KNBC stands for.....

Statement of faith (Doctrine)

1. The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture, as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

2. The unity, equality and individual personality of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.

3. The sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement.

4. The full deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, his incarnation and virgin birth, and his real and sinless humanity.

5. The personality of Satan, the arch-enemy of God and man.

6. The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the Fall, rendering man subject to Godís wrath and condemnation, and his total inability to save himself, apart from the intervention of the only mediator, Jesus Christ.

7. Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin and from the dominion of Satan only through the sacrificial death (as our representative and substitute) of Jesus Christ.

8. The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and his ascension to the right hand of the Father, his present intercessory ministry as great high priest, and his future personal return and universal reign.

9. The necessity of the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective to the individual sinner, convicting him of sin, granting him repentance towards God and faith in Jesus Christ.

10. The indwelling and continuous work of the Holy Spirit in every believer.

11. The resurrection of the body, the judgement of mankind by our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal blessedness in Heaven of the redeemed and the eternal banishment of the lost in Hell.

12. The one, holy, universal church, which is the Body of Christ, and to which all true believers belong.

13. The local church as a called-out community of born-again believers, with the liberty to order its life as the Holy Spirit will guide through the Scriptures, and enjoying fellowship with all those who love our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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Church Covenant

1. The Christian religion being a way of life, I promise, by the help of the Holy Spirit, to live as directed by God's Word.

2. Jesus Christ is Lord and King, and so I promise to do all that I can for his sake, accepting any responsibility or service which I am deemed worthy to bear by the church.

3. It is needful to cultivate the Christian life, and so I promise to present myself at the services of worship, realising the importance of the prayer meeting, and putting away all idle excuses and self-justification.

4. It is necessary to live the Christian life within the fellowship, and so I promise to be slow either to give or take offence, and to love the brotherhood, to forgive when offended, and to seek forgiveness when I give offence, accepting the words of our Lord in Matthew 18:15-17.

5. The church is a separate fellowship, and so I promise to keep the particular affairs of the church within the church and to respect those who lead in the life of the church.

6. Jesus Christ gave himself with unstinting love, a sacrifice for me, and so I promise to generously support his church, recognising that Jesus Christ has a claim on all I possess.

7. I promise to make the Bible my rule of faith and conduct, to read and study it, and to seek all spiritual guidance in its light.

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Church Constitution

(adopted on 25th September 1985)

(Revised 1991) Preamble: The Trust Deed, dated 21st. October 1846, which established the Church, says: "being independent as to Church discipline and maintaining the Doctrines of One living and true God three equal persons in the Godhead, eternal and personal election, original sin, particular redemption, free justification by the righteousness of Christ imputed, the law of God a perfect rule for the conduct of believers, the final perseverance of the saints, the resurrection unto eternal life, the future judgement and the eternal happiness of the righteous and the everlasting misery of such as die impenitent, and also administering the ordnance of baptism by immersion to such only as are of years of understanding upon their own confession of repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ....."

1. Name of Church

The name of the Church is "King's Norton Baptist Church". It is affiliated to the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland. The Trustees of the Church are the West Midland Baptist Association.

2. Membership

2.1 Membership shall be open to born-again believers who accept this document as the Constitution, Doctrinal Basis and Covenant of the church. Applicants for membership shall be visited by the elders or their representatives, who shall give a report to a church members' meeting. Alternatively, a letter of commendation shall be received from an applicant's previous church. Acceptance into membership shall be subject to the approval of the church meeting.
2.2 Responsibilities of church members shall include:
2.2.1 to attend faithfully church services and meetings (Heb 10:25)
2.2.2 to be willing for some specific service within the life and work of the church, according to a member's recognised gifts and abilities. (Rom 12:3-8, Eph 4:11-16, I Cor 12:13-31.)
2.2.3 to contribute financially, regularly, according to their ability, to the maintenance of the church's ministry, the church relying on the direct giving of its members (Mic 3:10, 2 Cor 8&9, I Tim 5:17-18).
2.2.4 to attend church members' meetings where possible, and to seek the will of God regarding church business along with other members present.
2.3 Who is a member?
2.3.1. A membership roll shall be maintained and shall be periodically reviewed by the elders.
2.3.2. Membership shall usually be for life or until the member formally transfers membership to another church. However it is recognised that members may become unwilling to comply with the responsibilities of membership including those laid down in 2.2. In such instances, those members should be visited by the elders or their representatives in order, if possible, to restore them to fellowship. Removal from the membership roll shall be subject to the approval of the church meeting.
2.4 There shall be a category of Associate Member for those temporarily resident in the area (e.g. students). Associate members shall be accepted into membership on the same basis as ordinary members, and shall have the same privileges and obligations, except that they shall not vote at church members' meetings.

