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Summary: This series reviewed some of the basic doctrines our church believes and teaches, and why, based on the Word of God and our foundation documents [constitution from 1815, Statement of faith, etc.].

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This is the 8th message in series, "What do you believe, and why?"

- And we praise the Lord for His Word

- To tell us what to believe = And for a "reasonable" faith

> Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

> Isaiah 43:25 I, [even] I, [am] he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

And we praise the Lord for the example of Paul

> [Acts 17.1-3] = Preaching the Gospel and obeying the Great Commission

- Which leads to the establishment of Churches

> [Rom. 1.1-7] = THUS [1,8]

And that is our heritage = From 1815 until today

- Trinity, Inspiration and Authority of the Scriptures, Sinfulness of Humanity, Blood Atonement, Born Again exhibit gifts / fruit of the Spirit, Sanctification (past, present, future -- progressive), Eternal Security of the Believer, Resurrection of the Living and the Dead (ie: Heaven and Hell), Gospel ordinances given to the church (so only examined / ordained should administer), "Preaching of the Gospel is an appointment of God to be continued to the end of the world"

- Last week = Autonomous church, Church ordinances (baptism and Lord’s Supper)

And today we continue to examine our founding documents and beliefs

- 13. WE BELIEVE IT IS THE DUTY OF EVERY MEMBER TO SUPPORT AND MAINTAIN THE CHURCH.

- Today, "Responsibilities (duties) of members"

- "[1] To endeavor, to the best of their ability, to keep the Church Covenant"

- Differs slightly from 1815 = Listen carefully

- [today’s] = "Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Chriat as our 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 Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, Angels, 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, spirituality and comfort. To promote its prosperity and spirituality, to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines. 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 and 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 tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the work of our Savior. 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 be ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the laws 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."


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