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Preamble of SMCC Bylaws
Preamble of SMCC Bylaws
Whereas, the New Testament is the only perfect constitution for the doctrine, worship, discipline, and government of the Church, we accept it as our only rule of faith and practice. We acknowledge no creed, confession, or articles of faith other than the Word of God as recorded by the apostles and prophets of His Church.
What we believe at SMCC…
We believe the Bible to be the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. We believe that as the Church of Jesus Christ we are to follow all commands and traditions found in the New Testament. We believe that the Old Testament is good and helpful, but not binding on the Church.
We believe that there is one true and holy God, who has eternally existed in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son in all the divine attributes. He edifies the minds of sinners, awakens in them recognition of their need of a Savior and regenerates them. He is promised to those who have heard that the Savior has come, believe Jesus is the Son of God and can save them, are convinced they have need of forgiveness, desire to do what God wants, and are immersed (baptized) in the name of Jesus. At the point of salvation, He permanently indwells every believer and equips him or her for personal growth and service to the church. The Spirit is a divine guarantee that seals the believer until the day of redemption.
We believe that the central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Him. God originally created humans to have fellowship with Him and to glorify Him, but they defied God by choosing their own way. As a result, man suffered alienation from God and the corruption of his nature. The salvation of mankind, therefore, is wholly a work of God’s free grace, not in the result in whole or in part of human works or goodness. This salvation is a gift, made available through faith in Jesus Christ and Him only
We believe that there is one body, the Church. The Holy Spirit places all who put their trust in Jesus in this spiritual body. The Scripture tells believers that it is imperative to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the word, observance of the ordinances, fellowship, and service to the body and outreach to the world.
We also believe God's true plan of salvation for all people as revealed the Bible is to...
Hear the Gospel John 20:30-31; Romans 10:17.
Believe that Jesus is Messiah. Romans 1:16; Acts 18.8; Hebrews 11:6.
Repent of sins committed. Luke 13:3; Luke 24:47; Acts 3:19; Acts 17:30.
Confess Christ to be Lord. Matthew 10:32; Acts 8:37; Romans 10:10.
Be baptized (immersed). Matthew 28:19; Mark 16.16; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:47-48; Acts 22.16; Romans 6:1-6; Galatians3:27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21
Continue faithfully to pursue Jesus. Matthew 25:21,34; 2 Peter 1:1