New Hampshire Confession of Faith
I. Of the Scriptures
We believe the Bible as originally written is verbally inspired and written “holy men of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”; that it is without any admixture of error; that it is the only complete and final revelation of God’s will; and that by it alone human conduct, creeds and opinions shall be determined.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; John 17:17; 1 Peter 1:23
II. Of the True God
We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God, and infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressively glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the God-head 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.
Exodus 20:2-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11; 1 John 5:7
III. Of the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person, co-eternal and co-equal with the Father and Son; that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment; that He regenerates all who believe in Christ, and that He baptizes, seals, fills, teaches, endues, guides, witnesses, helps and sanctifies the believer.
Matthew 28:19; John 18:8-11; John 3:5-6; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14; John 15:26-27
IV. Of the Devil or Satan
We believe in the personality of Satan who was once one of God’s highest created beings; that through pride and ambition he fell; that he is now the malignant “prince of the power of the air” and the unholy god of this world; that he is the implacable enemy of God and His Son, Jesus Christ, and the accuser of the brethren; that he is the author of all false religions; that he is destined to final defeat at the hands of Jesus Christ, and that he shall be cast into the lake of fire forever and ever.
Ezekiel 28:14-17; Isaiah 14:12-15; Ephesians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:10; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-11; Revelation 20:10
V. Of the Creation
We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man came by the direct creation of God, in His own image.
Genesis 1 & 2; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3
VI. Of the Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, by choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 5:19; Romans 5:12; Romans 5:10-19; Romans 1:18,32
VII. Of the Virgin Birth
We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or ever can be born of a woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God, the Son.
Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14
VIII. Of the Atonement For Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace (Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24) 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, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins (John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53:4-7; Romans 3:25; 1 John 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21). His atonement consisted not in setting an example in His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree (John 10:18; Philippians 2:8; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18; Isaiah 53:11; Hebrews 2:2). Having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and all-sufficient Savior.
IX. Of the Resurrection, Personal; Visible Pre-Millennial Return of Christ, and Related Events
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ (Matthew 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6), the Ascension (Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 12:2), the High Priesthood (Hebrews 8:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 5:9-10), the Second Coming (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; James 5:8; Hebrews 9:28), the resurrection of the righteous dead (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44; 1 Corinthians 15:52), the change of the living in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20-21), the throne of David (Luke 1:32; Isaiah 9:6-7; Acts 2:29-30), and His Reign of Earth (1 Corinthians 15:25; Isaiah 32:1; 11:4-5; Psalm 72:8; Revelation 20:14; 20:6)
X. Of Grace in the New Creation
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous, that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 16:30-33; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8
Xl. Of Justification
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification: that Justification includes the pardon of sin and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the redeemer’s blood.
(Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; Zechariah 13:1; Romans 8:1; 5:1,9)
XII. Of Repentance and Faith
We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations (Acts 20:21), and inseparable graces (Mark 1:15) wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God (Acts 2:27-38). 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 (Luke 18:13; Romans 10:13; Psalm 51:1-4; 51:7; Isaiah 55:6-7), at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all sufficient Savior (Luke 12:8; Romans 10:9,10).
XIII. Of the Security of The Saints
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6; John 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1
XIV. Of Heaven and Hell
We believe in a heaven of eternal bliss for the saved and a hell of conscious suffering for the lost.
John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:3-4; Revelation 20:11-15
XV. Of Baptism and The Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of a Church membership. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Acts 8:36-39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28
XVI. Of the Local Church
We believe the local Church should be a congregation of immersed believers; that its standard of faith and practice is found in the Word of God alone; that the true mission of the Church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all as we have opportunity; that the local Church has the sole right of self-government; and that in all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline and benevolence, the will of the local Church is final.
Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 11:2; Matthew 28:18-20; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23-24; 1 Peter 5:1-4
XVII. Of Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society (Romans 13:17; 2 Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21-22); that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed (Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13-14,17); except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 5:29; Acts 4:19-20; Daniel 3:1 7-18), the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth (Matthew 10:28; Matthew 28:10; Revelation 10:16; Philippians 2:10-11; Psalm 72:11)
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
THE RIVERSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
Adopted by unanimous vote – September 20, 1953 at the organization of the Riverside Baptist Church and the calling and acceptance of the Pastor, Dennis J. Brown, D.D.
