ARTICLES OF FAITH
I. OF THE SCRIPTURES We believe that the Holy Bible was and is (a) verbally and plenarily inspired or God; (b) that it has truth without any admixture of error, that consequently it is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks; and, (c) 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 standard 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, 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 Ghost, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, and have so remained for us today in the English version commonly known as the King James Version (K.J.V.) or the A.V. 1611.
3. We believe that the K.J.V. is the true and faithful translation of providentially preserved texts and that it is, through the providence of God, preserved PERFECTLY for us today.
4. Therefore we hold that only the K.J.V. will be used by our Pastor, teachers and visiting preachers unless they are speaking to other than English speaking people.
(a) II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:19-21, (b) Psalms 119:105, 130, 160, John 17:17 (c) Psalms 119:89, Proverbs 30:5-6, Romans 3:4.
II. OF THE TRUE GOD
We believe that there is (a) one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; (b) inexpressible glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; (c) that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
(a) Genesis 17:1, Ex 20:2-3, I Corinthians 8:6 (b)Exodus 15:11m Revelation 4:11, I Timothy 1:17 (c) Acts 5:3-4, I Corinthians 2:10-11, Philippians 2:5.
III. OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
That the Holy Spirit is a divine Person; (a) equal with God the Father and (b) God the Son and (c) of the same nature; (d) that He was active in the creation; (e) that in His revelation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil One until the purpose of God is fulfilled; (f) that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel; (g) that He is the Agent in the new birth; (i) that He seals, endues, guides, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer,
(a) John 14:16-17 (b) Matthew 28:19 (c) Hebrews 9:14, John 14:26 (d) Genesis 1:1-3 (e) II Thessalonians 2:7 (f) John 16:8-11 (g) John 14:26-27 (h) John 3:5-6 (i) Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 4:30, I Peter 1:2.
IV. OF THE DEVIL, OR SATAN
We believe that Satan was once (a) holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and (b) drew after him a host of angels; that he is now (c) the prince of the power of the air, the unholy god of this world. (d) We hold him to be the great tempter of man (e) the enemy of God and His Christ; (f) the author of all false religions, (g) the power behind the present apostasy, destined however (h) to final defeat by the Son of God, and (i) to the judgment of eternal hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
(a) Isaiah 14:12-15 (b) Revelation 12:9, Jude 6 (c) I Thessalonians3:5 (d) I Peter 5:8 (e) I John 3:8, Luke 22:3-4 (g-i) I Corinthians 11:13-15, I John 2:22, Revelation 19:11, Revelation 20:1-3, Revelation 20:10
V. OF THE CREATION
We believe in the Genesis account of creation and accept it literally, not figuratively, that man was created directly by and in the image of God. That man is not the result of evolution, and that likewise all plants and animals were, and are, reproduced only “after their kind”.
(a) Genesis 1:1, Exodus 20:11, Acts 4:24, Revelation 10:6, Genesis 1:26-27, I Corinthians 11:7, Genesis 1:11, Genesis 1:24.
VI. OF THE FALL OF MAN
We believe (a) that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but (b) by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless state, (c) in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and (d) therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
(a) Genesis 3: 1-6, Genesis 1:24 (b) Romans 5:12 (c) Romans 3:10-19 (d) Romans 1:20-32, Galatians 3:22.
VII. OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH
We believe (a) that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner: (b) born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man ever was or shall be, and (c) that He is both the Son of God and God the Son.
(a) Genesis 3:15 (b) Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-24, Luke 1:35 (c) I John 5:20, I Corinthians 15:47.
VIII. OF THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN
We believe (a) that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; (b) through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, and by His death made full and vicarious atonement for our sins; (c) that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; (d) that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven, and is in every way qualified to be the all-sufficient Saviour.
(a) Ephesians 2:8-9 (b) John 3:16, Isaiah 53:4-7 (c) John 10:18, I Peter 3:18 (d) I Corinthians 15:20, Isaiah 53:12, Hebrews 9:12-15.
