what we believe

Constitution of

 

GRACEPOINT CHURCH GALLATIN

Approved May 24, 2009
Ammended June 14, 2009

FOUNDATIONAL SCRIPTURE

"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;"

1 Peter 2:9 NKJV

PREAMBLE

 

We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith and to govern our local body of believers in an orderly manner.

 

 

ARTICLE I

 

 NAME AND NATURE

 

This local body of Believers shall be known as the GracePoint Church Gallatin .

GracePoint Church Gallatin is a New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ, created by Him for a unique ministry to each other, to the people of Sumner County and to the world. Our body is united by our beliefs and purposes: We are committed to proclaiming the Gospel to unbelievers; dedicated to discipling believers; and devoted to living holy lives as evidence of God's transforming power.

 

ARTICLE II

 

ARTICLES OF FAITH

 

PREFACE

Our congregation is a "whosoever will" church in its interpretation of matters relating to salvation (Romans 10:13). Nothing contained herein will be interpreted contrary to that fundamental perspective of the Word.

We adhere to and teach…

…the one doctrine of grace perfectly articulated in the Scriptures (Ephesians 2:8)

…that if saved, a person"s salvation is secured unto eternity (Ephesians 1:11-14)

…the context of the two clearly defined periods of God"s rule:

(1) the time of preaching the law and the prophets, and

(2) the age of proclaiming the Kingdom of God (Luke 16:16).

We are dedicated to introducing all men to Jesus Christ with the intent that they might be born again (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8). Likewise, we are committed to teaching Believers how they might live as a holy people -- in order to glorify God, to edify the Body, and to evidence the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to the world (1 Peter 1:14-16; Colossians 1:28; Ezekiel 36:23 & Acts 2:42-47).

I. OF THE SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standards by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried.

1.  By "The Holy Bible" we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which as originally written does not only contain and convey the Word of God but IS the very Word of God.

2.  By "Inspiration" we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

 

  II. THE TRUE GOD

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God -- an infinite intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth who is inexpressibly glorious in His holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; and that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

FATHER -- Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 eter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.

SON -- Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

HOLY SPIRIT -- Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14,16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.

   

III. THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the Creation, and in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; and that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.

SEE ABOVE, also [Person] Ephesians 4:3 -- Romans 8:27 (mind); 1 Corinthians 12:11 (will); Acts 13:2; 16: 6,7, 10 (speaks); Psalm 139:7; Matthew 3: 16.17; 28:18-20; Hebrews 9:14; Acts 5:3,4; (deity); [Work/Salvation] Isaiah 59:19 (protects); John 16:8; Acts 24:25; 26:28; (convicts) ; John 3:3-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17 (regenerates); Ephesians 1:13-14 (secures); [Work/Christian living] 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 3:16 (indwells); Ephesians 5:18 (fills); Romans 5:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:13 (sanctifies); Galatians 5:22, 23 (produces fruit); Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11; Ephesians 4; 7-12; 1 Corinthians 7:7; 1 Peter 4:10; Ephesians 4:12, 13; Revelation 4:11 (imparts gifts).

IV. OF THE DEVIL OR SATAN

We believe that Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors, but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, he fell and drew after him a host of angels; and that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man's great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power of the present apostasy, the lord of the Antichrist and the author of all the powers of darkness -- destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God's Son and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.

Genesis 3:1-7,15; 1 Samuel 16:14; 1 Chronicles 21:1; Job 1:9; 2:4, 5, 7; Isaiah 14:12-20; Ezekiel 28:14-19; Zechariah 3:1; Matthew 4:1-11; 12:24; 13:19; 25:41;Mark 3:27-28; 4:15; Luke 4:6-8; 8:29; 10:18; 13:16; 22:3, 31; John 8:44; 12:31; 13:2, 27; 14:30; Acts 13:10; Romans 16:20; 2 Corinthians 2:11; 4:4; 6:15; 11:3,14, 15; Ephesians 2:2; 6:11-16; 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4; 1 Timothy 3:6, 7; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8, 9; 1 John 2:13; 3:10; Revelation 9:11; 12:7-9, 10, 11; 20:2, 7, 8, 14.

  V. OF THE CREATION

We believe in the Genesis account of creation; that man was created directly in God's own image and after His own likeness; and that man's creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or developments through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms.

