*DRAFT* Article 2: Purpose

2. Purpose.

2.1. General Purpose. The Church is organized and operated following general purposes:

2.1.1. To exercise all of the rights, powers, duties, and authority of a Baptist Church.

2.1.2. Exclusively for religious, charitable, and educational purposes within the meaning of §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (as amended) or the corresponding provision of any future United States internal revenue law, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations which are recognized as exempt from tax under such §501(c)(3).

2.1.3. To exercise such of the rights, powers, duties, and authority of a nonprofit religious corporation organized under the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code, which are consistent with the preceding paragraph.

2.2. Specific Purpose. We recognize a Baptist Church to be an organized body of Baptist believers, equal in rank and privilege, democratic in spirit and principles of government, absolutely independent in administering its own affairs and acknowledging the headship of Jesus Christ, united in beliefs at what He taught, and bounded in covenant together to do what He has commanded, voluntarily cooperating with other like Baptist bodies in the missionary enterprises of spreading the Gospel throughout the whole world. To that end, the Church is united by the grace of God in Christian experience and doctrinal belief. The members of this Church recognize and receive Jesus Christ as Supreme Lord and Lawgiver and the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God, and agree to accept it as their only rule of faith and practice. We believe the specific purposes of the Church include, without limitation, the following:

2.2.1. Worship. The maintenance of the Worship of God and the observance of the Christian ordinances.

2.2.2. Ministry. To care for and meet both the corporeal and spiritual needs of the lost at home and abroad, leading to evangelism toward their salvation in Jesus Christ.

2.2.3. Evangelism. The promotion and advancement of Christ’s kingdom throughout the world, obeying His command to, “Go and make disciples.”

2.2.4. Fellowship. To encourage, edify, and be a Church Family to members who have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, accepted the ordinance of Baptism, and who may subsequently share in the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper.

2.2.5. Discipleship. The study of Christian principles and the practice of the Christian life as revealed and taught in the Holy Bible.