IX. OF GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION
We believe (a) that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; (b) that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; (c) that it is not a process but rather instantaneous; (d) that in the new birth the one dead in sins is given, by the free gift of God, eternal life; (e) that the new birth is brought about by (f) that the new birth brings with it fruit as evidence and that said fruit is not the cause of, but the result of salvation freely given In Christ Jesus.
(a) John 3:3 (b) II Corinthians 5:17 (c) Luke 5:27-28 (d) Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:1 (e) John 1:12-13, John 3:8 (f) Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 5:9
X. OF THE FREENESS OF SALVATION
We believe (a) that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; (b) that it is the duty of all to accept the free gift of God, and (c) that nothing in the world can keep the lost by rejecting the gift of God; and (d) that such rejection brings deserved damnation.
(a) I Thessalonians 1:4, Colossians 3:12, I Peter 1:2 (b) Matthew 11:28 (c) Isaiah 55:6 (d) John 3:13-15, John 3:18 & 36
XI. OF JUSTIFICATION
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to suck as believe in Him is justification; (a) that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on the principles of righteousness; (b) that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have dins; but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, His righteousness is imputed unto us.
(a) Acts 13:39, Isaiah 53:11, Zechariah 13:1, Romans 5:9 (b) Titus 3:3-5, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38
XII. OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe that repentance and faith are (a) solemn obligations, and (b) also inseparable graces, (c) wrought in the soul by the quickening Spirit of God; (d) 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; (e) at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all sufficient Saviour.
(a) Acts 20:21 (b) Mark 1:15 (c) Acts 2:37-38 (d) Luke 18:13, Romans 10:13, Psalms 51:1-4 & 7, (e) Luke 12:8, Romans 10:9-11
XIII. OF THE CHURCH
We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers (a) associated by a covenant or articles of faith and fellowship of the gospel; (b) observing the ordinances of Christ; (c) governed by His laws; and (d) exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; (e) that its officers of ordination are pastors or elders, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures; (f) we believe the true mission of the church is found in the commonly called “great commission”: first, to make individual disciples; second, to build up the church by baptizing these saved persons and third, to teach and instruct, as He commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order; (g) we hold that each church has absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individual or organizations; and that the one and only Superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Ghost; (h) 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; (i) on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the church is final. (j) That the only kind of church mentioned in the Bible is local and that like all other teachings contrary to the Bible, the teaching of a “universal church” or “invisible church” is heresy. We further believe that true churches today are known as Baptist churches and although all that claim to be Baptist are not, we do not recognize groups of believers known by other names, as being churches.
(a) Acts 2:41-42, (b) I Corinthians 11:2 (c) Ephesians 1:22-23, (d) Ephesians 4:11, I Corinthians 12:4 (e) Acts 14:23, Acts 6:5-6, Acts 15:23, Acts 10:17 (f) Matthew 28:18-20 (g) Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 8:23-24 (i) I Corinthians 6:1-3 (j) Acts 17:11 and every plain reference to “church” in the scriptures.
XIV. OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that Christian baptism is (a) immersion of a believer in water; (b) in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, with the authority of a Baptist church; (c) to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, with it’s affect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; (d) that it is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation and membership, which membership is a necessity before one can partake in the privilege of the Lord’s supper; (e) in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine (grape juice) are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; (f) preceded always by solemn self-examination.
(a) Acts 8:36-38, Matthew 3:6, John 3:23 (b) Matthew 28:19 (c) Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12 (d) Acts 2:41-42, Matthew 28:18-20 (e) I Corinthians 11:23-26 (f) I Corinthians 11:27-28
XV. OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
We believe (a) that only such are real believers as endure unto the end; (b) that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; (c) that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and (d) that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.
(a) John 8:31-32, Colossians 1:21 (b) I John 2:19, Matthew 13:19-21 (c) Romans 8:28-29, Matthew 6:30 (d) I Peter 1:5, Philippians 1:6, John 10:28-29, Romans 8:35-38
XVI. OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that (a) there is a radical difference between the righteous and the wicked; (b) that only such as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our Lord God, are truly righteous in His esteem; (c) while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are distinction holds both in this life and after death, in the everlasting contentment of the saved and the everlasting conscience suffering of the lost.
