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ABOUT US

What We Believe

CONSTITUTION

PREAMBLE

We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith

and to govern the body in an orderly manner. This constitution will preserve the liberties of

each individual church member and the freedom of action of this body in relation to other

churches.

I. NAME

This body shall be known as the Macedonia Baptist Church of Petal, located at 609 Macedonia

Road, Petal, Mississippi 39465.

II. OBJECTIVES

The objective of this church shall be the worship of God, the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus

Christ, the administration of the ordinances of the New Testament, the religious training and the

Spiritual development of its members, the conversion of the world to Christ through systematic

support of missions, and the furtherance of the Kingdom of God through such activities and

organization as may seem necessary. The goal of Macedonia Baptist Church is to be a church

which ministers unselfishly to persons in the community and the world in Jesus’ name.

III. STATEMENT OF BASIC BELIEFS

We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired word of God and the basis for our beliefs. This church

subscribes to the doctrinal statement of the BAPTIST FAITH AND MESSAGE as adopted by the

Southern Baptist Convention in 2000. We voluntarily band ourselves together as a body of

baptized believers in Jesus Christ, personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to

lost mankind. The ordinances of the church are believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

IV. CHURCH COVENANT

Having been led as we believe by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and

Savior and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of

the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God and this assembly most solemnly

and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for

the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and

spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, doctrines, and discipline; to contribute cheerfully

and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and

the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and personal devotions; to religiously educate our children; to

seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just

in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling,

backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of and use of intoxicating drinks as a

beverage; to use our influence to combat the abuse of drugs and the spread of pornography; and to

be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.

We moreover engage to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember one another in

prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and

Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and

mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.

We moreover engage that when we move from this church we will, as soon as possible, unite with

some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s

Word.

V. MISSION STATEMENT

We are a body of believers in God the father, through Jesus Christ His Son, therefore we accept

Christ’s Great Commission for our lives while here on earth.

Thus, our mission is to love our Savior and all mankind; to preach, teach, and worship God according

to the teachings of the Bible; to help tell the people of the world about Jesus, desiring that all might

be saved; to enjoy our church family, worship, and fellowship; and to always be mindful of the needs

of others.

LOVE

To represent the love of Christ in all we do and to provide an atmosphere of Christ-like love that is

visible to our community through each member. To provide the truth of the Gospel through Christ-like

love and the teaching of His Word to the people in our church, our community and the world.

MINISTER

To minister to the spiritual and physical needs of our people, the community, and the world in which

we live and serve.

EDUCATE

To educate all people in God’s Word and His commandments and admonish them to walk in them.

PROCLAIM

To worship together in love and oneness of spirit, praising and glorifying God and to proclaim the

Gospel of Jesus Christ to our community and to the world, in cooperation with other churches in the

Body of Christ.

VI. POLITY AND RELATIONSHIPS

The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose it. Persons duly

received by the members shall constitute the membership.

All internal groups created and empowered by the church shall report to and be accountable only to

the church, unless otherwise specified by church action.

This church is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains the

obligations of mutual council and cooperation which are common among Baptist churches. Insofar as

is practical, this church will cooperate with and support the Pine Belt Baptist Association, the

Mississippi Baptist State Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention.

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