Genesis 1:26-41, 2:7, 15-17, 18-25; Psalm 8:4-9; Psalm 139: 14-16; Matthew 25:46; Revelation 4:11.

 

VI. OF THE FALL OF MAN

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but by choice, and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11; Hebrews 2:14-18.

   

VII. OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman; and that He is both the Son of God, and God the Son.

Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Jeremiah 23:30; Matthew 1:16-23; Luke 1:26-38; 46-55; 3:23-38.

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11; Hebrews 2:14-18.

   

VIII. OF THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of Jesus, the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His perfect obedience and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but in the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place -- the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; and that having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.

Leviticus 16:27, 29-30; 17:11; 23:27-28; Romans 5:11; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Hebrews 9:22

ALSO...[Death] Genesis 2:16-17 (physical soul from body); Romans 6:23 (spiritual-permanent separation from God); Romans 3:23, 5:12; [cf. Isaiah 59:2 & Romans 14:23] (sin); 1 John 3:16, 4:10; Hebrews 9:14; Philippians 2:5-8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 53:6 Matthew 20:28; Acts 2:23 [Christ's sinlessness] 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15, 7:16; 1 Peter 2:22; [Propitiation] Numbers 5:8; Psalm 130:4; Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:2; 3:5; 4:10; [Mercy] Exodus 25:21-22; Leviticus 16:2, 13-14; Psalm 86:5; 130:7; Luke 18:13; Hebrews 9:5, 12; [Substitution] Genesis 22:1-13; Isaiah 53:4-6; Matthew 20:28; Luke 22:19-22; John 6:51; 10:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:3-4; 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 5:2, 25; 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18; [Reconciliation] Isaiah 59:2; Romans 5:7, 8, 10, 11; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 1:20, 21; Hebrews 9:22; [Redemption] Leviticus 25:27, 48; Ruth 4:4-6; John 19:30; Galatians 3:13; Ephesians 1:7; 2:10; Colossians 1:14; Titus 2:11-14; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 1:5; 5:9.


IX. OF GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Jesus Christ; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.

John 3:3-21; 5:24; 6:44-47 (esp. v. 45); Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 2:8; James 2:22; 1 Peter 1:14; 2 Peter 1:5; 1 John 2:2

ALSO… Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-8; 1 Samuel 8:4-7,19-22; Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 31:31ff.; Matthew 16:18-19; 21:28-45; 24:22,31; 25:34; Luke 1:68-79; 2:29-32; 19:41-44; 24:44-48; John 1:12-14; 6:65; 10:27-29; 15:16; 17:6,12,17-18; Acts 20:32; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-39; 10:12-15; 11:5-7,26-36; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 15:24-28; Ephesians 1:4-23; 2:1-10; 3:1-11; Colossians 1:12-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2:10,19; Hebrews 11:39;12:2; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:2-5,13; 2:4-10; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:19; 3:2.

X. OF THE FREENESS OF SALVATION

We believe in God's electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel, which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.

Ezekiel 18:23, 32; John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:15; 1 Timothy 2:3-4, 5-6; Titus 2:11; Hebrews 2:9; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2; 4:14; ALSO… Mark 16:15 and Acts 1:8.

XI. OF JUSTIFICATION

We believe that the great Gospel which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; and that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works or righteousness which we have done, but that solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood, His righteousness is imputed unto us.

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.

 

XII. OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH

We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations and also inseparable graces wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; and that thereby being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of Salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy -- at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.

SEE REFERENCES ABOVE

XIII. OF THE CHURCH

We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, being governed by His laws and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word. Its officers of ordination are pastors (or elders) and deacons -- whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the Church is found in the Great Commission: First, to make individual disciples; Second, to build up the Church; Third, to teach and instruct as He commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations, and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; and that on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.

Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 10:25; 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3; 22:17.

XIV. OF BAPTISM

New Testament baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience, not a condition of salvation or cleansing, symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior and the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus as Lord. It is a testimony to his or her faith in the final resurrection of the dead. New Testament baptism is a prerequisite for membership in this body of believers.

Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 19:1-7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 1:14-17; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21.

XV. OF THE LORD'S SUPPER

We believe the Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the ecclesia (not limited to the local body of believers), through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of our Lord Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming.

