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CONSTITUTION


CONSTITUTION

OF THE

UNITED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF MARIETTA

 

PREAMBLE

            We believe that with the help of God Almighty, we can live according to the teaching of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Master. We also accept His teachings as our standard for Christian behavior realizing that a personal faith in the atoning death of Christ and His resurrection are the only pre-requisites to Salvation.

 

BELIEF

            We have listed below twenty articles of Faith that we believe are taught in the New Testament and are important for every child of God to know and to believe.

 

I              OF THE SCRIPTURES We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and 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 “Holy Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written 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 Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.

II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25

 

II         OF THE TRUE GOD           We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; 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.

 

Exodus 20:2-3; Genesis 17:1; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; John 4:24

 

III        OF THE HOLY SPIRIT  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 creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.

 

John 14:16-17; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35

 

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IV        OF THE DEVIL OR SATAN   We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; 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 to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy; the lord of the anti-Christ, and the author of all the powers of darkness –destined however to final defeat at the hands of God’s own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.

                               

Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Revelations 12:9; Jude 6; II Peter 2:4

 

V         OF CREATION  We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; 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 or any evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God’s established law was that they should bring forth only “after their kind”.

 

Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 5:12; Romans 5:19; Romans 3:10-19; Ephesians 2:1

 

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 an happy state, in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice, and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.

 

Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 5:12; Romans 5:19; Romans 3:10-19; Ephesians 2:1

 

VII      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 or can ever be born of 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; Mark 1:1

 

VIII         OF THE 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 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 setting us an example by 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; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heavenly and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all sufficient Savior.

 

Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24; John 3:16; Matthew 18:11

 

IX            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 and not a process; 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, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and 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;   II Corinthians 5:17; Luke 5:27; I John 5:1; John 3:6-7

 

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X             OF THE FREENESS OF SALVATION   We believe in God’s electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.

 

I Thessalonians 1:4; Colossians 3:12; I Peter 1:2; Titus 1:1; Romans 8:29-30

 

XI            OF JUSTIFICATION   We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as    believe in His 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, His righteousness is imputed unto us.

 

Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; Zechariah . 13:1; Romans 8:1; Romans 5:5

 

XII           OF REPENTANCE OF FAITH    We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God, 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, at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.

 

Acts 20:21; Mark 1:5; Acts 2:37-38; Luke 18:13; Rom. 10:13

XIII         OF THE CHURCH   We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the fits, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word, that its offices of ordination are pastors (Elders, Bishops) and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; we believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission: First, to make individual disciples; Second, to build up the Church; Third, to teach and instruct as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of the order, we hold that the local          church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference 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 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; on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.

 

Acts 2:41; Acts 2:42; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:11

 

XIV         OF BAPTISM AN THE LORD’S SUPPER   We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer; in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with the authority of the local Church, 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.

 

The Lord’s Supper, in which the Church, by the sacred use of bread and the fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination.

 

Acts 8:36-39; Matthew 3:6; John 3:23; Romans 6:4-5; Matthew 3:16

 

 

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XV          OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS  We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.

 

John 8:31-32; Colossians 1:21-23; I John 2:19; Matthew 13:19-21

 

XVI         OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED   We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all        such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.

 

Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; Romans 6:17-18; Proverbs 11:31; I Peter. 4:18

 

XVII   OF 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 only in 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. 13:7; II Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21

 

XVIII      OF THE RESURRECTION AND RETURN OF CHRIST AND RELATED EVENTS   We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the Resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily “The third day according to the Scriptures,” That He ascended “to the right hand of the throne of God,” that He alone is our “merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God.” “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, that the “dead in Christ shall rise first; that the living saints “shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the   last trump,” “that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David,” and that “Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet.”

 

Matthew 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6

 

XIX     OF MISSIONS   The command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this             Commission was given to the churches.

 

Matt. 28:18-20 – “And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and, lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”. Amen.

 

John 20:21 – “As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you”

Acts 1:8 – “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth”.

 

Rom. 10:13, 14, 15 – “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that   preach the gospel of peace, and glad tidings of good things!

 

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XX      OF THE GRACE OF GIVING   Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the Faith.

II Corinthians 8:7 – “Therefore as ye abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, an in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. “We are commanded to bring our gifts into the storehouse (common treasury of the Church) upon the first day of the week.

 

I Corinthians 16:2 – “Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” Under Grace we give, and do not pay, the tithe – “Abraham GAVE a tenth of the spoils.”

 

Hebrews 7:2,4 – We are commanded to bring the tithe into the common treasury of the church.

Lev. 27:30 – “The tithe is the Lord’s,”

 

Malachi 3:10 – “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” In the New Testament it was the common treasury of the church.

 

Acts 4:34, 35, 37 – “And brought the prices of the things that were sold and laid them down at the apostles’ feet. Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the APOSTLES’ FEET.”

 

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PURPOSE

 

This Church endeavors to be a New Testament Church patterned after the Churches found in the Book of Acts. It has no creed except a practical belief and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. It seeks to present a FAITH that is loyal to the Lord Jesus Christ rather than to the letter of the law; a FAITH as essential as the day’s work and as indispensable as the air we breathe; a FAITH that is effective enough to live by and sufficient when we die.

 

BY-LAWS OF THE UNITED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF MARIETTA

 

ARTICLE I.

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.        The membership of the United Christian Church of Marietta shall be open to all who actively seek to unite with the fellowship of Believers.

