SPRING HILL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
1381 Old Register Way
Statesboro, GA. 30458
Website: www.springhillmbc.net
Rev. Gregory Thomas, Pastor
Membership Manual

Service Hours:
Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday
Worship every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 11:15 a.m.
Bible Study every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Prayer Meeting every Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m.

Spring Hill is a member of:
Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Association
The General Missionary Baptist Convention of GA INC.
The National Baptist Convention USA INC.

AS A MEMBER OF Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church

I pledge my support,
In giving my presence and also my earnings as the Lord may prosper me.
I further pledge to abstain from all worldly pleasure that will corrupt my life as a Christian or the Body of Christ which I am a member of. I will live such a life as will be profitable to my church and helpful to me as a Christian.

From the Pastor’s Desk
I’m excited that you have chosen to make Spring Hill your Church Family.  Please note that we are a Bible Based Band of Believers, therefore this book does not replaced the Holy Bible, but just a guide.  I hope and pray that this book will be used to strengthen your walk with Christ.  I believe we should make every effort to offer our very best every time we gather.  “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light” Ephesians 5:8. 1 Peter 2:2 refers to a new believer as a “babe” in Christ that must be fed the milk of the word. However, the goal of every believer is to grow beyond the “babe” stage and step into a deeper relationship with Christ that is sustaining. The desire of every Christian should be to grow in the spirit. We should grow stronger in wisdom and in our understanding. We should also gain a greater appreciation for the power of God to direct and influence our lives and invite him to lead us every step of the way. As Christians, our goal is to grow in Christ. Our goal is to be more Christ-like every day. Unlike chronology, spirituality won’t happen over time, it has to be nurtured and developed.  Therefore you should make every effort to be in Sunday School and Bible Study. 
A true measure of our growth spiritually is to measure whether we have grown in grace. To grow in grace with God is to grow in favor with God. How does a child of God gain favor with the Father?
First, by believing in God and in his Son Jesus Christ. But beyond that we gain favor with God by obedience to our parents while we are under their care. We also gain favor with God by avoiding sin, resisting temptation and living the Christian life at home, work, and at school. We know we have grown in the faith when we begin to recognize that everything we have is the result of God’s grace and we have done nothing on our own. It is a good thing to know that you have the grace of God. Our primary focus is to achieve the prize of the high calling of God which is in Jesus Christ. Paul said simply that he was pressing on toward the mark! He chose to focus on Heaven and its promise of joy everlasting! He chose to focus on Jesus and his promise of everlasting life! Walking closer to God helps keep life in focus when the world becomes a blur. Walking close to God builds strength for troublesome times and answers troublesome questions. No wonder the songwriter says, “Just a closer walk with thee. Grant it Jesus if you please, daily walking close to thee. Let it be, dear Lord, let it be!”  Welcome to the Spring Hill Family. Plan your life around Church activities and you will discover that God gives you enough time to accomplish your goals, but we must put God first. Give to Him first and watch the results. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter, or check the church website: www.springhillmbc.net to stay up-to-date on upcoming events, community events, accomplishments, projects and general reporting. Rev. Gregory Thomas