Exodus 12: 1-14, 21-28; Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 21; 11:23-29. ALSO…[Examination] 1 Corinthians 11:34…and…John 1:9; Romans 12:1; Matthew 5:23-24.

XVI. OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS

We believe that true believers endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.

John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; 17:12; Romans 8:38; Ephesians 1:13; 2 Timothy 1:12.

XVII. OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that those who through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem while all who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and that this distinction holds among men both in and after death -- in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious sufferings of the lost.

Matthew 25:1-30; Galatians 5:19-21; 22-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:2-22; Revelation 3:5; 20:12, 15.

[Wheat] John 6:37-40; 17:12; ALSO… Romans 8:38; 2 Timothy 1:12; John 10:27-30.

[Tares] 1 John 2:19; Hebrews 6:4-6 (read in context of Hebrews 10); 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; ALSO… 1 Timothy 1:1; 2 Peter 2:20-22.

XVIII. OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society and that magistrates are to be prayed for and conscientiously honored and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and is the coming Prince of the kings of earth.

Exodus 13:21-22; 1 Samuel 8:10-22; Matthew 6:24; 22:15-22; Acts 4:19-20; 5:29; Romans 13:1-3; Philippians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; 1 Peter 2:12-17

 

XIX. OF THE RESURRECTION AND RETURN OF CHRIST AND RELATED EVENTS

We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures at their face and full value. Of the resurrection, we believe that Christ arose bodily "the third day according to the Scriptures"; that He ascended "to the right hand of the throne of God"; "That this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven" -- bodily, personally and visibly; that the "dead in Christ shall rise first"; that the living saints "shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump"; "that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David"; and that "Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until he hath put all enemies under His feet. "

1 Corinthians 15:4; Hebrews 8:1; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Luke 1:32; Acts 2:34; 1 Corinthians 15:25.

Matthew 24; 25:31-46; Mark 8:38; Luke 16:19-26; 17:22-37; John 14:1-3; Acts 17:31; 2 Corinthians 5:10.

XX. OF MISSIONS

We believe that the command to take the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this commission was given to the Church.

Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-6; Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 4:19; 9:37-38; 10:5-15; 13:18-30, 37-43; 16:19; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20; Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53; John 14:11-12; 15:7-8,16; 17:15; 20:21;

Acts 1:8; 2; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2-3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 3:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2; 1 Peter 2:4-10; Revelation 22:17.

XXI. OF THE GRACE OF GIVING

We believe that God's method of financing His work (the spreading of the Gospel to all nations, the care of the churches, and the support of the ministry) is by the tithes and offerings of His people; that the time to tithe is upon the first day of the week; that everyone is accountable to the Lord to be a responsible steward of all his or her possessions; and that the tithe is an expression of stewardship instituted long before the law was ever given and was practiced by the early church.

  Genesis 14:20; Exodus 30:13-15; Leviticus 27:30-32; Deuteronomy 8:18; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 6:1-4,19-21; 19:21; 23:23; 25:14-29; Mark 12:41-44; Luke 12:16-21,42; 16:1-13; Acts 2:44-47; 5:1-11; 17:24-25; 20:35; Romans 6:6-22; 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 6:19-20; 12; 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8-9; 12:15; Philippians 4:10-19; 1 Peter 1:18-19.


ARTICLE III

OBJECTIVES & CORE VALUES

 

Section 1. Objectives

1. To proclaim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior through worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, ministry and prayer, and to honor Christ above all else.

2. To share the Christian Gospel with every person in order to help them understand and know God personally as He is revealed through Jesus Christ both in the Bible and our personal experience.

3. To assist individuals and families to grow to maturity in the Christian life.

4. To be a community of Christians providing comfort, edification, acceptance, forgiveness, and strength to all with the material and spiritual resources God has placed at our disposal.

5. To extend our lives as an ecclesia (called out people), witnessing throughout the world in accordance with the Great Commission, to places where Christians, the Christian faith, and its interpretation need our assistance.

