The name of this fellowship is the “Tri-State Independent Baptist Preacher’s Fellowship.” It is composed of Independent Baptist Pastor’s, lay Preachers, Evangelists, and Missionaries.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
This fellowship was organized for the exalting of Christ and the encouraging of preachers through the “Preaching of the Word of God.” It does not serve as a platform for axe-grinding or arguing over non-essential preferences. Promotion of Ministries and or ministerial aids will be left to the discretion of the moderator and the host pastor. The fellowship meets on the first Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in a church where it is invited. An invitation to host the meeting may be made by contacting the secretary and treasurer to check the availability of dates and thereby book the meeting. The meeting date may be moved one week back or one week ahead to accommodate the host pastor of / if there is a conflict with a holiday.
FOR THE FELLOWSHIP:
1. We believe in the verbal inspiration and authority of the Scriptures. We believe that the King James Bible is the preserved Word of God for the English speaking world. We believe that the Bible reveals God, the fall of man, the way of salvation, and God’s plan and purpose in all ages.
2. We believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in the Deity, Virgin Birth, and Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
4. We believe that salvation is “by grace” plus nothing and minus nothing. The conditions to salvation are repentance and faith.
5. We believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
6. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling, and sealing them unto the day of redemption. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and the ultimately deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing.
7. We believe in the visible, personal, and premillennial return of Jesus Christ.
8. We believe in the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.
9. We believe in the autonomy of the Local Church.
10. We believe in the obligation of every church to support missions.
11. We believe that there are two church ordinances: Baptism by immersion and The Lord’s Supper.
12. We believe that every participant should practice Ecclesiastical separation and every believer should practice personal separation from the world.
13. We believe in Traditional, Biblical Standards in areas of dress, appearance and Church music.
GUIDELINES FOR SELECTION OF PREACHERS:
The Moderator of the fellowship and the host pastor will select the Preacher’s for each meeting. Usually this will consist of the host pastor selecting one preacher and the Moderator selecting the other preacher. However, in special circumstances this process may be varied with the approval of the Moderator. Those individuals who are selected to preach should be men who maintain the same doctrinal stance of the other participants of the fellowship and who meet the qualifications of I Timothy 3: 1-7 and Titus 1:6.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
- The Officers of the fellowship shall consist of Moderator, Vice Moderator and Secretary/Treasurer.
- These officers will be elected for a term of one year.
- The Moderator may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
- Officers nominated should be active, participating participants of the Fellowship.
- These officers shall be elected by ballot in November of each year with the election results to be announced at the December meeting.
- Ballots will be counted by a committee consisting of the former moderators of the fellowship.
- The new officers shall assume their offices in January of the New Year.