CONSTITUTION

of the

NEW HOPE CHURCH

of

NEW CASTLE, CO.

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ARTICLE I – NAME                                        1

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE                                1

ARTICLE III - STATEMENT OF FAITH                1

1.  Authority.                                                  1

2.  The Bible.                                                 1

3.  The Trinity.                                                1

4.  God the Father.                                         1

5.  God the Son.                                                2

6.  God the Holy Spirit.                                          2                                

7.  God’s Eternal Purpose.                                  2

8.  Man.                                                 2

9.  Salvation.                                                 2

10.  The Church.                                        2

11.  Last Things.                                          2

ARTICLE IV – CHURCH OPERATIONS                3

        Section 1 – Authority                                3

        Section 2 – Affiliation                                3

        Section 3 – Membership                                3

        Section 4 – Bylaws                                3

        

ARTICLE V – AMENDMENTS                                3                

ARTICLE VI – DURATION                                3

ARTICLE VII – DISSOLUTION                                3

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CONSTITUTION

of the

NEW HOPE CHURCH

of

NEW CASTLE, CO.

ARTICLE I - NAME

        This church is duly incorporated as of May 7, 1947 as a, non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Colorado as First Baptist Church of Glenwood Springs now doing business as New Hope Church.

 ARTICLE II - PURPOSE

        The purpose of this church shall be to praise and worship God, to bring Him glory (Eph. 1:6, 1 Peter 2:9) and to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19, 20).  This includes the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:17-21) so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ shall be advanced throughout the world.  This church shall seek to bring glory to God through public worship, prayer, preaching of the Gospel, spiritual growth and service of its members, personal evangelism, Christian discipleship, education, and dedication to missionary endeavors and the planting of new churches.  

        Additionally, this church may seek other ways in which to advance this purpose through brotherly love in support of community functions such as, but not limited to:  Vacation Bible School, Christian camping, weddings, funerals, concerts, fellowship dinners, Scouting, community educational classes, private receptions, Christian schooling, recreational activities, fund raising functions in support of the church ministries (i.e., bake sales, yard sales, etc.), establishing, maintaining and operating buildings, churches, parsonages, schools, chapels, radio stations, rescue missions, homeless assistance programs, mission organizations, nursing homes, retirement communities, home based ministries, small group studies in private or public facilities, and any other outreach to which the church may be led by God.

ARTICLE III - STATEMENT OF FAITH

1.  Authority.  We believe that the Holy Bible is the final authority in faith and practice.  This church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is silent.  Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible.  We believe that every Christian's purpose in life is to glorify God, grow in Christ, and help others to grow towards Christ. (1 Cor. 4:2; 10:31; Col. 1:28; 1 Tim. 6:6-9; Heb. 10:24-25; 1 Pet. 1:14-15; 2 Pet. 3:18)

2.  The Bible.  We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, complete as the revelation of God's will for salvation, and supreme and final authority in faith and life. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21)

3.  The Trinity.  We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. (Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19)

4.  God the Father.  We believe in God the Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.  We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from eternal death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 16:23-27; Gal. 4:4-6; Eph. 1:3, 17-23)

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5.  God the Son.  We believe in Jesus Christ, God's eternal Son.  He is fully God and fully man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  We believe that He lived a sinless life on earth and died a substitutionary death on the cross,that His sacrifice for the sins of all men satisfied God's justice, and that all who believe in Him are freed from the penalty of sin and made acceptable before God on the grounds of His sin-payment and His righteousness.  We believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, his current ministry of intercession on behalf of His people, and His eminent visible return from heaven.  (Matt. 1:18-23; Luke 24:1-8; John 1:1, 14; Acts 1:11; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Heb. 4:14-16; 1 John 2:1; Rev. 19, 20)

6.  God the Holy Spirit.  We believe in the Holy Spirit.  He is fully God, sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply the saving work of Christ to men.  He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them recognition of their need of a Saviour, and brings rebirth and renewal to them.  At the point of salvation, He permanently indwells every believer, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for building up the Church, Christ’s body, and produces the spiritual fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  (Matt. 28:19-20; John 3:5; Acts 1:8; 5:3-4; 1 Cor. 6:11, 19; 12:4-13; Gal. 5:22,23; Eph. 3:6; 4:11-16; 1 Pet. 4:10)