DUTIES of MEMBER
Each member, without exception, is expected to fill his place in Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church through attendance, and also to contribute of his means for the financial support of Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church, according to his ability.  If a member fails or refuses these outlined duties, he becomes a covenant-breaker, and is subject to the discipline of the church.
All should attend the following meetings:
1.Sunday School every Sunday morning at 10:00 A.M.
2.Bible study weekly every Tuesday evening at 7:00 P.M.
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  2 Timothy 2:15
3.    Morning worship at Spring Hill every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 11:15 A.M.
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another:  and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
4.    Prayer Meeting every Tuesday evening at 6:00 P.M.
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” -Ephesians 5:19
“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20
5.   The commemoration of the Lord’s Supper-the bread is a symbol of Jesus’ crucified body, and the grape juice symbolizes His blood.
“For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.” 1 Corinthians 11:26
6.   Every member should know that in the Old Testament, a worshiper was admonished to give God one-tenth of his income, in whatever form it might be, for the work of the Lord.  This was called the tithe.  God teaches us in the New Testament that all we have belongs to him.  We are stewards who manage and control God’s property for Him, and one day we must render Him an account.  Therefore, contribute regularly and systematically as God has blessed you.
“Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” 1 Corinthians 16:2
7.    Upon removal from this place to another town, find a Missionary Baptist church at once.  Tell the Pastor of the church who you are, and try to be acquainted.  The Sunday school or prayer meeting is a better place to get acquainted than the Sunday service.  Write to Spring Hill Missionary Church Secretary for your letter and become a full member of your new church home.
“And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples.” Acts 9:26
“And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.” Acts 9:28

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CHURCH COVENANT
HAVING been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive to Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, 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, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
WE ALSO ENGAGE to maintain family and secret devotion; to educate our children religiously; 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 abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
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 Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, 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.
And now unto him, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, be power and glory forever.  Amen.
Articles of Faith
Article 1: The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end; and truth without any mixture of error, for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Samuel 23:2, 2 Peter 1:21, Acts 1:16, Acts 3:21, John 10:35, Luke 16:29-31, Psalms 119:111, Romans 3:1-2) (2 Timothy 3:15, 1 Peter 1:10-12, Acts 11:14, Romans 1:16, Mark 16:16, John 5:38-39)  (Proverbs 30:5-6, John 17:17, Revelation 22:18-19, Romans 3:4)  (Romans 2:12, John 12:47-48, 1 Corinthians 4:3-4, Luke 10:10-16, Luke 12:47-48) (Philippians 3:16, Ephesians 4:3-6, Philippians 2:1-2, 1 Corinthians 1:10, 1Peter 4:11)  (1 John 4:1, Isaiah 8:20, 1 Thessalonians 5:21, 2 Corinthians 13:5, Acts 17:11, 1 John 4:6, Jude 3:5, Ephesians 6:17, Psalms 119:59-60; Philippians 1:9-11)

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Article 2: The True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, and infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth, inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love, that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, The Son, and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (John 4:24Psalms 147:5; Psalms 83:18; Hebrews 3:4; Romans 1:20; Jeremiah 10:10)   (Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 6:3; 1 Peter 1; Revelation 4:6-8)  (Mark 12:30; Revelation 4:11; Matthew 10:37; Jeremiah 2:12-13) (Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 1 John 5:7) (John 10:30; John 5:17; John 14:23; John 17:5; John 17:10; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11; Philippians 2:5-6)  (Ephesians 2:18); (2 Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 1:4-5)

Article 3: The Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker (1); but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state (2); in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners (3), not by constraint, but choice (4); being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin (5), without defense or excuse (6).  Gen. 1:27, 31; Eccl. 7:29; Acts 16:26; Gen. 2:16; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:19; John 3:6; Psa. 51:5; Rom. 5:15-19; 8:7; Isa. 53:6; Gen. 6:12; Rom. 3:9-18; Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 1:18, 32; 2:1-16; Gal. 3:10; Matt. 20:15; Ezek. 18:19-20; Rom. 1:20; 3:19; Gal. 3:22

