Constitution of Manor Gospel Church
Article 1 (Name)
The name of this congregation shall be Manor Gospel Church of Three Hills, Alberta, Canada.
Article 2 (Character)
This church is denominationally unrelated, but is willing to maintain fellowship with all fundamental Christians or groups of Christians.
Article 3 (Objectives)
The aim and purpose of this congregation is, and shall be, the assembling of believers for common edification, spiritual help, encouragement, and admonition; and with the gifts and the means the Lord has given us, to strive together for the spreading of the Gospel to the glory of God, and the salvation of sinners, at home and abroad (Acts 1:8); and to maintain through teaching and discipline the New Testament standard of Christian conduct.
Article 4 (Doctrinal Statement)
We believe in the complete plenary and verbal inspiration and the supreme and the final authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures. (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:1; 1 John 5:7)
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost and was born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
(Matthew 1:20-23; Luke 1:35; John 1:14)
We believe in the personality of Satan and other evil spirit beings as the enemies of God, the saints, and the holy angels. (2 Corinthians 11:14-15; Job 1:6-12; James 4:7)
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and are incapable of pleasing God, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become capable sinners, utterly lost, and that only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. (Romans 5:12; Romans 8:5-8; Ephesians 2:2-3)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as the representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that no other manner of redemption is possible, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.
(1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 5; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Acts 4:12)
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His personal bodily presence there for us as forerunner, High Priest, and Advocate. (John 20:19-28; Acts 1; Luke 24; Hebrews 2:14-18)
We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, bodily, visible, pre-millennial, and imminent return of our glorified Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:11; Titus 2:11-14; John 14:1-3)
We believe that the church’s sole business, with no worldly alliances, is to shed the light of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ continuously in all the world, looking for her Lord’s return. (Matthew 28:18-19; Luke 19:15; Mark 16:14-20; 2 Corinthians 10:13-16)
We believe that all who by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. (John 1:12-13; 1 Peter 1:18-23; John 5:24)
We believe that the fullness of the Holy Spirit is received by faith and obedience, and that sanctification is progressive as well as instantaneous, producing daily growth in grace following the one experience of the new birth.
(Luke 11:11-13; 2 Corinthians 6:12-7:1; Jude 20-22)
We believe that at death, all men continue in conscious existence, awaiting the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust; the saved to everlasting blessedness and the lost to everlasting conscious torment. (Luke 16:14-31; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:12-15)
We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are thus united together in the body of Christ, of which He is the head. (Ephesians 4:1-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27)
We believe that the Lord’s Supper and water baptism are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation. (1 Corinthians 11:25-26; 1 Peter 3:21)
Article 5 (Membership)
Membership in this church is open to anyone who through faith in God’s son, our Lord Jesus Christ, has been born again to a living hope, has manifested himself as a true Christian, desires to share in the ministry and fellowship of this church, and subscribes to this constitution.
Article 6 (Government)
OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES:
This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of the voting membership.
By-laws not in conflict with the provisions of this constitution may be adopted by a majority vote of any annual or special meeting of the congregation.
Article 1 (Membership)
Article 2 (Government)
Article 3 (Discipline and Restoration)