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We believe that the church, as a corporate body, is answerable to God and God alone for its beliefs, and we believe the Word of God is the final authority on all issues of faith and practice. While it is not possible to fully detail everything we believe, the following Articles of Faith are intended to set forth the very core outline of who we are and what we believe. Individuals who are not in close agreement with these articles are welcome to attend this church, so long as they are not disruptive to the ministries of the church. Only those in agreement with these articles shall be allowed to be members or hold any office within the church

Of the Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible, as originally written, was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit- controlled men, and therefore, is truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. II Tim. 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:19, 21.

We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man came by direct creation of God, and not by evolution. Gen. 1, 2; Col. 1:16, 17; John 1:3.
The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – co-eternal in Being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13, 14.

The Person & work of Christ

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 can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God, and God the Son. Gen. 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; Romans 8:34.

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. I Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 1:13, 14; John 16:8-11.

We believe that He is the divine Teacher who guides all believers into truth; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. John 16:13; I John 2:20, 27; Ephesians 5:18.

The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. Gen. 1:26, 27; Rom. 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12.

Atonement for Sin

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; 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; that His atonement consisted not in His setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a 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; that 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 in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all sufficient Savior. Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24; John 5:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:14; Romans 3:25; I Corinthians 15:5; II Cor. 5:2.

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 and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and 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 Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruit of repentance and faith and newness of life. I John 5:1; II Cor. 5:17; John 3:3, 6, 7, 8; Acts 16:30-33; II Peter 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1; II Cor. 5:19.

Justification

We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; a) that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life, on principles of righteousness; b) 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, His righteousness is imputed to us. Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11; Romans 8:1; 5:9; 5:1.

Faith and Salvation

We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. Eph. 2:8, 9; Gal. 2:16; Romans 4:4; I Acts 16:31.

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1; 8:38, 39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:5.
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. Romans 13:13, 14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15.

The Two Natures of the Believer

We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provisions made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. Romans 6:13; 8:12, 13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9.
Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded by God. II Cor. 6:14-7:1; II Tim. 3:1-5; Romans 12:1, 2; 14:13; I John 2:15-17.

The Church

We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again believers of this present age. Eph. 1:22, 23; 5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 11:2.

We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; we believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the inheritance of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only Superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for the true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and methods of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence the will of the local church is final. Acts 2:41, 42; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22, 23; 4:11; 5:23, 24; Col. 1:18; I Tim. 3:17; Acts 15:13-18; 20:17-38.

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 of 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 a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership; we believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes and should be proceeded always by solemn self examination; that it is the right of all born-again believers to partake of the Lord’s Supper, but that God’s judgment will fall on those who partake unworthily. Acts 8:36-39; Rom. 6:3-5; I Cor. 11:23-32.

Missions

We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the gospel to all mankind. Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:19, 20.
The Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25, 26; Revelation 20:5, 6, 12, 13. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. Luke 23:43; Rev. 20:4-6; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; I Thess. 4:16, 17.

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunite they appear at the Great White Throne Judgment; and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. Luke 16:19-26 Matt. 25: 41-46; II Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6, 7; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 20:11-15.

The Personality of Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. Job 1:6; Matt 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10.
The Resurrection, Pre-Millennial Second Advent, Other Events

We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation, and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Reign. I Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6; Rev. 3:10; I Thess. 1:10; 5:9.

We believe in the bodily resurrection. Matt. 28:6, 7; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:4.
The Ascension. Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 12:2.
The High Priesthood. Heb. 8:6; I Tim. 2:5; I John 2:1; Heb 2:17; Heb. 9:8.
The Second Coming. John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4:13-18; James 5:8; Heb 9:28.

The Resurrection of the Righteous Dead. I Thess. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:42-52.
The change of the living in Christ. I Cor. 15:51-53; I Thess. 4:13-18; Phil 3:20.
The Throne of David. Luke 1:32; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Acts 2:29, 30.
The Millennial Reign. I Cor. 15:25; Isa. 32:1; 11:4-5; Rev. 20:4-6; Psa. 72:8.

Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except in those things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth. Rom. 13:1-7; Acts 5:20; 4:19, 20; Daniel 3:17, 18.

