ATLANTA PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH


I PURPOSE

The purpose of the Atlanta Primitive Baptist Church shall be to bear witness to the Lordship of Jesus Christ for his praise to be accomplished through:


1. Making God known through Jesus Christ and his message of reconciliation;

2. Offering Christian fellowship and concern;

3. Leading people into God's presence in a worshipful community;

4. Providing such education, training and opportunity for service as is necessary for realizing the fullness of Christian Discipleship.

5. Seeking through cooperation with others to extend the kingdom of God throughout the earth; and

6. Endeavoring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:3.


II ARTICLES OF FAITH

We, do, hereby, subscribe to the following declaration of faith.

FIRST: We believe in one true and living God: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; these Three are One, and are harmoniously equal in infinite power, wisdom, justice, holiness, mercy, love, and truth. (1 John 5:7)

SECOND: We believe that God created man good, able to stand but liable to fall, and that man fell from this pure estate and brought himself under condemnation and that man is wholly unable to deliver himself from this condition. (I Corinthians 15:22; Romans 3:10; John 6:44 - Read the description of the unregenerate man; Romans 3:10-20; also I Corinthians 2:14)

THIRD: We believe that God chose a people unto salvation, or eternal life, and that this choice was eternal, particular, and unconditional. (Ephesians 1:4-5; John 10:27-29; John 6:39-44; II Timothy 1:9)

FOURTH: We believe that God was in Christ and that, by the sacrifice of Jesus, all whom God chose unto salvation were forever redeemed from the curse of the law and made righteous in Him. (Hebrews 2:13-15; Ephesians 1:6; Colossians 2:10; Romans 8:29)

FIFTH: We believe that all who were redeemed by the Son will, in time, be effectually called by the Holy Spirit, born again, and made partakers of the Divine nature. (John 6:37; Ephesians 2:1; I Corinthians 6:14)

SIXTH: We believe that all who are regenerated (effectually called) will be finally saved. Not one can be lost. (John 1:28-29; Psalm 37:28)

SEVENTH: We believe that the bodies of all men will be resurrected from the grave, and that the joys of the righteous will be eternal and that the punishment of the wicked will be everlasting. (John 5:28-29)

EIGHTH: We believe that all who are called of God are under obligation to do good works and that in the keeping of His commandments there is a great reward. (Ephesians 2:10)

NINTH: We believe that Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of the Church and that believers are the only proper subjects for Baptism, that immersion is the only mode, and that none except those who have been regularly baptized are admitted in the Communion Service. We also believe that the washing of the saints’ feet is an example of love and humility which should be practiced by the members of our Church. (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; I Corinthians 11:24-29; Acts 8:36-38; John 13:1-17)

TENTH: We believe that the Church is the highest ecclesiastical authority on earth, subject alone unto God for all her acts and that her form of government is congregational, each member having an equal voice in all her acts. (Colossians 1:18)

ELEVENTH: We believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the inspired Word of God, (of which we consider the King James Translation to be the best), and that they alone are to govern God's people, both in faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

TWELFTH: We believe that marriage is to be between one man and one woman; neither is it to be lawful for any man to have more than one wife, nor for any woman to have more than one husband at the same time. We believe all marital relationships, other than that authorized in the scriptures between one man and one woman, to be sinful and against the law of God. (Genesis 2: 24; Malachi 2:15; Matthew 19:5-6; Leviticus 18:1-30; Genesis 2:18; Genesis 1:28; I Corinthians 7:2,9; Hebrews 13:4; I Timothy 4:3; I Corinthians 7:39; Nehemiah 13:25-27; Mark 6:18; I Corinthians 5:1)

We also refer to Chapter 25 of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith for further reference.

III CHURCH COVENANT

We solemnly promise that we will be faithful in the study of God's Word and in prayer and that
we will attend all our Church meetings when possible to do so, and we will labor united and
zealously for the Master's cause, and seek at all times His Glory and the advancement of His Kingdom,
that we will strive daily to crucify the flesh and live such lives that we may be a light
unto the world and show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His
marvelous light. We promise that we will ever labor for the peace and fellowship so necessary
for the best interest of the Church, making whatever personal sacrifice that may be necessary and
that we will lovingly watch over each other for good, and whenever any shall go astray, either in
faith or practice, we will kindly lovingly and faithfully seek to save such a one from the error of
his way that he may enjoy richly the blessings of God's house and the joy of salvation, and that
none of God's children be lost to our cause. We promise to contribute freely and liberal of our
carnal things for the support of the Church, and that each give as the Lord has prospered
him, that our Ministry may give themselves wholly to the work whereunto God has called them.
And for Grace to enable us to so live and labor we do most earnestly pray.

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