 

Section 2.        The pre-requisites for membership shall be

  1. New Members (without previous Church membership)
  1. A person must be born again.   John 3:3,5; I John 5:1
  2. A person must be scripturally baptized by Immersion.   Acts 2:41
  3. A person must be examined by the Board of Deacons and Pastor as to their conversion and acceptance of the New Testament teachings. Matt. 28:19-20
  1. New Members (with previous Church membership)
  1. A person must be examined by the Board of Deacons and the Pastor pertaining to their Salvation, scriptural baptism by Immersion and their Christian living. 

 

ARTICLE II.

COVENANT OF MEMBERS

 

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 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 give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, 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 an 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 acts of sinful nature (Gal. 5:19) and to 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 rule of our Saviour 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.

 

ARTICLE III.

TRANSFER OF MEMBERSHIP

 

A member in good and regular standing desiring to remove his letter from our Church to another of like faith and order may do so by having the Church they wish to join, write for their letter, and it will be granted upon a majority vote of the membership.

 

ARTICLE IV.

SECTION 1.   The board members and officers of the Marietta United Christian Church shall be elected at the annual corporate meeting held on the third Sunday in January.

 

SECTION II.  The Boards shall be:

  1. Board of Deacons composed of up to four (4) members elected for a two (2) year term. Two (2) shall be elected each years. The Sunday School Superintendent and the Chief Usher shall be chosen by the Deacons.
  2. Board of Trustees composed of up to six (6) members elected for a two (2) year term. Three (3) shall be elected each year. The Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer shall be chosen by the Trustees.
  3. Board of Deaconesses composed of up to six (6) members elected for a two year term. Three (3) members shall be elected each year. The Church Clerk and the Sunday School Secretary shall be chosen by the Deaconesses.

SECTION III.            Nominations for officers shall be made by a nominating committee composed of on member appointed from each of the Boards and the Pastor; one month prior to the election.

 

The nominating committee shall present at the election meeting one candidate for each office to be filled. The consent of each candidate must be obtained before his name is placed in nomination. In accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, nominations may be made from the floor providing the consent of the one being nominated has been obtained in advance.

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SECTION IV.            Any vacancy occurring in the above Boards shall be filled within 30 days if possible. Such vacancy occurring in an office shall be filled by special appointment of the Boards members upon the Pastor’s recommendation.

 

SECION V.    Installation of the elected officers shall be held during a special service held after the elections.

 

SECTION VI.   QUALIFICATIONS AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS:

 

  1. The persons comprising the Boards must be members of the Church, living creditable Christian lives, and be faithful in their witness and testimony. 
  2. The Pastor shall preside at all meetings of the Boards, and shall be a member ex-officio of all committees.

 The duties of the Deacons shall be: TO ASSIST THE PASTOR 

 

  1. In caring for the Spiritual needs of the Church
  2. In observing and serving the Communion feast.
  3. In securing guest speakers and to take charge of the services in the absence of the Pastor.
  4. In visitation of both members and prospective members
  5. In meeting needs of widows, infirmed and other members
  6. In setting a spiritual and moral level for the Church to follow.
  7. In examining and recommending prospective members.
  8. In providing a Sunday School Superintendent and a Chief Usher. 

 

The Duties of the Trustees shall be:

 

  1. To manage the legal affairs of the Church.
  2. To discuss and propose matters of importance involving the expenditures of monies to the congregation for approval.
  3. To maintain the physical Church property and to assume responsibility of such.
  4. To authorize the payment of current operating expenses.
  5. To authorize the spending of up to 3% of the budget.
  6. To prepare the yearly budget for presentation to the Church at the annual corporate meeting for approval.
  7. To provide a capable member for the position of treasurer and Assistant Treasurer who will have the following duties:
  1. To pay all authorized expenses.
  2. To receive all monies contributed to the Church, record and deposit same in bank.
  3. To maintain and publish both quarterly and yearly reports for the inspection of membership.
  4. His/Her term of office shall be two (2) years.

 

 

The Duties of the Deaconesses shall be:


  1. To perform the function of official Church hostesses.
  2. To have the responsibility of securing meals and overnight accommodations for visiting speakers and/or missionaries.
  3. To have the responsibility of the Church kitchen, and any special dinners and/or meals served.
  4. To take care of ordering and sending flowers to the sick and whenever designated by the church
  5. Provide attendants for the nursery during regular services and special services.
  6. To assist the deacons in preparing and cleaning up after communion service when requested.
  7. To attend monthly meetings when designated.
  8. To visit the sick, infirmed an elderly members on at least a monthly basis.
  9. To have charge of any special activities such as clothing drives, white gifts, etc.
  10. To provide the Church Clerk and the Sunday School Secretary.

 

SECTION IV.

 

A Missions’ Committee composed of the Pastor and one (1) member from each Board shall supervise the Mission Program of the Church.  

 

ARTICLE V.

 

These By-Laws may be amended at any regularly called Business Meeting of the Church by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of eligible members. The Church membership must be given a (2) two-week notice of any proposed amendments.

 

ARTICLE VI

 

SECTION 1.   Any active member who requests and/or does not actively support the Church with their presence and their substance for a period of one year, shall be automatically placed on an inactive list and shall not be privileged to vote on Church business.

 

SECTION 2.     Any member contributing to the support of the Church shall be eligible to vote upon all Church matters.

 

ARTICLE VII

 

“Robert’s Rules of Order Revised” shall govern the procedure of all business meetings of the Church.

 

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