Constitution

Preamble: We the members of Community Bible Church, in order to carry out more effectively the commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ, do establish the following Constitution to which we voluntarily submit ourselves:  
 
ARTICLE I: FORMATION
A.  Name: The name of this church shall be Community Bible Church
 
B.  Founded in prayer: July, 1991
 
C.  Incorporation: The incorporation of this church took place August, 1992
 
D. Address: 1369 Knox Highway 8, Knoxville, IL 61448
 

ARTICLE II: AUTHORITY AND AFFILIATION This church is independent and self-governing and is not affiliated with any other denomination.   ARTICLE III: PURPOSE Community Bible Church exists to glorify God by fulfilling three important goals:

A.  Through worship – both inside the church and externally
 
B.  Through ministry – ministering to one another as the body of Christ and to the world lost in sin
 
C.  Fulfilling the Great Commission according to Matthew 28:19-21
 

ARTICLE IV: DOCTRINAL STATEMENT What We Believe:

A.  The divine inspiration of the Bible that it is inerrant in the original writings, and is of supreme and final authority in faith and practice.
 
B.  One God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
 
C.  The creation of man in the divine image, man’s subsequent fall through sin, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity therefore of redemption and restoration.
 
D.  The deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, perfect life, redeeming death, bodily resurrection, heavenly intercession, and His personal return.
 
E.  The personality of the Holy Spirit by Whose regenerative work sinful man is born again, and by Whose indwelling, regenerate man is enabled to live a godly life.
 
F.  The bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost.
 
G.  The spiritual unity of all believers as comprising the true Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to all mankind.
 
H.  Marriage is ordained of God between one man and one woman and is further a human object lesson of a divine relationship (Genesis 2:18-25); (Ephesians 5:31-33) and (Hebrews 13:4).
 
I.  The need to observe Holy Communion on a regular basis to commemorate and remember the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for all humanity.
 
J.  Water Baptism after coming to know Jesus Christ as one’s personal Savior through forgiveness of sins and faith in that inward work. This is an outward testimony of an inward change through the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
  ARTICLE V:  MEMBERSHIP 
 
Any person who confesses faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; who accepts the Constitution and By-Laws of this body, hereafter referred to as ‘the Church;’ and who signs the membership covenant may qualify for membership.  
 
ARTICLE VI:  PROPERTY
 
Section 1
 
This church shall have the power to receive, either by gift or purchase, and to hold such real, personal or mixed property as is authorized by the laws of the State of Illinois and is deemed necessary for the business of the Church, and it shall have the power to dispose of such property by mortgaged, deed or otherwise. All such property shall be held in the name of the Church. All purchases, sales or leases pertaining to the real property shall be approved by the Church membership.
 
Section 2
 
In case of a division of the Church (from which we pray God by His mercy to preserve us), the property of the Church shall belong to those who abide by its Constitution and By-Laws.
 
Section 3
 
In the event of the dissolution of this Church, all property belonging to said Church, real, personal, chattel or mixed and wherever situated, shall be conveyed and transferred by the Church Elder Board to any successor Christian or charitable organization agreed upon by the Church Elder Board.
 
Section 4
 
The church shall be considered dissolved if so decided by the Church itself, or when the Church has not held an annual meeting for 3 successive years or when fewer than six (6) members remain.  
 
ARTICLE VII: AMENDMENTS
 
Amendments to this Constitution must be submitted to the members and adopted as a preliminary step at a quarterly or special business meeting of the Church at least 1 month prior to the annual business meeting. At the succeeding annual business meeting, amendments can be voted on and must receive the affirmative vote of three-fourths of the membership present and voting.
 
Amended September 2015