Article 4: Of The Way of Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace (1); through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God (2); who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin (3); honored the divine law by his personal obedience (4); and by his death made a full atonement for our sins (5); that having risen from the death, he is now enthroned in heaven (5); and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior (7).  Eph. 2:5; Matt. 18:11; 1 John 4:10; 1 Cor. 3:5-7; Acts 15:11 John 3:16; 1:1-14; Heb. 4:14; 12:24; Phil. 2:6-7; Heb. 2:9, 14; 2 Cor. 5:21 Isa. 42:21; Phil. 2:8; Gal. 4:4-5; Rom. 3:21; Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 20:28; Rom. 4:25; 3:21-26; 1 John 4:10; 2:2; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Heb. 9:13-15; Heb. 1:8, 3; 8:1; Col. 3:1-4 Heb. 7:25; Col. 2:9; Heb. 2:18; 7:26; Psa. 89:19; Psa. 14 
Article 5: Of Justification
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ (1) secures to such as believe in him is Justification (2); that Justification includes the pardon of sin (3), and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness (4); that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood (5); by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God (6; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity (7).  John 1:16; Eph. 3:8  Acts 13:39; Isa. 3:11-12; Rom. 8:1 Rom. 5:9; Zech. 13:1; Matt. 9:6; Acts 10:43 Rom. 5:17; Titus 3:5-6; 1 Pet. 3:7; 1 John 2:25; Rom. 5:21 Rom. 4:4-5; 5:21; 6:28; Phil. 3:7-9 Rom. 5:19; 3:24-26; 4:23-25; 1 John 2:12 Rom. 5:1-3, 11; 1 Cor. 1:30-31; Matt. 6:33; 1 Tim. 4:8