(a) Malachi 3:18, Genesis 18:23, Romans 6:17-18 (b) Romans 1:17, I Corinthians 15:22, Acts 10:43-35 (c) Romans 6:16, I John 5:19, Galatians 3:10, Romans 7:6 (d) Proverbs 14:32, Luke 16:25, Matthew 25:41-46
XVII. OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is (a) of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; (b) that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; (c) except in those things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ; (d) Who is the only Lord of the conscience, and coming Prince of the kings of the earth.
(a) Romans 13:1-3, II Samuel 23:3 (b) Acts 23:5, Matthew 22:21, Titus 3:1 (c) Acts 4:19-20, Acts 5:29 (d) Matthew 10:28, Matthew 23:10, Revelation 19:10
XVIII. OF THE RESURRECTION AND RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects as their face value. Of the resurrection, (a) we believe that Christ rose bodily “the third day according to the scriptures;” (b) that He ascended “to the right hand of the throne of God;” (c) that He alone is our “merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God;” (d) “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; (e) that the “dead in Christ shall rise first;” (f) that the living saints “shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;” (g) and that “Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until he hath put all enemies under His feet.”
(a) Matthew 28:6-7, Luke 24:39, John 20:27, I Corinthians 15:4 (b) Acts 1:9-11, Luke 24:51, Mark 16:19 (c) Hebrews 8:6, I Timothy 2:5, I John 2:1 (d) John 14:3, Acts 1:11, Matthew 24:27, (e) I Thessalonians 4:16, I Corinthians 15:42-44 (f) I Corinthians 15:51-53, I Thessalonians 15:25, Isaiah 32:1, Revelation 20:1-6
XIX. OF MISSIONS
We believe that (a) the commandment to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this commission was given to the church and inherited by every true church since the time of Christ.
(a) Matthew 28:18-20, John 20:21, Acts 1:8, Romans 10:13-15
XX. OF THE GRACE OF GIVING
We believe that (a) scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith, (b) we are commanded to bring our gifts into the storehouse (common treasury of the church) on the first day of the week, and (c) under grace we give, and do not pay the tithe. “Abraham gave the tenth of all” – “Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils” and this was four hundred years before the law, and (d) that such giving is confirmed in the New Testament by Jesus Himself.
(a) II Corinthians 8:7 (b) I Corinthians 16:1-2 (c) Hebrews 7:4 (d) Matthew 23:23
Constitution and By-Laws
ARTICLE 1: NAME
This organization shall be called Calvary Baptist Temple of Fort Collins, Colorado. The name BAPTIST is always to remain in the church name and not only as a “Baptistic work”. This is to ever remain a BAPTIST CHURCH.
ARTICLE 2: GENERAL ORGANIZATION
SECTION 1: PURPOSE
The purpose of this organization shall be for the preaching and teaching of the Word of God; the administration of the ordinances of the New Testament Church (baptism and the Lord’s supper); the spiritual improvement of it’s members; ministering to it’s own community; and the spreading of the gospel in all the earth.
SECTION 2: POLICY
The church shall be informal in ritual. It is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body. The church may fellowship and cooperate with other churches for the furtherance of the gospel when such church is in accordance with section 3.
SECTION 3: INSTRUMENTS OF GOVERNMENT
The Holy Bible (King James Version), Church Covenant, Articles of Faith, and this Constitution and By-Laws.
SECTION 4: FINANCES
The expenses of the church, including pastor’s salary, and all other expenses including missions support shall be raised through tithes, offerings and the sacrificial giving of God’s people. This church will not permit the raising of funds in other manners.
