IT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ATTICA TO PROMOTE A BODY OF BELIEVERS WHERE JESUS CHRIST IS HONORED AND GLORIFIED RESULTING IN EVANGELIZING THE LOST, EDIFYING THE BELIEVER, ENERGIZING DAILY LIVES, EQUIPPING FOR SERVICE, AND EXALTING THE NAME OF GOD AND GOD ALONE.
POLICIES OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
USE OF THE CHURCH BUILDINGS
The primary purpose of the church buildings is worship and instruction. The buildings are not to be used for the sale of goods only. The Trustees will consider individual, community, family or group requests for building use. The Trustees are responsible for setting any rental price for building use by families not regularly supporting the Church. Church members and regular supporters need to keep in mind heat expenses and additional janitor expenses involved when using the buildings for family celebrations and make an appropriate donation to the Church.
SHOWERS, ANNIVERSARIES, AND FAREWELLS
The Church buildings are available for such celebrations; however, the Church does not "officially" sponsor any such activities. Friends and family of those involved are encouraged to organize the activity and to arrange for the use of the church hall. Clearance for such activities shall be through the Trustees.
When a married couple in the Church gives birth to or adopts a child, a rose will be given in honor of the child
In the event of a hospitalized illness, the Church will show its concern by sending cards and an appropriate "remembrance" gift. Meals taken into the home may be in lieu of the "remembrance" gift. Those who experience long, confining illnesses in their homes will be assisted from time to time with meals brought in.
The Deaconesses need to be notified of hospitalized or restricting illnesses. Gifts or meals will not usually be given in cases of colds and flu-like illnesses.
SPECIAL MUSIC GUIDELINES
Realizing that anyone who has a part in a public service is seen as an official representative of the Church, we feel that certain care should be taken in selection of those who present special music. Following is a list of guidelines to be used in the selection process:
1. The person's lifestyle should be consistent with the teaching of Scripture and the position our Church has taken. (See Church Covenant) A perfect life is not required, but a desire to grow and a sensitivity to the Lord should be evident.
2. If little is known about the singing ability, style and/or the type of music that will be selected, there should be a hearing and approval prior to the presentation.
3. The person should be in agreement with the Church's Statement of Faith.
4. Should there be a doctrinal difference, the person must agree not to push or encourage practices contrary to our understanding of Scripture.
5. The person should be encouraged to present his message through the song. In most cases there is no need for introductory remarks; however, we recognize that there are occasions when remarks would be appropriate and acceptable.
6. Any invitations to present special music will originate from the Music Committee. Suggestions, therefore, should be made to one of the committee members.
Following an in depth Biblical study of divorce during the years 1982-83, the Deacons of the Church supported the conclusion that, though divorce was permitted by Moses because of sin-hardened hearts, divorce was never ordained by God (Matthew 19:4-6) or anywhere commanded in Scripture. Marriage, from the time of Adam and Eve, was for life (1 Corinthians 7:39).
Because in the New Testament marriage is an illustration of the relationship between Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:22-23), divorce spoils the illustration and changes the picture. Therefore, during this Church age, it is all the more important for Christians to be without fault in this area.
We want couples considering divorce to be reminded that, no matter how bad their situation is, God forgives sin, but He also chastens (Hebrews 12:6, Proverb 29:1), and has ordained the responsibility of discipline in the local Church.(Matthew 18:15-17).
Realizing that divorce is a result of the sin nature (Matthew 19:8, Malachi 2:14-16), we recognize, however, that there will be divorce even in the Christian community. For those who divorce, we see that the Church must meet its responsibility of helping, supporting and providing fellowship.
We understand that Biblically, leadership positions, specifically those of Bishop (Pastor) and Deacon are closed to those who are divorced and those who are divorced and remarried (1 Timothy 3). Not because they are living in sin but because those who lead the Church must be an example of the life made possible by Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.