NEW LIGHT BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
We declare and establish this church for the preservation and security of the principles of our faith, and that this body may be governed in an orderly manner. This charter document will preserve the liberties of each individual member of this Church and the freedom of action of this body in its relation to other Churches.
This body shall be known as the New Light Bible Fellowship Church located in DeSoto, Texas.
II. STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Holy Bible is the inspired word of God and is the basis for any statement of faith. We 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 Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
III. CHURCH COVENANT
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus 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 Spirit, 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 and holiness; to give it a place in our affections, prayers and services above every organization of human origin; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, towards its expenses, for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. In case of difference of opinion in the Church, we will strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the majority to govern.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to study diligently the word of God; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintance; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be kind and just to those in our employ, and faithful in the service we promise others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good will towards all men to exemplify and commend our holy faith.
We further engage to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each other unto every good word and work; to guard each other’s reputation, not needlessly exposing the infirmities of others; to participate in each other’s joy and with tender sympathy bear one another’s burdens and sorrows; to cultivate Christian courtesy; to be slow to give or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the rules of the Saviour in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and through life, amid evil report, and good report, to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
When we remove from this place, we engage as soon as possible to secure a permanent facility for this Church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s word.
We affix our signature endorsing acceptance of this Charter and agreement to uphold this holy covenant we make on this 16th day of November, 2006.
Eric Tate Martin, D.Min.