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Article 6: Of The Freeness of Salvation
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel (1); that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith (2); and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel (3); which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation (4).  Isa. 55:1; Rev. 22:17; Luke 14:17 Rom. 16:26; Mark 1:15; Rom. 1:15-17 John 5:40; Matt. 23:37; Rom. 9:32; Prov. 1:24; Acts 13:46 John 3:19; Matt. 11:20; Luke 19:27; 2 Thess. 1:8
Article 7: Of Grace in Regeneration
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again (1); that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind (2); that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth (3), so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel (4); and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life (5). John 3:3, 6-7; 1 Cor. 1:14; Rev. 8:7-9; 21:27 2 Cor. 5:17; Ezek. 36:26; Deut. 30:6; Rom. 2:28-29; 5:5; 1 John 4:7 John 3:8; 1:13; James 1:16-18; 1 Cor. 1:30; Phil. 2:13 1 Pet. 1:22-25; 1 John 5:1; Eph. 4:20-24; Col. 3:9-11 Eph. 5:9; Rom. 8:9; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 3:14-21; Matt. 3:8-10; 7:20; 1 John 5:4, 18
Article 8: Of Repentance and Faith
We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God (1); whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ (2), we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy (3); at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour (4).  Mark 1:15; Acts 11:18; Eph. 2:8; 1 John 5:1 John 16:8; Acts 2:37-38; 16:30-31 Luke 18:13; 15:18-21; James 4:7-10; 2 Cor. 7:11; Rom.10:12-13; Psa. 51 Rom. 10:9-11; Acts 3:22-23: Heb. 4:14; Psa. 2:6; Heb. 1:8; 8:25; 2 Tim. 1:12
Article 9: Of God's Purpose and Grace
We believe that Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners (1); that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end (2); that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable (3); that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy (4); that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree (5); that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel (6); that it is the foundation of Christian assurance (7); and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence (8). 2 Tim. 1:8-9; Eph. 1:3-14; 1 Pet. 1:1-2; Rom. 11:5-6; John 15:15; 1 John 4:19; Hos. 12:9; 2 Thess. 2:13-14; Acts 13:48; John 10:16; Matt. 20:16; Acts 15:14 Exod. 33:18-19; Matt. 20:15; Eph. 1:11; Rom. 9:23-24: Jer. 31:3; Rom. 11:28-29; James 1:17-18; 2 Tim. 1:9; Rom. 11:32-36; 1 Cor. 4:7; 1:26-31; Rom. 3:27; 4:16; Col. 3:12; 1 Cor. 3:5-7; 15:10; 1 Pet. 5:10; Acts 1:24; 1 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 2:9; Luke 18:7; John 15:16; Eph. 1:16; 1 Thess. 2:12; 2 Tim. 2:10; 1 Cor. 9:22; Rom. 8:28-30; John 6:37-40; 2 Pet. 1:10; 1 Thess. 1:4-10; Rom. 8:28-30; Isa. 42:16; Rom. 11:29 2 Pet. 1:10-11; Phil. 3:12; Heb. 6:11
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Article 10: Of Sanctification
We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness (1); that it is a progressive work (2); that it is begun in regeneration (3); and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means-especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer (4).  1 Thess. 4:3; 5:23; 2 Cor. 7:1; 13:9; Eph. 1:4; Prov. 4:18; 2 Cor. 3:18; Heb. 6:1; 2 Pet. 1:5-8; Phil. 3:12-16; John 2:29; Rom. 8:5; John 3:6; Phil. 1:9-11; Eph. 1:13-14 Phil. 2:12-13; Eph. 4:11-12; 1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 3:18; 2 Cor. 13:5; Luke 11:35; 9:23; Matt. 26:41; Eph. 6:18; 4:30
Article 11: Of the Perseverance of Saints
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end (1); that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors (2); that a special Providence watches over their welfare (3); and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (4). John 8:31; 1 John 2:27-28; 3:9; 5:18 1 John 2:19; John 13:18; Matt. 13:20-21; John 6:66-69; Job 17:9 Rom. 8:28; Matt. 6:30-33; Jer. 32:40; Psa. 121:3; 91:11-12 Phil. 1:6; 2:12-13; Jude 24  :25; Heb. 1:14; 2 Kings 6:16; Heb. 13:5; 1 John 4:4
Article 12: Of the Harmony of the Law and the Gospel
We believe that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government (1); that it is holy, just, and good (2); and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin (3); to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible Church (4). Rom. 3:31; Matt. 5:17; Luke 16:17; Rom. 3:20; 4:15 Rom. 7:12, 7, 14, 22; Gal. 3:21; Psa. 119 Rom. 8:7-8; Josh. 24:19; Jer. 13:23; John 6:44; 5:44 Rom. 8:2, 4; 10:4; 1 Tim. 1:5; Heb. 8:10; Jude 20-21; Heb. 12:14; Matt. 16:17-18; 1 Cor. 12:28
Article 13: Of a Gospel Church
We believe that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers (1), associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel (2); observing the ordinances of Christ (3); governed by his laws (4), and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his Word (5); that its only scriptural officers are Bishops, or Pastors, and Deacons (6), whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus. 1 Cor. 1:1-13; Matt. 18:17; Acts 5:11; 8:1; 11:31; 1 Cor. 4:17; 14:23; 3 John 9; 1 Tim. 3:5 Acts 2:41-42; 2 Cor. 8:5; Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 5:12-13 1 Cor. 11:2; 2 Thess. 3:6; Rom. 16:17-20; 1 Cor. 11:23; Matt. 18:15-20; 1 Cor 5:6; 2 Cor. 2:7; 1 Cor. 4:17 Matt. 28:20; John 14:15; 15:12; 1 John 4:21; John 14:21; 1 Thess. 4.2; 2 John 6; Gal. 6:2; all the Epistles Eph. 4:7; 1 Cor. 14:12; Phil. 1:27; 1 Cor. 12:14 Phil. 1:1; Acts 14:23; 15:22; 1 Tim. 3; Titus 1
Article 14: Of Baptism And The Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer (1), into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost (2); to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life (3); that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a Church relation; and to the Lord's Supper (4), in which the members of the Church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ (5); preceded always by solemn self-examination (6). Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:5-6; John 3:22-23; 4:1-2; Matt. 28:19;
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Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 16:32-34; 18:8 Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Gal. 3:27-28 Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; 1 Pet. 3:20-21; Acts 22:16 Acts 2:41-42; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts and Epistles 1 Cor. 11:26; Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20 1 Cor. 11:28; 5:1, 8; 10:3-32; 11:17-32; John 6:26-71