ARTICLE 3: OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH
SECTION 1: PASTOR
1) Qualifications – 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
The life of the pastor and his home should be an example of godliness and spirituality. They should not indulge in worldly or sinful practices which would rent or weaken the testimony of the church. No one who uses intoxicating liquors as a beverage, drugs other than medical, or tobacco in any form, or who belongs to a society, or who brings disrepute upon his ministry through sinful language, practice, or associations shall be considered for pastor or retained as pastor if such is persisted in. No person shall be connection with unscriptural alliances, i.e. The National Council of Churches, or any of it’s agencies, conventions, or other ecclesiastical body. No woman, nor any divorced person, nor man married to a divorced woman shall be considered for nor serve as pastor of this church.
2) Term of Office
The term of pastor shall be for an undesignated period. The pastorate shall terminate immediately upon the refusal of the pastor to affirm the Articles of Faith.
It shall be the duty of the pastor to preach regularly at the church, administer the ordinances, and perform the various duties incumbent of his office. He shall be the moderator at the church and preside at all of it’s business meetings. He shall be exofficio member of all committees and organizations, which includes the privilege of voting. The pastor is in charge of the pulpit and responsible for all services and church supplies. He may appoint someone in his absence, (vacations, leave, away meetings, etc.).
4) Calling the Pastor
When the pulpit becomes vacant, or the pastor unable to conduct business because of accident or injury, the church shall proceed without any unnecessary delay to secure a new pastor or to conduct essential business in the following manner:
a. The men of the church shall act as “pulpit committee” or bring recommendations to the church.
b. A prospective minister shall then be prayerfully sought and carefully interviewed by the pulpit committee. After it is determined that he believes in all the Articles of Faith and meets all requirements, he may be invited to preach as a candidate for pastor.
c. It shall be announced in at least one regular meeting previous to the voting that the intent is to vote on a pastoral candidate.
d. A 75% vote of the members present shall be necessary to call a pastor.
e. After a pastor is called the pulpit committee is dissolved.
SECTION 2: DEACONS
1) Qualifications – I Timothy 3
Both the man and his wife must meet the qualifications of I Timothy 3. The life of a deacon and his wife should be a good example. They should not indulge in worldly or sinful practices which would tend to weaken the testimony of the church. No one who uses intoxicating liquors as a beverage, drugs, other than medicinal tobacco or who belongs to any subversive organization; or who brings disrepute upon the church by sinful practices, language or associations shall be considered for nor retain the office or deacon, nor will be retain the position if his wife fails in these areas. In keeping with the Scriptures, gossiping, tattling, backbiting, undermining, holding grudges, uncontrolled temper, etc. are unbecoming a deacon or deacon’s wife and shall be considered grounds for dismissal. Faithfulness to all services is expected and except where it is unavoidable each deacon and household will be at all services. No woman will be considered as a candidate for deacon.
2) Term of Office
The term of a deacon shall be for one year. Upon the approval of the church, he may serve additional terms. No man will be considered as a deacon who does not have the support of the Pastor.
It shall be the duty of a deacon, aside from appointed tasks, to assist the pastor in the building up of the church, numerically, financially, and spiritually; to visit the sick, sorrowing, and needy; to personally strive to won people to Jesus Christ, to guard the reputation of the church and pastor; to help with the physical repair, cleaning and upkeep of the buildings, buses, etc.
4) Procedure of selection of deacons
When qualified men are available, deacon(s) are selected as follows:
a. The men shall serve as a nominating committee.
b. Six weeks prior to the time of voting, the church members will be given a list of all male members 21 years of age and older who meet the requirements of a deacon and are also willing to serve in this position. Each member will be asked to vote for a predetermined number of men. The men receiving the most votes will become deacons. Those voting will be 16 years of age or older.
c. In the event unqualified men are not available there will be no deacon(s).
d. No man will become a deacon nor remain a deacon without the support of the pastor. It may be necessary for the pastor to show Biblically why such a man is not qualified.
