•We believe in only one true and living God, by whom all things were created, and by whom all things consist. (1 John 5:7) •We believe that God created man good, able to stand but liable to fall, and that man by sin and transgression, fell from this pure estate, and brought himself under condemnation and death, and that man is wholly unable to deliver himself from this condition. (1 Corinthians 15:22, Romans 3:10, John 6:44) •We believe that God chose a people unto salvation, or eternal life, and that this choice was eternal, particular, and unconditional. (Ephesians 1:4-5, John 10:27-29, John 6:39-44, 2 Timothy 1:9) •We believe that God was in Christ, and that by the sacrifice of Jesus all whom God chose unto salvation were forever redeemed from the curse of the law and are made righteous in Him. (Hebrews 2:13-15, Ephesians 1:6, Colossians 2:10, Romans 8:29) •We believe that all who are redeemed by the Son will in time be effectually called by the Holy Spirit, born again, and made partakers in the divine nature. (John6:37, Ephesians 2:1, 1 Corinthians 6:14) •We believe that all who are regenerated (effectually called) will be finally saved; not one can be finally lost. (John 17:12-14, Psalm 37:28) •We believe that the bodies of all men will be resurrected from the grave, and that the joys of the righteous will be eternal and that the punishment of the wicked will be everlasting. (John 5: 28-29) •We believe that all who are called of God are under obligation to to do good works, and that in the keeping of his commandments there is great reward. (Ephesians 2:10) •We believe that baptism and the Lord's supper are ordinances of the Church, and that believers are the proper subjects for baptism, and that immersion is the only mode, and that none except those who have been regularly baptized are to be admitted to the communion table. We believe that it is our duty as the saints to wash each others feet, according to the example given by the Savior. (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, 1 Corinthians 11:24-29, Acts 8:36-38, John 13:1-17) •We believe that the church is the highest ecclesiastical authority on earth, subject to God alone for her acts, and that her form of government is congregational, each member having an equal voice in all her acts. (Colossians 1:18) •We are opposed to declarations of non-fellowship against the Lord's people over matters which no principal is involved, believing such to be unscriptural and destructive to the best interest of the church. •We believe it is the duty of the church to freely and liberally contribute of their carnal things to the support of the ministry, and that they may give themselves wholly to the work whereunto God has called them. (1 Corinthians 16:2, Malachi 3:10, Corinthians 9:6-8) •We believe the scripture of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and that they alone are to govern God's people both in faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-18)
Frank Primitive Baptist Church Covenant
Covenant made at Church Constitution on November 29, 1913 State of Georgia, Irwin County Whereas. There is given in the Holy Scriptures, through inspiration by the great head and law giver, Christ Jesus, the Son of God, assurance that He set up His Church on earth and gave it a perfect rule of government and in His Holy commandments to His apostles and ministers, the authority to set up and organize local bodies of Brethren and Sisters who covenant together and desire to be designated as the Church of Christ to show forth His praises.
Therefore in as much as Almighty God by His grace has been pleased to call us (whose names are underneath subscribed) out of darkness into His marvelous light, and all of us having been regularly baptized upon a profession of faith in Christ Jesus and have given ourselves up to the Lord and to one another in a Gospel Church to be governed and guided by a proper discipline agreeable to the word of God. We do in the name of our Lord Jesus and by His assistance covenant and agree to keep up the discipline of the church. We are members in the most brotherly and affectionate manner towards each other, we endeavor to punctually observe the following rule, viz: in brotherly love pray for each other, to watch over one another. That is if we discover anything amiss in a brother to go and tell him of his faults according to the direction given by our Lord and not be whispering and back-biting.
We also agree with God's assistance to attend our meetings, observe the Lord's Day and keep it Holy. Nor absent ourselves from the Communion of The Lord's Table without a lawful excuse. To be ready to communicate to the defraying of the church expense and for the support of the ministry. Not irregular to depart from the fellowship of the church, nor remove to a distant church without a regular dismissal.
The above agreement we do covenant and agree to observe and keep sacred in the name of God and by the assistance of the Holy Trinity. Amen. T.G. E. Paulk, Mrs. Rhonie Paulk, D. A. McCaskill, M.L. Brown, Mrs. M. L. Brown, Mrs. Dora Dorminey, J. A. Royal, Mrs. Ella Royal, W. T. Whitley Sr., Miss Catherine Moore, Miss Ozie Hall, Mrs. Elizabeth Mobley, John Fountain. Mrs. John Fountain, George Brown, H. M. Berry, Mrs. H. M. Berry, C. M. Hall, Mrs. C.M. Hall, J.S. Chafin, Mrs. J. S. Chafin, Mrs, Naunie Harper, Miss Sophronia Whitley, Miss Mary Mansel, Miss Julia Mansel, Horace Paulk, J. B. D. Paulk, Mrs. J. B. D. Paulk, James Whitley, W. T. Whitley Jr , Mrs. W. T. Whitley Jr, Mrs. Della Ewing, E. J. Young, Mrs. E. J. Young