ARTICLE IX

ARTICLE XI

MISSIONS

The Church shall consider missionary giving and praying a vital part of its work. Missionary interest shall be encouraged by every means possible. It shall be the policy of this Church to give regular financial support to individual missionaries and Christ centered organizations which are in agreement with our Doctrinal Statement.

ARTICLE XII

THE ORDINANCES

Section A. Baptism.

Those professing saving faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, shall, upon recommendation of the Pastor and the Board of Deacons, be immersed in water in accordance with the Scriptural teaching; by the Pastor or some qualified person authorized by the Church. Baptism may be administered apart from application for Church membership, but the applicant will be encouraged to join the church by the Pastor and Deacon Board.

Section B. The Lord’s Supper.

The Lord’s Supper (Communion) shall be served to the assembled Church by the Pastor, or some person designated by the Church, and the Deacons or some other appointed individual on the day designated. The Pastor shall frequently state the Scriptural teaching for those partaking of the Lord’s Supper (I. Corinthians 11:23-24).

ARTICLE XIII

PARLIAMENTARY RULES

All business meetings shall be performed in an orderly manner. If there is any question of order ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER shall be the standard in deciding questions of parliamentary practice.

ARTICLE XIV

DISPERSEMENT OF ASSETS AND/OR DISSOLUTIONMENT

Section A. Simple Dispersment of Assets.

In the event that there is a desire to dispose of an asset(s) of the Church, the value of which exceeds one thousand ($1,000) dollars, a 2/3 majority vote of the membership shall be required at any regular or special business meeting. In the event that a special meeting is called, the purpose for such meeting must be stated from the pulpit and posted for two Sundays preceding such a vote. No such notification is required if the business is done at a quarterly or annual business meeting.

Section B. General Rules for Dissolutionment.

In the event that the Membership of Kuna Baptist Church believes it best to dissolve this organization a special meeting for such action shall be called, the purpose of such meeting posted and announced in every Sunday Service for three consecutive Sundays. If this business is to be undertaken at a “regular” business meeting the preceding statements shall apply. In the event that proper notification, as prescribed above, is not given, no such meeting shall be allowed to take place. For the purpose of this meeting a quorum shall be set at twenty-four (24) active members 18 years or older. 2/3 of that quorum most vote to dissolve this organization for Kuna Baptist Church to be legally dissolved. At no time, under any circumstances, shall the assets of Kuna Baptist Church be divided, equally or by any other ratio among the individual members that make it up or to those outside the church, unless the Church is legally bound to do so.
Section C. Dissolutionment By Merger.

In the event that the Church is voting to dissolve in order to legally merge with some other church of like faith and practice the general rules of dissolution shall be met. If the Church votes to merge, all of Kuna Baptist Church’s financial obligations shall be cared for as a priority before such merger can take place so as to maintain a good testimony and following the resolution of all financial responsibilities, all remaining assets shall become the rightful property of the newly merged entity. Should another church wish to merge with Kuna Baptist Church and maintain the legal identity of Kuna Baptist Church, no dissolution shall be necessary.

Section D. Outright Dissolution.

In the event that the Church wishes to close its doors and cease to exist as a legal entity in any form or under any name, all of the Churches financial obligations shall be met first and then all remaining assets, be they real estate, money, securities, stocks, bonds, or personal property, or in some other form shall become the sole possession of the Northwest Baptist Home Mission.

ARTICLE XV

AMENDMENTS & BYLAWS

Section A. Amendments

This constitution or articles of this constitution, with the exception of Article XIV, may be repealed or amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at any meeting of the Church, a notice of the proposed amendment(s) having been given at the two Sunday morning services preceding the meeting. For the purpose of amending Article

XIV (DISPERSEMENT OF ASSETS AND/OR DISSOLUTIONMENT) the recommended amendment(s) must be announced and posted for three consecutive weeks, a quorum is set at 24 active members of the age of 18 or older, and 2/3 of that quorum most vote to amend the Article XIV in order to amendment the article.

Section B. By-Laws

No by-laws shall be adopted which shall be in conflict with or void any provision of the constitution. If there is a conflict between the constitution and by-laws the constitution shall prevail. However, by-laws shall take precedent over any statement of policy or procedure.

This constitution shall supersede all previous legal documents and these shall now constitute the legal documents of Kuna Baptist Church, Inc., Kuna, Idaho revised and adopted 7/31/05

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