Article 15: Of The Christian Sabbath
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day, or Christian Sabbath (1); and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes (2), by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations (3); by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private (4) and public (5); and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God (6). Acts 20:7; Gen. 2:3; Col. 2:16-17; Mark 2:27; John 20:19; 1 Cor. 16:1- 2 Exod. 20:8; Rev. 1:10; Psa. 118:24 Isa. 58:13-14; 56:2-8 Psa. 119:15 Heb. 10:24-25; Acts 11:26; 13:44; Lev. 19:30; Exod. 46:3; Luke 4:16; Acts 17:2, 3; Psa. 26:8; 87:3 Heb. 4:3-11

Article 16: Of Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society (1); and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed (2); except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ (3) who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth (4). Rom. 13:1-7; Deut. 16:18; 1 Sam. 23:3; Exod. 18:23; Jer.30:21 Matt. 22:21; Titus 3:1; 1 Pet. 2:13; 1 Tim. 2:1-8 Acts 5:29; Matt. 10:28; Dan. 3:15-18; 6:7-10; Acts 4:18-20 Matt. 23:10; Rom. 14:4; Rev. 19:16; Psa. 72:11; Psa. 2; Rom. 14:9-13

Article 17: Of the Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked (1); that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem (2); while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse (3); and this distinction holds among men both in and after death (4). Mal. 3:18; Prov. 12:26; Isa. 5:20; Gen. 18:23; Jer. 15:19;Acts 10:34- 35; Rom. 6:16 Rom. 1:17; 7:6; 1 John 2:29; 3:7; Rom. 6:18, 22; 1 Cor. 11:32; Prov. 11:31; 1 Pet. 4:17-18 1 John 5:19; Gal. 3:10; John 3:36; Isa. 57:21; Psa. 10:4; Isa 55:6-7 Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; John 8:21-24; Prov. 10:24; Luke 12:4-5; 9:23- 26; John 12:25-26; Eccl. 3:17; Matt. 7:13-14

Article 18: Of the World to Come
We believe that the end of the world is approaching (1); that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven (2), and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution (3); that a solemn separation will then take place (4); that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy (5); and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness (6).  1 Pet. 4:7; 1 Cor. 7:29-31; Heb. 1:10-12; Matt. 24:35; 1 John 2:17; Matt. 28:20; 13:39-40; 2 Pet. 3:3-13 Acts 1:11; Rev. 1:7; Heb. 9:28; Acts 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:13-18;5:1-11 Acts 24:15; 1 Cor. 15:12-59; Luke 14:14; Dan. 12:2; John 5:28-29; 6:40; 11:25-26; 2 Tim. 1:10; Acts 10:42 Matt. 13:49, 37-43; 24:30-31; 25:31-33 Matt. 25:35-41; Rev. 22:11; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Mark 9:43-48; 2 Pet. 2:9; Jude 7; Phil. 3:19; Rom. 6:32; 2 Cor. 5:10-11; John 4:36; 2 Cor. 4:18 Rom. 3:5-6; 2 Thess. 1:6-12; Heb. 6:1-2; 1 Cor. 4:5; Acts 17:31; Rom. 2:2-16; Rev. 20:11-12; 1 John 2:28; 4:17