NAME: The name of this organization shall be the Riverside Baptist Church. This Church will always remain an Independent Baptist Church. In the event of re-organization, a new Church name must be adopted. It is imperative that 99% of the active membership approve any such re-organization.
COVENANT: 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 Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, Angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant one with the other, 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 of holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship1 ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the Minister, the expenses of the Church, and the relief of the poor, and spreading of the gospel through all the nations. We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of 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 use and sale of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Saviour. We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Saviour, to secure it without delay. We also 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.
DOCTRINE: We accept the Scriptures as our authority in matters of faith and practice, and adopt the New Hampshire confession of faith as our interpretation of Bible Doctrine.
Section 1: Any person may be received by baptism on professing saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Section 2: Persons may be received on their Christian experience providing they have been baptized according to the doctrine of this Church.
Section 3: Membership in this Church may be dissolved by letter of dismissal of sister Baptist Churches, by dropping from the Church roll, or by exclusion because of refusal to walk with the Church or by death.
Section 4: Any person professing faith in the Lord Jesus agreeing to uphold the doctrines and principles of this Church may be received into its membership. Any resident of the Church who neglects to attend the services of the Church for six months, or for the same length of time refuses to contribute his tithes to the support of the Church shall be urged by the deacons to return to duty. If he fails to do this his name shall be presented to the Committee for dismissal.
OFFICERS: The Officers of the Church shall be:
Section 1: A Pastor, who shall be called by a three-fourths vote of the active members present at a meeting called for this purpose and announced in the church services the Sunday previous A Pastor who shall be called by a three-fourths majority of the membership to serve the Church an indefinite period, not to be elected each year as other officers, since there is no scripture to support such teaching. Moses led God’s people for forty years. If it becomes necessary to have an election of pastor because he fails to perform his duties or to live godly, or to act in any way that is not becoming for a Christian Pastor to act, a signed petition naming another pastor which members may care to run is presented. The name of such a pastor to be presented to the Deacons will be presented three months before the annual election, with at least one hundred names on a petition or one-half of the membership of the Riverside Baptist Church. No members participate in such an election who have not been active in the Church for the past three months preceding the election. In no other way or form can any other pastor contest the present pastor. In case of death or resignation of the Pastor, the Deacons shall call several preachers that the congregation may hear them speak and know their form of teaching. Then the said Deacons may submit to the congregation one man to be voted upon by secret ballot; he must have a three-fourths vote of the active membership present in order to be called as Pastor.
Section 2: An unlimited number of Deacons, as many as the Pastor and nominating committee (pastoral appointees) may deem necessary.
Section 3: A Board of three Trustees.
Section 4: A Finance Committee, consisting of the Treasurer, Associate Treasurer and the Board of Trustees.
Section 5: A Clerk.
Section 6: A Bible School Superintendent
Section 7: A Choirister and Associate Choirister.
Section 8: One Pianist and one Associate Pianist; One Organist and one Associate Organist.
Section 9: A Chief Usher and Associate Ushers.
Section 10: A Treasurer and Associate Treasurer.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS: The election of officers shall be held at the annual business meeting. All officers shall be elected by ballot unless otherwise stated.
Section 1: The Deacons shall be elected for a term of one year and may be re-elected each year so long as they fulfill their office Godly and satisfactorily to the Church.
Section 2: The Trustees shall be elected for a term of one year and may be re-elected each year so long as they live Godly and take care of Church business satisfactorily.
Section 3: All other officers, excepting the Pastor, shall be elected for a term of one year.
Section 4: Vacancies in office may be filled at any regular business meeting of the Church during the year.
Section 5: A nominating committee of five members shall be appointed by the Pastor prior to the annual election.
Section 1: The Church shall have the power of general oversight and control of all subordinating organizations.
Section 2: Any outside organization or individual desiring the use of the Church property at any time shall secure permission from the Pastor and Deacons.
