Preamble

We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith and to govern the body in an orderly manner. This constitution will preserve the  liberties of each  individual  church  member  and the   freedom of  action of  this  body  in  relation  to  other churches.

 

I.  NAME

This body shall be known as the New Jerusalem Baptist Cathedral, Inc. of Durham, North Carolina.

 Objectives

To be a  dynamic  spiritual  organism  empowered  by  the Holy Spirit  to share Christ with as  many  people  as  possible  in  our church,  community,  and  throughout the  world.

To be a worshipping fellowship, experiencing an awareness of God, recognizing his person, and responding in obedience to his leadership.

To experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellow believers.

To help people experience a growing knowledge of God and man. 

To be a church which ministers unselfishly to persons in the community and the world in Jesus' name.

To be a church whose purpose is to be Christlike in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment of life, personality, and possessions to the lordship of Christ.

  

II.  STATEMENT OF BASIC BELIEFS

We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired word of God and the basis for our beliefs. This church subscribes to all the  doctrinal  statements  of the Holy Scriptures. We voluntarily band ourselves  together as  a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing  the  good news of  salvation  to lost mankind. The ordinances of  the  church are believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper. (See Article VI of  the Bylaws.)

 III.  CHURCH COVENANT

Having  been  led  as  we believe  by  the  Spirit  of God  to receive  the  Lord Jesus  Christ  as  our Lord  and Savior  and,  on the 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, doctrines, and discipline; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the relief of the poor, and spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and private 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; and to be zealous  in  our efforts  to advance the kingdom of our Savior.

We further engage to watch over one 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.

 IV.  POLITY AND RELATIONSHIPS

 The government of this church is vested in the body of  believers who compose it.  Persons  duly  received  by the  members  shall  constitute the membership. (See Article I of the Bylaws.)

All internal groups created  and empowered  by  the  church  to  serve  shall report and be accountable  only  to  the  church  body  or  specified  officials as appointed by the church.

This church 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. Insofar as is practical, this church will cooperate with and support the  association and the State and baptist conventions.