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DISCIPLINE
The church will discipline its members by the following rules and principles:
In Private Offenses
Private offenses, or such as one member may commit against another member, occasioning a grievance which does not affect any other person or persons-the course prescribed by our Saviour, in Matthew, chapter 18-should be strictly followed.
1.First Step- The member who considers himself injured must go to the offender, tell him his grief, and between themselves alone, if possible, adjust and settle the difficulty.  “If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone.”  This must be done not to charge, upbraid or condemn the offender, but to win him.  “If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother” (Matthew 18:15).
2.Second Step- If this shall fail, then the offended member must take two of the brethren with him, seek an interview with the offender, and if possible, by their united wisdom and piety, remove the offense and harmonize the difficulty.  “But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established” (Matthew 18:16).
3.Third Step- If this step should prove unavailing, then the offended member must tell the whole matter to the church, and leave it in their hands to be disposed of, as to them may seem wisest and best.  “And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it to the church:  but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican” (Matthew 18:17).
a.While this divine rule makes it obligatory on the offended member to go to the offender and seek reconciliation, yet much more is it obligatory on any member who knows that a brother is grieved with him, to seek such a one, and try to remove the difficulty.
“If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift” (Matthew 5:23-24).
b.The matter is not to be made public until steps 1 and 2 have been fully taken, and have failed-and then to be made public only by telling the church, and no other.
In Public Offenses
Public offenses are such as are supposed to be a reproach or an injury to the church as a body, or to the reputation of religion.  They are not against any one person, more than another.
The more common causes of public offense are the following:  False Doctrine (Galatians 1:9; 2 John 10); disregard of authority (Matthew 18:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:14); contention and strife
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(Romans 16:17); immoral conduct (1 Corinthians 5:11); disorderly walk (2 Thessalonians 3:6, 9); immoral behavior (Ephesians 5:3); un-Christian behavior (1 Corinthians 5:11); arrogant conduct (3 John 9) and going to law (1 Corinthians6:5-7).
The following is generally accepted as the proper course of treatment for public offenses:
1.The first member who has knowledge of the offense should, as in the cse of private offenses, seek the offender, ascertain the facts, and attempt to reconcile or remove the difficulty.  Not until he or she has done this should he or she make it public, or bring it before the church.
2.But if no one will, or can, pursue this course of personal effort, or if such a course proves unsuccessful, then any member having knowledge of the facts should confer with the pastor and deacons, as to the best course to be pursued.
3.The pastor and deacons should, by the best method they are capable of devising, labor to adjust the matter without bringing it into the church or otherwise making it public.
4.But if their efforts fail, or if the case is already public, and a reproach and scandal to religion, then they should bring it to the church, and direct the course of discipline as seems wisest.
5.The church, thus having the case before them, should either appoint a committee to visit the offender, or cite him or her before the body to answer the charge.  He/she should be allowed to hear the evidence against him or her, know the witnesses and be permitted to answer for himself or herself.
6.If the accused disproves the charges, or if he or she confesses the wrong, makes suitable acknowledgment, and-so far as possible-reparation, with promise of amendment, in all ordinary cases, this should be deemed satisfactory, and the case be dismissed.
7.But,  if after patient, deliberate, and prayerful labor, all efforts fail to reclaim the offender, then however painful the necessity, the church must withdraw its fellowship from him or her and dismiss the offender away from them.
8.If the case is one of flagrant immorality, by which the reputation of the body is compromised, and the Christian name scandalized, the hand of fellowship should be withdrawn from the offender notwithstanding any confessions and promises of amendment.
The church’s good name, and the honor of religion, demand this testimony against evil.  He or she may by subsequently restored if suitably penitent.
a)All discipline must be conducted in the spirit of Christian meekness and love, with a desire to remove offenses, and win offenders.  It must also be done under a deep sense of responsibility to maintain the honor of Christ’s name, the purity of His church, and integrity of His truth.
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b)If any member shall attempt to bring a private grievance before the church, or otherwise make it public before he has pursued the course prescribed in Matthew, chapter 18, he or she becomes an offender, and subject to the discipline of the body.
EVERY MEMBER SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT
The proof that you are a Christian is not found in the way you feel, but in the way you obey Christ, and respect His teachings by putting them into action. You must not expect your Christian life to be like that which you have heard or read in the experiences of others.  No two persons are alike. Halfway Christians are never happy.  They do not enjoy the world, for their conscience will not let them, and they are too indolent to get joy out of serving Christ. You should make a friend of your Fellow Members.  Be true to the church, and follow the leadership, whoever the pastor may be.

