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Our Purpose:
To give visible form to that faith and fellowship to which God has called His people in Jesus Christ. We acknowledge ourselves to be a local congregation to the universal church in and through which Jesus Christ continues to minister the world. We shall seek to fulfill this calling through worship services, programs of Christian nurture that shall build up our members in their faith and love, through proclamation of the Gospel by word and deed, and through ministering to human need and suffering in the name of Christ.

Our Authority:
Recognizing Jesus Christ as the only head of the Church, this congregation shall seek to ascertain and to obey the will of our Lord in all matters of faith and practice as revealed in the Scriptures and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Authority to reach decisions for governing the affairs of this church being given to us by Christ, we hold that such authority and responsibility is vested in the active membership of the congregation.

Our Affiliation:
In carrying out the wider ministry for which Christ has made His Church responsible, we shall maintain affiliation and cooperation with the American Baptist Churches of The Great Rivers region, American Baptist Churches in the USA, and the Baptist World Alliance.

Our Doctrine:
This church accepts the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as the inspired record of God's revelatory actions in human history and as the authoritative basis for its doctrine and practice.


   
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