Calvary Bible Baptist Church of Barrow, Alaska - Burdens are lifted at calvary
We the members of Calvary Bible Baptist Church, of Barrow, Alaska, do hereby adopt the following Constitution which is based on Biblical principles. This constitution is not intended to augment the Word of God. It is simply a review of the truths found in God’s Word concerning the beliefs and Governance of this local Church. Its purpose is to keep before this congregation the doctrines, methods, procedures, and organizations as taught in God’s Holy Word. With this as a guide, we as a Church shall by God’s grace endeavor to practice New Testament Christianity.
The Church shall be known as Calvary Bible Baptist Church, of Barrow, Alaska. The first service was held in the Barrow Teen Center under the direction of Reverend Nick Serino. The service was held May 12, 1988.
We believe the Church is God’s chosen instrument for reaching a lost and dying world with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We do that through regular church services, outreach ministries in our community, and by supporting and praying for world missions.
We believe the Church is to believe, to preach, to teach, and to live the Word of God. We hold church services, promote systematic Bible Study, and encourage Godly living.
We promote Christian fellowship and friendship in the family of God: We encourage prayer one for another: We promote fellowship in purpose and ministry as we seek to edify one another, and reach our community with the truth of God’s Word.
All of our good works are focused on seeing that God is glorified. We believe the greatest good we can do is to reach people with the saving message of God’s grace. We seek through our ministries to see the lost come to know Jesus Christ; and the saved grow in grace and truth.
For Our Great God
In all we do we seek to be obedient to God the Father: we seek to lift up and honor Jesus Christ, the Son of God; and we seek to be led by the Holy Spirit of God.
Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We believe the Holy Scriptures, being the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament from Genesis to Revelation, to be the verbally inspired Word of God written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. The Scriptures are without error, infallible and God breathed, and therefore are the complete and divine Revelation of God to man, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. We furthermore believe the translation of the King James Version of the Bible is the only authoritative and preserved Word of God in the English language. (II Sam. 23: 2; Josh. 1:8; Psalms 119:105; Prov. 30: 5 - 6; II Peter 1: 19-21; II Tim. 3:15-17; Psalms 12: 6-7; Daniel 10:21).
2. OF THE TRUE GOD
We believe in one Triune God, the living and true God, the Creator and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth, eternally existing in three persons, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each Co-eternal in being, Co-identical in nature, Co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections, and executing distinct but harmonious offices. (Matt. 3: 16-17; 28:19-20; II Cor. 13: 14; Deut. 6:4).
3. OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
We believe in the absolute Deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; That He is the Second Person of the Godhead; that He is the only begotten Son of God, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of Mary, a virgin, sinless in His life and nature, ever obedient to the Father; That in his vicarious death He made full and complete payment for the sins of the world; That He was buried and arose bodily from the grave the third day according to the Scriptures; That He showed Himself alive after His bodily resurrection by many infallible proofs, and that He ascended into heaven and even now is seated at the Father's right hand as our great High Priest and only mediator. (John 3:16; Luke 1: 35; Matt. 1:21-23; Hebrews 5:8; I Peter 3:18; Rom. 5:11; I Cor. 15:3-4; John 2:19-21; Acts 1:3; I Peter 3:22; Hebrews 4:14; I Timothy 2:5).
4. OF 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; That in His relation to the unbelieving world He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; That He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; That He convicts of sin, judgment and righteousness; That He is the agent in the New Birth; That He seals, endues with power, guides into all truth, teaches, witnesses to our salvation, sanctifies, comforts, and helps the believer. (John 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-14; Matt. 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; Luke 1:35; John 3:5-6; Genesis 1:1-3; Acts 5:30-32; Acts 14:24; Rom. 8:14-16).
5. 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 of women. Jesus Christ is both the Son of God and God the Son. (Luke 1:46-47; Genesis 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Luke 1:26-38; Matt. 1:23).
6. OF MAN AND HIS FALL
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that in Adam’s voluntary sin the human race fell, he inherited a sinful nature and brought upon himself and all mankind, not only physical death, but eternal and spiritual death and became alienated from God. We believe that because of sin, man is a complete ruin and failure, apart from the Lord Jesus Christ; That all human beings are born with a sinful nature and that in the case of those who reach the age of moral responsibility and accountability, they then become sinners in thought, word and deed and therefore under just condemnation without defence or excuse. We believe to die in this condition is to be damned forever and forever without hope, which is the second death. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:15-17; 3:1-13; Psalms 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Rom. 1:18-32; 3:9-23; 5:10-19; John 8:21; II Thess. 1:8-9; Revelation 20:15).
7. OF SALVATION
8. OF ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE SAVED
We believe that all who receive Christ as Saviour, by faith, are born again and are eternally secure in Christ; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation and can never be lost. (John 3:16; John 5:24; John 6:37-40; John 10:27-30; John 11:25, 26; John 17:9-12; Rom. 8:23-39; II Timothy 1:12; I Peter 1:5; Jude 24).