Section 3: Subordinate organizations shall disburse all of the missionary funds through the Church Treasurer.
SUFFRAGE: Only members of this Church shall have the right to vote in any business meeting.
AMENDMENTS: Section 1: This Constitution may be amended or revised by a three-fourths vote of the members, in good standing, present at any regular business meeting of the Church. Notice in writing of the proposed revision is given at the regular business meeting prior to the time the vote is to be taken.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1: The Pastor shall have charge of the spiritual welfare of the congregation. He shall act as moderator in the business meeting of the Church. He shall be exofficio member of all committees and may call any committee together at any time. He may call the Church together for special business. He shall have authority to purchase supplies necessary for his work.
Section 2: In the absence of the Pastor there shall be no meeting to transact Church business.
Section 3: It is the duty of the Deacons to visit the sick; to be punctual in the visitation program; and to prepare and distribute the elements of the Lord’s Supper; to cooperate with and assist the pastor in the performance of his duties. They shall assist as may be required in all devotional services in the absence of the Pastor. They shall have authority to purchase regular supplies necessary to their work. They shall elect their own chairman once each year and attend each Mid-week Prayer Service.
The duties of the Deacon’s wives are the same as the duties of the Deacons with the exception of usurping any authority of the Worship Service.
Section 4: The Trustees shall have the care of the Church property but shall have no power to buy, sell, mortgage, lease or transfer any such property without the specific vote of the Church authorizing such action.
Section 5: The Clerk shall keep a record of the proceedings of the Church and shall have charge of all documents, papers, and letters except as otherwise provided. It is the duty of the Clerk to issue letters of dismission and recommendation; to keep a register of the month and to report monthly.
Section 6: The Treasurers shall receive all contributions of the Church, not otherwise directed. He shall keep a record of all contributions and pledges, and shall report monthly.
Section 7: The Bible School Superintendent shall have general control of the Bible School in conjunction with and under the advice of the Pastor. Each teacher is required to attend the Mid-week Prayer Service the same as the Deacons.
Section 8: The Choirister shall perform the regular duties of his office.
Section 9: The Pianist and Associate Pianist; the Organist and Associate Organist shall perform the regular duties of their offices and arrance that one or the other is present during each service.
Section 10: The Chief Usher and Associate Ushers shall be responsible for the proper seating of the congregation at all regular meetings of Worship, and shall have the power to appoint such assistants as he desires. The usher shall be responsible for maintaining good order on the premises at all times of regular services.
Section 1: The regular meetings of the Church for Worship shall be as follows:
Sunday School …………………………………………………………10:00 a.m.
Morning Worship ……………………………………………………..11:00 a.m.
Evening Worship ……………………………………………………… 6:00 p.m.
Prayer Meeting – Wednesday …………………………………….. 7:30 p.m.
Communion Service shall be held as often as is deemed necessary
Section 2: All officers must attend all Worship Services.
Section 3: Business meetings shall be held as follows The annual business meeting of the Church will be held the first Wednesday night following the last Sunday in December. Special business meetings not otherwise provided for may be called by the Pastor.
DUTIES OF COMMITTEES:
Section 1: The nominating committee shall at the annual election submit names for the various offices becoming vacant.
Section 2: It will not be the policy of this Church to promote suppers, parties, or any other projects for raising funds.
Section 1: The Discipline Committee shall consist of all the officers of the Church, the Pastor, the Deacons, the Trustees, the Sunday School Superintendent, Church Treasurer, and Choirister, providing they are active and in good standing and providing they are not involved in matters to be disciplined. In the event they are involved they are automatically disqualified to participate in a disciplinary capacity. All persons in this disciplinary committee must state to the committee that they are in full accord with the Church action and 100% behind the Pastor. All grievances that may arise to be heard in front of this group, (which is a Christian group) shall be determined and finally disposed of q this group. There shall not be at any time an open Church trial in the Church (for there are always unsaved people in the Services and it would cause them to lose faith in God). Therefore, all persons with any grievances must be brought before this committee to be disposed of as they deem necessary.