About Grace



We declare and establish this constitution to preserve and secure the principles of our faith, to enable the body to function in an orderly manner consistent with the accepted tenets of Southern Baptist churches and for the purpose of preserving the liberties inherent in each individual member of this church and the freedom of action of this body with respect to its relation to other churches of the same faith. 


It is the intent and purpose of this body to cooperate in the efforts of the Santee Baptist Association, the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention.


                                                                      I.  NAME


This body shall be known as Grace Baptist Church of Sumter, South Carolina.


                                                                  II.  PURPOSE


The purpose of Grace Baptist Church shall be to provide regular opportunities of worship; to promote Christian fellowship and growth among its members; to sustain the ordinances, doctrines, and ethics set forth in the New Testament for the church of our Lord Jesus Christ; to nurture its members through a program of Christian education; to be a church that ministers unselfishly to persons in the community and world in Jesus' name; to be a church whose purpose is to be Christ-like in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment of life, personality, and possessions to the Lordship of Christ; to channel its offerings to the support of God's work, and to proclaim among all people the Gospel of the revelation of God through Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord as set forth in the Holy Scriptures.


                                                          III.  INCORPORATION


This church is incorporated in accordance with the laws of the State of South Carolina governing religious bodies.


                                                      IV.  CHURCH COVENANT


Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of 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 a 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, discipline, and doctrines;


To contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spreading of the Gospel through all nations.


We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children in Baptist doctrines; to seek the salvation of the unsaved;


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 avoid all habits, abuses or excesses harmful to our spiritual, mental or physical selves; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.


We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer, and 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 Saviour to secure it without delay.


We, moreover, engage that when we remove from this place 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.  ARTICLES OF FAITH


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

1. We believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given in inspiration of          God; are the revealed will of God; and make known the only way of life everlasting.  We believe in the virgin birth of Christ.  (II Timothy 3:15-17; Proverbs 30:5, John 2:47; Matthew 1:21-23; Luke 1:26-27)

2. We believe there is but one true and living God, a Spirit infinite in being, and perfect; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; each possessing the whole divine essence, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the work of redemption.  (John 4:34; Mark 12:30; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Ephesians 2:18; II Corinthians 13:14)


3. We believe God created man holy under a law which, had it been obeyed would have secured to him eternal life; by voluntary disobedience he fell from his holy state, and, in consequence, spiritual, temporal and eternal death has been entailed upon the human race; and that while there is no way to escape temporal death, there is a deliverance from the spiritual and eternal death through the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 3:6-24; Romans 5:19; Isaiah 53:6; Ephesians 2:1-3)

4. We believe that salvation is wholly of grace through faith, procured in no part by any works or merit on our part, but solely by the atonement and righteousness of Christ.  We believe our redemption is through the blood of Christ.  (Ephesians 2:8; John 3:16; Isaiah 53:4-5; Hebrews 7:25; Colossians 1:14; I Peter 1:18-19; Hebrews 9:22; Ephesians 1:7)


5. We believe in personal and eternal election according to the everlasting love and purpose of God.  (II Timothy 1:8; II Thessalonians 2:13-14; Romans 8:28-31)


6. We believe that justification is God's gracious and full acquittal from all sin of sinners who believe in Christ, through the atonement that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them, but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.


7. We believe that none is saved without regeneration; that this spiritual rebirth is the work of the Holy Spirit, in connection with the word of God; that it consists of creating spiritual life within he soul, and manifests itself in faith, repentance and holiness of conduct.  (John 3:3, 6-8; II Corinthians 5:17; I John 5:1)


8. We believe that sanctification is the work of the Spirit of God, carried on by means of the truth in the hearts of his people, which makes them partakers of his holiness; that this work is progressive, and is begun in regeneration, securing to believers final victory over sin and death, and perfect fitness for the eternal inheritance with God.  (I Thessalonians 4:3; Proverbs 4:18; Romans 8:5; Philippians 2:12-13)


9. We believe in the final perseverance of all saints.  (John 8:31; I John 2:19; Romans 8:18; Philippians 1:6; John 10:27-30)


10. We believe that a visible church is a congregation of baptized believers, united for the purpose of worshipping God, and promoting the cause of true religion, in accordance with the revealed laws and ordinances of the Gospel.  (I Corinthians 1:1-13; Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:2; Matthew 28:19-20; Philippians 1:1,27)


11. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:4; Acts 2:41-42)


12. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted in holy remembrance of Christ and is, in no sense, a sacrifice but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship.  This ordinance is open to all who confess Christ, as Lord and Saviour.  (I Corinthians 11:26; Acts 2:41-42)


13. We believe there will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust.  (Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:12-58; Daniel 12:2; John 11:25-26)


14. We believe that at the return of Christ there will be a judgment; that at that day all mankind shall appear before the tribunal of Christ; that the wicked shall be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to everlasting joy, upon the principles of eternal justice.  (Acts 17:30-31; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 22:11; II Peter 3:11-12)


15. We believe in the imminent return of Christ to the earth.  "Surely I come quickly.  Even so come, Lord Jesus."  (Acts 1:10-11; Revelation 22:20)



                                            VI. PRINCIPLES BY WHICH WE LIVE


                                              1. Separation of church and state.

                                         2. Absolute autonomy of a local church.

                       3. Freedom of every minister of preaching his convictions.

                               4. Winning the world to Christ as our primary task.


Last Published: December 23, 2013 2:19 PM
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