Church Covenant & Articles of Faith
Stephenville Primitive Baptist Church

Church Covenant

We who become members of this Church, holding the doctrine set forth in the articles of faith, and agreeing with each other to such practice as is taught in the scriptures:

Do solemnly covenant together to meet as a Church of Jesus Christ and to treat each other as brethren according to the law of love so strongly emphasized by the Great Head of the Church:

To pray for each other, to watch over one another, and if need be in the most tender and affectionate manner, to reprove one another. That is, if we discover anything amiss in a brother, to go and tell him his faults according to the 18th chapter of Matthew, and not be whispering and back biting,

We also agree, with God's assistance, to attend Church meetings and not absent ourselves from the communion of the Lord's Supper without a lawful excuse;

To be ready to contribute to the defraying of the Church expenses and for the support of the ministry;

Not irregularly departing from the fellowship of the Church, nor removed to distant Churches without regular dismission.

These things we do covenant and agree to observe and keep sacred in the name of, and by the assistance of, God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen

Articles of Faith

Inasmuch as the Almighty God by His Grace has been Pleased to call us out of darkness to His Marvelous light and having been baptized upon a profession of our faith in Christ; we feel it is our duty to set forth our principles in the following abstract.

We believe in only one true and living God, Son and Holy Ghost and that such Trinity existed in the body of Christ - for in him dwelleth the God Head bodily and that there are not three Gods, but only one God.
John 1:1
Matt. 28:19

We believe in the corruption of human nature and the impotency of man to recover himself from the fallen state he is in by his own will and ability.
Rom. 5:15-19
Is. 64:6

We believe that the Old and New Testaments of the Bible were written as the Holy Ghost moved the people writing and that they are the only right rules of faith and practice.
2Tim. 3:16-17

We believe in the fall of Adam and that by his transgressions all his posterity were made sinners.
1 Cor. 15:22
Rom. 3:23
Rom. 5:17
Rom. 5:12

We believe sinners are justified in the sight of God by the righteousness of Jesus Christ and imputed to them and that good works are the fruit of the Holy Spirit showing our faith and our evidence of the Grace of God toward us.
James 1:17
Rom. 3:24-25

We believe Jesus Christ is the head of the body or church and the government thereof is with the body.
Col. 1:18
Eph. 4:15-16

We believe in election according to the foreknowledge of God the Father through Sanctification of the Spirit.
Rom. 8:28-30
1Pet. 1:2

We believe in the preservation of the Saints through Grace and none of them shall be lost.
John 6:37-40
Eph. 2:8-9

We believe the visible church of Christ is a congregation of men and women, having been called and brought near to Him and willingly became disciples of the gospel.
John 6:37-39
1Pet. 1:2-5
Rom. 8:31-39
John 10:28-29

We believe in baptism by immersion and that believers are the only fit subjects and that dipping (plunging) is the only Gospel mode and only by proper administrator.
Acts 2:41
Acts 8:36-37
Gal. 3:27

We believe that baptism, the Lord's Supper and washing the feet of the Saints are ordinances in the Church to be continued until the Second Coming of Christ and only orderly baptized believers have a right to the Lord's Communion table.
John 13:12-14
Matt. 26:26-28

We believe in a Judgment to come; that the happiness of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will be everlasting.
Matt. 25:46
John 3:15

We believe the Lord's day ought to be set apart. No worldly business to be done, only work of piety or necessity.
Ex. 20:8

We believe the worldly institutions are the works of men and we declare Non-Fellowship for them.

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