To Beckville First Baptist Church: Dear Brethern: I herewith tender my resignation as Treasurer, effective as of this date. My reasons for offering to resign is that I do not wish to stand in the way of the progress of this church, and there are younger members who could serve efficently. I have served my time, and as well as I knew how, God being my helper H.G.Sparks June 30/52H. G. Sparks June 30-1952 HGS
Articles of Faith
1. We believe that the Holy Bible, written by men divinely inspired and full of unmixed truth, is a perfect rule of faith and practice.
II. We believe in one God - Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
III. We believe that man, once holy, fell by voluntary trangression from that happy state, and is now utterly devoid of holiness.
IV. We believe that sinners are saved by grace alone.
V. We believe that men are justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
VI. We believe that salvation is free to all who will accept the Gospel.
VII. We believe that, except as a man be renewed by the Holy Spirit, he is not qualified or prepared for the kingdom of Christ on earth, or to enjoy his glory hereafter.
VIII. We believe that repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are the duties of every one who hears the Gospel.
IX. We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, by which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners.
X. We believe that sanctification, begun in regeneration, and ever progressive, is the process by which we are made to partake of God's holiness.
XI. We believe in the preservation of the saints; that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
XII. We believe that God's law is the only, the eternal and unchangeable, rule of His church and moral government.
XIII. We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, united in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances and obeying the laws of Christ, and that its officers are pastors and deacons.
XIV. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer, in water, by a properly qualified administrator, into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
XV. We believe that only such as have been properly baptized and received into the fellowship of a regularly organized Baptist Church should partake of the Lord's Supper,
XVI. We believe that the Lord's day or Christian Sabbath should be devoutly observed and sacredly devoted to religious services.
XVII. We believe in the future resurrection of the dead.
XIX. We believe in the final judgment; and that, in that day, the righteous and wicked will be separated forever.
XX. We believe that the righteous will be made happy forever in heaven, and the wicked miserable forever in hell.
Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God. angels, 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, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church and the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret 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 obstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christain [Christian] sympathy in feeling and courtesy of 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.
This is the Church Covenant taken from Pendleton's "Church Manual".