9. OF CREATION
We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally; That man was created directly in God's own image and after His own likeness; That man's creation was not a matter of evolution (atheistic or theistic) or evolutionary changes of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; That all animal and vegetable life was made directly by God, and God's established law was that they should bring forth only "after their kind". We believe that all things were created by the Lord, and for His pleasure they are and were created. (Genesis 1-2; Colossian 1:16-17; John 1:1-3; Rev. 4:11).
10. OF THE DEVIL, OR SATAN
We believe in a personal Devil, Satan, who is thoroughly wicked and proud; That he was a created Cherubim, who once was without sin and enjoyed heavenly honours, but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of Angels; That he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him out to be man's great tempter, the enemy of the Godhead, the hinderer of the Gospel, the accuser of the Saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power behind the present apostasy; the lord of the Antichrist and the author of all the powers of darkness; he is destined to final defeat at the hands of God's own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (Isa. 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Job 1, 2; Matthew 4:1-8; Luke 22:31-32; John 8:44; I Peter 5:8; Eph. 2:2; 6:11; Revelation 12:4; 20:10).
11. OF THE RESURRECTION AND RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ rose bodily from the grave, was seen by hundreds, rose into heaven, and now sits on the right hand of the Father. We believe in that "blessed hope", the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel.(Psalm 89:3-4; Dan. 2:31-45; 9:24-27; Zech. 14:4-11; I Cor. 15:50-54; I Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18).
12. OF HEAVEN AND HELL
We believe that Heaven and Hell are actual literal places, prepared by God as the abodes of the saved and lost; That all those who die without Christ are eternally lost, and following the Great White Throne judgment shall abide forever in the lake of fire. That those who are saved by Christ shall abide forever in the blessedness of Heaven. (John 14:1-3; Luke 16:19-31; Matt. 25:41; 10:28; Mark 9:44; Rom. 6:16-23; Rev. 20:15; 22:1-5).
13. OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe in the importance of the local church and that it is an assembly of Born Again Baptised Believers united in organisation to practise New Testament ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, to meet together for worship, prayer, fellowship, preaching, teaching, and a united testimony and to actively engage in carrying out the Great Commission. We believe in the independence and autonomy of the local church, and that no religious hierarchy has any scriptural grounds to dictate and run the affairs of the church. (Matt. 16:18; Acts 13:1-3; 14:21-23; I Cor. 11:2; 12:12-13; Eph. 4:11-16; Colossians 1:18; I Timothy 3:1-15; Hebrews 13:7, 17; I Peter 5:1-4).
OF THE LORD'S SUPPER
14. OF SEPARATION AND SANCTIFICATION
We believe in Bible separation; That is, to be set apart from the evil of this world and set apart to the glory of God and His service; That any thought, word or deed that would hurt the cause of Christ and His Church is sinful and should be dealt with immediately and put away from the lives of each member. We believe that we're called with a holy calling to walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:16, 19-21; II Cor. 2:15-17; 6:14-17; I Thess. 5: 22; I Cor. 8:9, 13; 10:31-33; Colossians 3:5-10; I John 2:15-17).
15. OF MISSIONS
We believe it is each Christian's privilege and responsibility to be a witness for Christ in life and in Word. We believe every Christian should seek to lead others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. We believe that the command to give the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable, and this commission was given to the Church. (Acts 1:8; 13:1-5; Rom. 10:13-15; Mark 16:15; Matt. 28:18-20). We believe that missions is not only soul winning, but also discipleship. (Matt. 28:20; Acts 20:27-35).
16. OF THE GRACE OF GIVING
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to them, is obligated to support their local church with their tithes and offerings, and that giving should increase annually. We believe Christians should give Liberally, Because of Christ's love for us, Sacrificially, For the ministry, Bountifully, Sincerely, Willingly, To prove our love, You reap what you sow, Cheerfully, Thankfully, For God's glory. (Genesis 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Malachi 3:10-12; Matt. 23:23; Luke 6:38; Acts 4:34-37; I Cor. 16:1-3; II Cor. 8 & 9; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; I Tim. 6:17-18; I John 3:17).
17. OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: (1) the home; (2) the Church; and (3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other; We therefore believe in the separation of the Church from political and state and entanglements; We recognise that civil government is of Divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society, however, the home, the Church and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom. 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13-14; Acts 4:19-20; 5:27-29; Daniel 3:17-18; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb.13:17).
ARTICLE V - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1--The Biblical requirements for membership in this local Church are:
Section 2 – Reception of Members. Candidates for membership may be presented to the church in the following ways:
Candidates for church membership shall give a personal testimony of their Christian experience and desire to live for Christ in keeping with the convictions of the church in a manner suitable and approved by the pastor and this congregation.
ARTICLE VI - OFFICERS
SECTION 1 – Pastor:
SECTION 2 -- Deacon:
SECTION 3- Financial Secretary
The pastor and deacon board may appoint from the membership a Financial Secretary to assist and record all incoming money. The Financial Secretary shall keep a duplicate record of all receipts.
Article VII- Committees and Meetings
SECTION 1 - PULPIT COMMITTEE
SECTION 2. - BUSINESS MEETINGS