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RIVERVIEW COMMUNITY CHURCH

3870 State Route 110

Tippecanoe, IN 46570

 

CONSTITUTION

(Articles of Incorporation)

ARTICLE 1 – NAME

 

Section A.  This organization shall be named the RIVERVIEW COMMUNITY CHURCH.

 

Section B.  The organization shall be and remain independent. This organization acknowledges only the Lord Jesus Christ as its Head; the Holy Scriptures as the only infallible guide in matters of faith, discipline and order; the Holy Spirit as its Teacher; and is not and never shall be amenable to or under the jurisdiction or supervision of any other ecclesiastical body of any kind or nature whatsoever. It may associate in fellowship with those of like faith and practice, and may declare itself in agreement with others in a common cause. Under no circumstances shall such association or agreement ever be construed as bringing this organization under the authority of any person, group, or body outside itself. In the event of an attempt to interpret its association or agreement as bringing it under authority to any person, group or body outside itself, the original action or actions which declare such association or agreement shall immediately and automatically be deemed null and void.

 

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE

 

Section A.  The purpose of this organization is to preach the Gospel in order to win the lost; to exhort, discipline and train believers in order to bring them to spiritual maturity; to worship God together in Spirit and in Truth; to show forth Christ to our neighbors and others through holy, Christ-centered lives; and to support and encourage missionary outreach with those who share these goals.

 

Section B.  The purpose is to glorify God through public worship services and through individual lives.

 

Section C.  The purpose is to win the lost of the world to Christ by maintaining a local ministry, ordaining ministers, and through personal witnessing, and by extending our ministry throughout the world by sending forth missionaries, by praying for missionaries, and by supporting missionaries through our giving.

 

Section D.  The purpose is to build up the believers in the Faith by providing them with sound Gospel teaching in the Word of God, in the pulpit, through the Sunday School and other organizations of the church.

 

Section E.  The purpose is to keep the church holy and pure by exercising Biblical procedures.

 

ARTICLE III--DOCTRINE

 

Section A.  The Holy Scriptures

 

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed.  2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Mat. 5:18; John 16:12-13.

 

Section B.  The Godhead

 

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and are worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience.  Deut. 6:4; Mat. 3:16-17; 28:19-20; Mark 12:29; John 1:1-14; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb 1:1-3; Acts 5:3-4.

 

Section C.  Person and Work of Christ

 

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men.  John 1:1-14; Luke 1:25.

 

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice; that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.  Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5.

 

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.  Acts 1:9-10; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1-2.

 

We believe in the “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; in His subsequent return to earth with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom.  Zech. 14:4-11; 1 Thes. 1:10; 5:9; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6.

 

Section D. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He is the supernatural Agent of regeneration, and simultaneous with regeneration baptizes all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.  John 16:8-11; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13-14.

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.  John 16:13; Eph. 5:18; 1 John 2:27, 29.

 

Section E.  The Total Depravity of Man

 

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God; that man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.  Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 12.

 

Section F.  Salvation

 

We believe that salvation is the gift of God, brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.  Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; John 1:12; 1 Pet. 1:18-19.

 

Section G.  Everlasting Safety of Believers

 

We believe that all, once born again by the Spirit of God, are kept by God’s power alone and are thus secure in Christ forever, sealed by the Holy Spirit, who is the down-payment of our inheritance.  Eph. 1:13-14; John 3:15-16; 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 35-39; Jude 24-25; Phil. 1:6; 1 Pet. 1:3-5.

 

We believe that it is the privilege of the believer to rejoice in the assurance of his salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for careless living.  Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Eph. 4:1; 1 John 2:1-2; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 8:5; John 8:31, 34; Heb. 10:26-31; 1 John 2:6; 3:3, 6-10.

 

Section H.  The Two Natures of the Believer

 

We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are un-Scriptural.  Rom. 6:13; 8:12-13; Gal. 5:16-25; 8:12-13; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:19; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9.

 

Section I.  Separation

 

We believe that all the saved are responsible to live godly, consistent Christian lives without bringing reproach upon their Saviour and Lord; that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded by God. We further believe that the Scripture plainly teaches that those who are born again should not marry or have other entangling alliances with unbelievers.  Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11.

 

Section J.  Missions

 

We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Holy Scripture. It is the duty and privilege of the Church to take the Word of God to all the world, using sound missionary agencies and whatever media God may make available. We further believe that it is the responsibility of the Church to pray for laborers to be sent to the mission fields, to support them financially and to pray for their ministry and their safety.  Mat. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:19-20; Mat. 9:36-38; 2 Thes. 3:1-2; Eph. 6:18-20.

 

Section K.  The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

 

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established.  1 Cor. 12:14; 2 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12.

 

We believe that God does heed and answer the prayer of faith in accord with His own will for the sick and afflicted.  John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15.

 

Section L. The Church

 

We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again believers of the present age which began on the day of Pentecost.  Acts 2:1-4; Mat. 16:18; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27.

 

We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.  Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-11.

 

Section M.  The Ordinances

 

We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ has left the ordinances of Baptism, the mode of which shall be by immersion, and Communion to be observed by the church in commemoration of His person and word.  Mat. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:8; 1 Cor. 11:2, 23-26.

 

Section N.  The Personality of Satan

 

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.  Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Mat. 4:2-11; Rev. 20:10.

 

Section O. The Eternal State

 

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.  Mat. 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-15.

 

We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.  Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phi. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thes 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6.

 

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when soul and body are reunited and they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment. They shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment.  Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thes. 1:7-9; Rev. 20:11-15.