an elected Church member. The Church will provide resources as needed to achieve desired ministry outcomes.

Ministry Teams can be added or deleted as the Church grows. The Church Council, after review, will present to the Church for final approval in either case.

SECTION 2 – MINISTRY TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITIES

All Ministry Teams of the Church will accomplish assigned ministry goals under the direction of designated staff or laity. The organization, plans, objectives and measures for each Ministry Team will be documented in the Church Operating Handbook. Ministry Team directors shall be elected by the Church annually. Significant changes in ministry goals are subject to congregation affirmation. Church members will be recruited and affirmed by the Church to assume specific ministry responsibilities.

SECTION 3 – MINISTRY TEAM MEMBERSHIP

Every person serving on a Ministry Team must be a church member in good standing.

ARTICLE VI – MEETINGS

SECTION 1 – SERVICES

Worship services will be held each Lord’s Day and may also be held at other times.
A mid-week Prayer Service and Bible Study will be held on Wednesday evening.

SECTION 2 – REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING

The Senior Pastor will serve as moderator at all church business meetings. In the Senior Pastor’s absence, the Deacon Chairman will serve as moderator; in his absence the Deacon Vice-Chairman. No one is to act as moderator of a meeting during such times that matters of personal gain or loss to him or his family is being discussed or acted upon.

Church business meetings will be held quarterly, after providing the Church prior notice.

SECTION 3 – SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETINGS

Special business meetings will be called only for such matters that cannot wait for the regular business meetings. The reason for the meeting and items to be brought up will be announced when notices are given. No business will be transacted at such special meetings except that for which the meeting was called. Special business meetings of the Church may be called by:

  1. the Senior Pastor
  2. the deacons
  3. the Senior Pastor at the request of any committee of the Church
  4. the clerk upon written request of not less than thirty-five (35) members of the Church in good standing and fellowship.

SECTION 4 – BUSINESS MEETING REQUIREMENTS

Notice for regular or special business meetings will be publicly given at two regularly scheduled services prior to the meeting.

A quorum shall consist of the members present at a duly called business meeting to transact business.

Roberts Rules of Order, Revised, will be followed for parliamentary rules of procedure for all business meetings of the Church.

ARTICLE VII – GENERAL OPERATING PROCEDURES

SECTION 1 – CHURCH OPERATING HANDBOOK

The Kingsland Baptist Church Operating Handbook will contain any further operating procedures necessary for committees, departments and ministry teams within the Church. The operating procedures found within the handbook are to align with and support the overall Constitution and Bylaws of the Church.

Under the direction of the Pastoral Staff, all procedures in the Church Operating Handbook are to be reviewed and updated annually by the responsible leader of each organization. This review must be completed and submitted to the Church secretary before the end of January each calendar year.

SECTION 2 – USE OF PREMISES AND EQUIPMENT

Any usage of the buildings or premises must be submitted to the Church office for review and approval by the Senior Pastor and/or appropriate leadership as needed, consistent with the Church Operating Handbook.

It is not the Church’s policy to lend equipment or furniture, but for the convenience of its members, department directors or committee chairperson’s can make arrangements for the temporary use of assets under their control. The borrower will be solely responsible for any items borrowed until they are returned and condition verified by the director or chairperson responsible, consistent with the Church Operating Handbook.

SECTION 3 – SPECIAL OFFERINGS

Special offerings shall be limited to the annual offerings for International Missions, North American Missions, State Missions, Revival, Bible Conference, music ministry love offerings and such special needs as the Church Council shall approve.

SECTION 4 – FUNDRAISERS, PAID ENTERTAINMENT, ETC.

It is the Church’s policy not to hold any external fundraisers for any reason. Internal fundraisers may occasionally be held for special events (such as mission trips, youth camps, etc.) These must clearly be indicated and approved by the Church Council as such.

Any event taking place at the Church which requires a purchased ticket or suggested donation must be approved in advance by the Church Council. This would include (but not necessarily be limited to) events such as Christian music concerts, seminars, conferences, etc.

SECTION 5 – PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES

No alcohol, illegal drugs or other harmful substances shall be allowed on church property or at any church event.

ARTICLE VIII – INDEMNIFICATION

Any person made or threatened to be made a party to any action or proceeding, whether civil or criminal by reason of the fact that he or his testator is or was a member of the Board of Directors, Deacon or officer, employee or agent of the Church, may be indemnified by the Church, and the Church may advance his related expenses, to the full extent permitted by law. The Church may purchase and maintain insurance to indemnify: (a) itself for any obligation which it incurs as a result of the indemnification specified above; and (b) its Board of Directors, Deacons and officers.