Believing that we have been led by the Holy Spirit to join ourselves together for the strengthening of our individual spirit lives, for sharing with each other in worship and praise of God, and for furthering the gospel of Christ in this community and throughout the world, we therefore proclaim and acknowledge our corporate existence through the adoption of this Constitution.
This body shall be known as The First Baptist Church of Quitman, Georgia.
The purpose of this church shall be to maintain the public worship of God; to win the lost to Christ; to exemplify the standard of Christian living and ministry proclaimed in the New Testament; to teach and nurture disciples toward Christian maturity; and to cooperate in spreading the gospel throughout the world.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and we accept it as the basis of our faith. We believe that Baptism and The Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances proclaimed for us by the New Testament, and that the baptism of the New Testament is by immersion. We believe that every Christian has the obligation to witness for Christ.
Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord and, on 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 engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of, and use of, intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
This church is an independent and autonomous body and is subject to no other ecclesiastical organization in any matter. This church will cooperate on a voluntary basis with other Baptist churches of like faith and order through Conventions, Associations, and other organizations.
The Constitution may be amended by a 3/4 vote of those voting in a regular business meeting or in a special business meeting called for specific purpose of amending the Constitution and/or By-Laws. Proposed amendments must be made available in writing to the church membership at least one month prior to the vote, and announcement of the upcoming vote will be made regularly through the church newsletter and from the pulpit during this one month period.