 

Section 2. Core Values

1.  Worship

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." (Deuteronomy 6.5)

"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." (Romans 12.1-2)

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10.31)

2.  Evangelism

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria , and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1.8)

 

3.  Discipleship

"He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love." (Ephesians 4.11-16)

"You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." (2 Timothy 2.1-2)

4.  Fellowship

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved." (Acts 2:42-47)

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 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." (Hebrews 10.23-25)

5.  Ministry

"All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Corinthians 5.18-21)

6.  Prayer

"Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." (1 John 5:14-15)

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (2 Chronicle 7:14)

 

ARTICLE IV

GOVERNANCE

 

Section 1. Structure

The government of this congregation is vested in Jesus Christ our Lord and is entrusted to His body, the local church. The structure is expressed through the pastors, deacons and members who compose GracePoint Church Gallatin. It is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body. However, this church will cooperate with and support the Southern Baptist Convention and the affiliated state convention and local association.

Section 2. Doctrine

GracePoint Church Gallatin receives the Scriptures as its authority in matters of faith and practice. We are in agreement with the Baptist Faith & Message most recently approved by the Southern Baptist Convention, but our Articles of Faith define in more detail our understanding of what the Bible teaches about 21 specific issues of doctrine and shall constitute what we teach from the pulpit and in our ministries regarding these matters of faith.

Section 3. Covenant

PREFACE

In the spirit of love, we have banded together to comprise a local expression of the body of Christ, which is the body of those on whom the call of God rests to witness to the grace and truth of God.

Because we believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, we will seek to bring every phase of our lives under His Lordship.

We unreservedly and with abandon dedicate our lives and destiny to Christ, promising to give Him priority in all the affairs of life. We will seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.

We believe that God is the total owner of our lives and resources and that includes the material aspects of our lives. Because God is a lavish giver we too will be lavish and cheerful in our tithes and offerings.

We will work to become informed, mature Christians, regardless of the demands of time, energy, and money.

We will seek to be Christ-led in all relations with our fellowmen, with other nations, groups, classes, and races.

We will watch over one another in brotherly love; pray for each other; and aid one another in sickness and distress.

We recognize that the function of this body of believers is to glorify God in adoration and sacrificial service, and to be God's missionaries in the world, bearing witness to God's redeeming grace in Jesus Christ.

 Accordingly, the members of GracePoint Church Gallatin make the following covenant one with each other.

 

  COVENANT

1.  WE COMMIT AS A BODY … TO HONOR GOD AS THE UNIQUE PEOPLE HE HAS JOINED TOGETHER FOR THE UNIQUE PURPOSE HE HAS CHARGED TO US IN THIS UNIQUE PLACE OF MINISTRY TO A COMMUNITY AND TO THE WORLD. (Ezekiel 36:23 & 1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 4:11-16; Acts 2:42-47; Matthew 28:18-20 & Acts 1:8)

2.  … TO PROTECT THE UNITY OF GRACEPOINT CHURCH GALLATIN

· By acting in love and respect toward other members (Matthew 5:21-26, 38-48; 25:31-46; John 13:34-35 ; Romans 12:5; 15:14, 17; Ephesians 4:1-6)

· By discussing any issue with the person involved and not gossiping (Matthew 18:15-20; Romans 14:19; 1 Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:29-32)

· By supporting GracePoint Church leaders without neglecting to give proper council as guided by Scripture and the Holy Spirit (1 Kings 12; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; Hebrews 13:17)

   

3.  … TO SHARE IN THE OUTREACH RESPONSIBILITY OF GRACEPOINT CHURCH GALLATIN

· By praying for its growth (Ephesians 3:16)

· By inviting the un-churched to attend and warmly welcoming those who visit (Luke 14:23; Romans 15:7)

· By sharing the Gospel of Salvation with the lost (Mark 16:15)

   

4.  … TO SERVE THE MINISTRY OF GRACEPOINT CHURCH GALLATIN

· By discovering and developing my gifts and talents (1 Peter 4:10)

· By being available to serve where gifted (Ephesians 4:11-12)

· By developing a servant's heart (Philippians 2:4)

 

5.  … TO SUPPORT THE TESTIMONY OF GRACEPOINT CHURCH GALLATIN

· By attending Bible Study and worship services faithfully (Hebrews 10:25)

· By living a godly life; avoiding lifestyles, behaviors and practices contrary to God's divine plan (Philippians 1:27a)

· By giving of my tithes and offerings regularly (1 Corinthians 16:2)