Thursday, January 10, 2008

Constitution Highlights

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

We, the members of the Church of Christ, desiring to manifest the unity which we have with one another in our common confession of our Lord Jesus Christ unite in the adoption of the following Constitution, and do solemnly pledge ourselves, before God and before one another, to be governed by its provisions.

Confession of Faith

Section 1: This congregation believes and confesses that the Holy Scriptures, that is, the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, are the Word of God, revealed for the salvation of man and hence the only source and rule of faith, doctrine, and life.

Section 2: This congregation receives and adheres to the Apostolic, the Nicene, and the Athanasian creeds, the unaltered Augsburg Confession and Luther's Small Catechism. Nothing contrary to these confessions shall be taught in the congregation either in preaching or in the instruction of the young.

Purpose of this Congregation

Section 1: The purpose of this congregation shall be by means of the Word of God and the Sacraments to work for the establishment and extension of the Kingdom of God. The congregation shall seek to attain this end by the private use of the Word of God, public services and congregational meetings.

Section 2: The congregation shall seek to attain this end by exhorting its members to cultivate family worship, so that the Word of God may dwell richly within the membership; and to be diligent in good works so that the life of faith may be strengthened and the Kingdom extended.

Section 3: The purpose of this congregation shall be to band together, hold property, engage pastor(s), build a church, and in any and all other ways promote the Kingdom of God on earth in accordance with the confessions of Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.

It shall be the duty of each member:

(a) To lead daily a life which is consistent with his status as a child of God; to show all men by word and deed that he is a follower of Jesus Christ;

(b) To read and give attention to the Word of God, both at home and in the church;

(c) To join in worship regularly with those of common faith;

(d) To seek often the forgiveness, the strengthening, and the guidance which Christ bestows on His own in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

(e) To provide for and encourage the Christian training and education of the young;

(f) To contribute of his means, as God has prospered, toward the maintenance of the church and its programs and toward the reduction of any indebtedness of the congregation;

(g) To participate in a responsible and active way in the government of the congregation; to attend the congregational business meetings; to render service whenever possible;

(h) To notify the Pastor if he is ill or is otherwise desirous of a pastoral call.

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