SECTION 3: TREASURER
The treasurer shall be nominated by the pastor and presented to the church for a final vote. His term of office shall be one year. Following such term he may or may not be reappointed for further terms. It shall be his duty to receive all monies and to keep accurate accounts of the spending of such. At all times there shall be at least two other men to help with the counting and accounting of monies so as to not allow our good to be evil spoken of. There shall be furnished to the membership, regular reports and/or financial statements. All spending is to be approved by the pastor.
SECTION 4: CLERK
The clerk shall be nominated by the pastor for the approval by the church. It shall be the duty of the clerk to maintain an accurate record of all members, issue letters upon approval of the church, and to keep records of all business meetings.
SECTION 5: TRUSTEES
The men of the church shall be the trustees and shall contract all legal business of the church.
SECTION 6: OFFICES
All offices of the church, teachers, song leaders, etc. shall be members and in agreement with the articles of faith, the constitution and the pastor. These people are to live exemplary Christian lives, dedicated to Christ.
ARTICLE 4: BUSINESS MEETINGS & VOTING
One annual business meeting will take place. Special meetings may be called by the pastor at needed times. Any meeting for major business (the selling or buying of property, dismissing members, etc.) must be announced 2 weeks in advance.
Only active members 16 years old and older are permitted to vote.
A quorum shall consist of those present at the business meeting with the exception of article 10, which requires 75% of the total qualified voters of the church.
A simple majority of those present may conduct business, except where otherwise stated, (article 3, section 4 and article 10).
In the event an amendment should ever be added to change the church covenant or the articles of faith or this constitution, not in accordance with article 10, all properties, monies, and valuables of Calvary Baptist Temple shall be given to the Independent Baptist Missionaries last supported by the church. It is understood that the items themselves and not the value of shall be given to the missionaries.
ARTICLE 5: PROPERTY OF THE CHURCH
All properties and valuables acquired by purchase or donation will become the property of Calvary Baptist Temple.
No property or valuables will be bought, sold, mortgaged or given away without the consent of the church.
ARTICLE 6: RECEIVING MEMBERS
Any person professing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, giving evidence of regeneration, and accepting the articles of faith and the church covenant may, upon baptism, be received into the church.
Members of other Baptist churches, having Baptist baptism, may be received into the church by presenting; 1) a letter from said Baptist church; 2) by a statement of faith and Baptist baptism. It is understood that no person can be received into the church without a statement of salvation and Baptist baptism, either at the time or previously.
ARTICLE 7: DISMISSING MEMBERS
By granting letters to (only) other Baptist churches.
By action of the church according to Matthew 18:16-18 because of sinful practices. Members dismissed for sinful living can be reinstated upon public apology and reaffirmation of their intent to abide with the spirit of the covenant and this constitution and by-laws.
By action of the church if the member is known to be dead, to have joined another church or if there has been a written request from the member that his name be dropped from the membership.
By purging: Members willingly absenting themselves from services for a period of three months, and who do not stay in contact with the church, giving acceptable reason for such absence, i.e. prolonged illness, etc. shall be dealt with in accordance with article 7, section 2.
ARTICLE 8: MEMBERS DUTIES
It shall be the duty of each member to be familiar with the church covenant and to strive to maintain the practices stated therein.
ARTICLE 9: MISSIONS
This church shall support only independent Baptist missionaries (not schools). The individual missionary will be decided upon by vote of the church.
ARTICLE 10: AMENDMENTS
Believing this to be based upon the unchangeable written Word of God, amendments would rarely be necessary. Only amendments that will provide this constitution with greater clarity to the literal, plenary interpretation of the Word of God (A.V. 1611 King James Version) will ever be considered. All amendments must carry the support of the pastor and 100% approval of those members present which are eligible to vote, said members present representing at least 75% of the possible voting members of the church.
ARTICLE 11: DISBANDING (CLOSING THE DOORS)
If at any time the Calvary Baptist Temple shall cease to exist, should disband, or reorganize, it is to fall under the provision of article 4, section 5 and all of it’s properties, monies and valuables are to be given to the last Independent Baptist Missionaries it has supported. Such items cannot be given to another church, not even a reorganized Calvary Baptist Temple.