7.  God’s Eternal Purpose.  We believe God’s eternal purpose began before the beginning of the universe. God’s purpose for mankind is for someone from every tribe, tongue, nation and people to worship him forever more.  God’s eternal purpose includes us being intimately involved in His purposes.  To that end no greater purpose exists than to know God and to make Him known.  God is a jealous God who is rightfully given the glory due Him when His Creation is redeemed through His Son, Jesus Christ.  (Rev. 5:9; 7:9; Psalm 67:1-7; Gen. 12:1-3)

8.  Man.  We believe that God wonderfully and immutably created each person as male or female, in the image of God and free from sin (Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:18-24; Psalm 139:13-16).  We believe that God created marriage to be a lifelong commitment and holy covenant, exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union.  (Gen. 2:21-24; 1 Cor. 6:18, 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4).  We believe that men are sinners because of the Fall and because of their own choices in life and are therefore spiritually separated from God. (Gen. 3; Rom. 3:23).  We believe that those who repent and trust Christ for salvation are born again spiritually by the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 5:12-21, 6:23, 10:9-10; John 3:5-8).  

9.  Salvation.  We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  We believe that salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, was paid for by Christ on the cross, is received by faith, and cannot be earned through good works, rituals or Church membership.  We also believe that salvation produces a desire to become more like Christ in character and purpose and will at death, lead to eternal life in heaven.  (1 Tim. 2:4-5; John 1:12; 3:3-7; 5:24; Tit. 3:5; Eph. 2:8-10; Rom. 113:8-10)

10. The Church.  We believe that the Church is a spiritual body with Jesus Christ as its head.  We believe the Church is made up of all those who have trusted Christ as their Savior and Lord.  We believe that Scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of believers’ baptism and communion as the ordinances established by Jesus Christ, fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world.  We also believe in the interdependence of local churches and mutual submission of believers to each other and their spiritual leaders.  We believe that each local church is self-governing in function, and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority.  We believe that every person is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life.  We also believe that Scripture teaches faithful stewardship of God’s resources. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2:41-47; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Eph. 5:21; Col. 1:18; Heb. 10:24-25; 13:17; Matt. 22:21; Rom. 13:1; 1 Tim. 2:1-6)

11. Last Things.  We believe there will be a resurrection of the body for all men and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual.  Unbelievers will be eternally separated from God and believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life.  (John 5:29; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 15:1-58; 2 Cor. 5:8, 10; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 John 8; Rev. 19-20)

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ARTICLE IV - CHURCH OPERATIONS

Section 1 - Authority:

        The spiritual authority within the Church and the practical operations of the church shall be entrusted to the Board of Elders and the final authority rests with the membership of New Hope Church as delineated in the Bylaws.

        

Section 2 - Affiliation:

        New Hope Church is an independent, self-governing church that is at the time of the adoption of this constitution affiliated with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A.  This affiliation does not necessarily imply support or agreement with all American Baptist programs, activities or beliefs.  A two-thirds vote of the active membership must be obtained in order to withdraw from this body.  The Church recognizes its relationship with any ecclesiastical entity as voluntary and the action of any ecclesiastical entity shall not be binding upon this Church except by the will of the Church.

Section 3 - Membership:

        Any person professing faith in Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, who holds the Scriptures as his all-sufficient basis of faith and practice, may be admitted into membership of this church by profession of faith and baptism as detailed in the Bylaws.

Section 4 - Bylaws:

        The Bylaws of New Hope Church shall provide additional detail regarding the regular practice and day to day operations of the Church.  The Bylaws shall remain more easily changed and provide greater flexibility in its application than does the Constitution.

ARTICLE V - AMENDMENTS

The Church Constitution may be amended at a special or annual business meeting by a two-thirds vote of the qualified members present and voting, provided that such changes have been reviewed by the Board of Elders, filed with the church Clerk, and notice of such meeting including the nature of the proposed amendments, is announced from the pulpit on three consecutive Sundays prior to the scheduled meeting.

ARTICLE VI - DURATION

This corporation shall be in existence until such time that it is dissolved under provisions of Article VII.

ARTICLE VII - DISSOLUTION

In the event of the dissolution on this corporation, the assets of this corporation shall be applied and distributed as directed by the Board of Elders as follows:

A.        All liabilities shall be paid or adequate provisions shall be made for such liabilities of the corporation.

B.        Any assets of the corporation held on condition requiring return, transfer or conveyance, which condition occurs by reason of dissolution, shall be returned, transferred or conveyed in accordance with such requirement.

C.        The remaining assets, if any, shall be distributed only to recipients that reflect the principles and beliefs of this church.

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