3. Ordinances (or Sacraments)

The church recognises two ordinances as instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ: Baptism, and the Lord's Supper.
3.1 Baptism is not essential to salvation, but it is clearly taught in Scripture as a command of Christ for every believer. It signifies the separation of the believer from the world and his/her identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection to newness of life. For this reason, immersion in water is considered the most appropriate mode of baptism. Candidates for baptism shall be those who have repented of their sin and made a profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. (Matt 28:19, Acts 2:38-41, Rom 6:3ff)
3.2 The Lord's Supper is a memorial feast, serving as a continual reminder of his sufferings and death on our behalf and as an expression of the unity of his church as one body in him. It shall be observed regularly at least monthly. The Lord's table is open to all who profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who are looking to him alone for their salvation, and who approach the Lord's supper in a worthy manner. (Luke 22:14-20, I Cor 10:16-17, I Cor 11:23ff.)

4. Offices

The church recognises two offices in the local church, as taught in the New Testament: Elder, and Deacon.

4.1 Elder

4.1.1. Elders, including the pastor or minister, shall be men from the membership of the church of appropriate Christian maturity who, fulfil the qualifications set out in I Tim
3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 .
4.1.2. Elders shall give themselves to prayer and to the study and ministry of the Scriptures, and as under-shepherds they shall have responsibility for: visitation of members; spiritual rule of the church; encouragement of the gifts and abilities of members; exercise of discipline; maintenance of sound doctrine in all teaching and preaching. (Acts 6:4, 20:28, Heb 13:17, I Pet 5:1-5.)
4.1.3. A prospective candidate for eldership shall after wide consultation be made known by the existing eldership to the church meeting. Any member feeling unable to join the church in recognition of the prospective elder must make his reasons known to the elders within twenty-eight days. Unless valid Biblical reasons are furnished against his appointment, the elders shall then set him apart to that work before the Church (see I Timothy 5:19.) If reasons are given to the elders and the elders cannot agree or the reasons given are not valid Biblically, the elders shall bring the question of recognition to the attention of church members in a church members' meeting and the church members can express their support for the recognition of new elders by a vote. It is recognised that valid Biblical reasons as to why the proposed elder should not be set apart for the work may not become apparent until after the initial appointment. Therefore, opportunity should be given to the membership at regular intervals of 3 years to furnish such reasons to the other elders within 28 days of the opportunity being made known at a church meeting. If an elder does not conform to the Scriptural standard, the Biblical reasons shall be put before a church meeting and the elder may be dismissed by the church members' meeting. Should there be occasion where no elders exist within the church, the Superintendent of West Midlands Baptist Association or a representative of that office bearer would normally assume the responsibilities of eldership within the church until such time as elders are appointed in accordance with 4.1.3. and above.
4.1.4. A candidate for pastor shall be nominated by the elders and appointed if he receives a clear mandate in a church meeting. A candidate in membership with another church shall first be commended by that church to the pastorate at King's Norton Baptist Church.

4.2 Deacon

4.2.1 Deacons shall be members of the church who fulfil the qualifications set out in I Tim 3:8-12. who are filled with the Holy Spirit and whose godly life is known to all.
4.2.2 Deacons shall be appointed to administer the church's property, finances, organisations and the church's responsibility for the material needs of church members, and to assist the elders.
4.2.3 Candidates for deacon shall be nominated by two church members. Notice of election shall be given at least two weeks in advance of a church members' meeting. Deacons shall be appointed if they receive at least two thirds of the votes cast at a church meeting. The period of office of a deacon shall be three years; he/she shall be eligible for re-election. He/she may be dismissed in the interim by a two-thirds majority of those voting at a church members' meeting.

5. Church Members' Meetings

5.1 Church members' meetings for the transaction of church business shall be held at least four times a year.
5.2 The quorum at church meetings shall be one-third of the current membership.
5.3. The business transacted at a church members' meeting shall be deemed private. Members shall be given proper notice of a meeting and an agenda, not later than the Sunday preceding that meeting., so that they may prayerfully consider the business to be transacted. Items for inclusion on the Agenda may come from the elders or deacons, by notice given at a previous church meeting; or by notice given at the commencement of a meeting, provided it is accepted by a majority of the members present at the meeting. Matters to be brought to a church meeting may be submitted by members to elders or deacons at any time.
5.4. Reports on the work of the church, including the audited financial accounts of the church, shall be presented annually to a church members' meeting.
5.5. Because the Church Meeting, having a spiritual responsibility, meets to find God's will, and recognising that the members shall be of one mind and in the spirit, voting will normally be open. However, it is recognised that there may be occasions when voting might be more appropriately carried out secretly and it shall be so carried out if a majority open vote firstly deems it appropriate.

6. Organisations

6.1 All organisations using the church's name or purporting to be run on behalf of the church shall be subject to the control of the church through its officers.
6.2 Reports on organisations' work, including financial reports, shall be presented annually to a church members' meeting.

7. Alterations

No alterations shall be made to this Constitution, including its appendices, except by a two-thirds majority vote at a church members' meeting, with at least two weeks' notice having been given of any proposed alteration.

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