FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF HERNDON

WHAT WE BELIEVE?

CONFESSION OF FAITH

We accept the Scriptures of the Old Testament and the New Testament as our authority in matters of faith and practice. We further believe that the teaching of Jesus our Lord is the sure and certain guide to the interpretation of these Scriptures.

We also affirm the historic faith of the early Church as handed down in the following words:

We believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven; and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit; we believe in the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

CHARACTER

A.  POLITY - The government of this Church is vested in the autonomous body of believers who compose it and administered through established bylaws as approved by the Church. It is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation which are common among Baptist churches.

B.  DOCTRINE - This Church receives the Scriptures as its authority in matters of faith and practice. Its understanding of Christian truth as contained therein is in essential accord with the belief of Baptist churches as indicated in the Confession of Faith in Article III of this Constitution.

 ORDINANCES

A.  BAPTISM - The New Testament model of baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in the newness of life in Jesus Christ.

Baptism shall be administered by the Senior Pastor or whomever else the Church shall authorize.

Baptism may be administered as an act of worship during any worship service.

B.  COMMUNION - Communion is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the Church through partaking of bread and fruit of the vine commemorate the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate His return.

Open communion shall be observed at least quarterly and at such times as scheduled. Communion may be observed as an act of worship during any scheduled worship service or on an individual basis due to inability to attend worship. The Senior Pastor and Deacons shall be responsible for scheduling, preparing, and administering communion.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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