SELF EXAMINATION
The law is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24).
The member should carefully ask himself or herself these questions:
Do I put anything before God in my life?
Do I make an idol of anything?
Do I use bad language?
Am I disobedient to my parents?
Do I keep God’s day holy?
Do I get angry?
Am I impure?
Do I defile my body in any way?
Do I take things that do not belong to me?
Am I covetous?
Do I lie?
Do I have the proper love for God and all humanity?
Do I use strong drinks of any kind or addictive substances?
If I do any of these things, then the law of God tells me I am a sinner under the penalty of death for having broken God’s law, and I must turn to Jesus, who is the only one that can save me from perishing.


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HELP FOR BIBLE READING
The bible is the message of God to man.  2 Timothy 3:14-17
When in trouble or sorrow,  Read Psalm 46; John 14:1-3, 27; Hebrews 12:6-7
When you worry,  Read Matthew 6:19-34
When you have the blues,  Read Psalms 91
When God seems far away,   Read Psalms 139
When you want rest and peace,   Read Matthew 11:25-30
When in sickness,  Read Psalm 41:2-4; James 5:14-15
When in danger,  Read Psalm 91; Luke 8:22-25
When men fail you,   Read Psalm 23; 1 Peter 5:7
When lonely or fearful,  Read Matthew 6:25-34; 11:28-30
When discouraged or tempted,  Read Isaiah 40:28-31; 1 Corinthians 10:13; James 1:12
When you have sinned,  Read Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 1:8-9
When you forget your blessing,  Read Psalm 103
When your faith seems failing,  Read Psalm 34:17-22; Hebrews 11
When you want courage,  Read 2 Corinthians 12:9
When looking for happiness,  Read Psalm 1; 1 Colossians 3:1-17
When leaving home for travel,  Read Psalm 121
When you grow bitter or critical,  Read 1 Corinthians 13
If you are not a Christian,  Read John 3:16; Matthew 10:32-33; 22:35-40; 25:31-46; Romans 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8-9
If you are a Christian soldier,  Read 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 2:3; Ephesians 6:11-17
You have a divine Saviour,  Read John 6:1-15; 20:31; Acts 10:43
Assurance of God’s mercy,  Read Psalm 40:1-5; John 5:24
Assurance of God’s protection,  Read Psalm 62; 139:1-12; Matthew 10:29-31; 28:20; Romans 8:31-39; Philippians 4:6; 19
Rewards of a righteous life,  Read Psalm 37; Matthew 1:42; 5:1-12; 2 Timothy 4:7-8; 1 Corinthians 15:41-58
FORM THESE HABITS
1.Of going to prayer meeting and of confessing Christ, either by testimony or prayer at every opportunity.
2.Of attending church twice every Sunday, if possible.
3.Of never growing too old for the Sunday school.
4.Of never missing the Lord’s Supper under any circumstances, except serious illness.
5.Of reading your Bible daily.  If you read three chapters every day and five chapters every Sunday, you can read the Bible in a year.  Mark with a lead pencil the places you especially like.  Own your own Bible so you can do this.
An unused Bible dishonors God. Also, it prevents the owner of the Bible from knowing what he or she should know- the use of and benefits of the Bible.

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The Deacon’s Ministry
The mission of the Deacon’s Ministry is that of Spiritual Servant to assist the Pastor in meeting the needs of the Spring Hill Missionary Baptist church.

Acts 6:1–3: "And in those days when the number of disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said. It is not reason that we should leave the work of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business."

Deacons are those persons of Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church who have been ordained to nurture and strengthen families in the Lord. The work of the deacons is an extension of the Pastor’s ministry to love and care for families and to service as ministers of mercy to the congregation. Deacons are also involved in the administration of two ordinances of the church, namely Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion.

1 Timothy 3:10-13: "And let these also first be proved, then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanders, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husband of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus."

The purpose of the deacons is to serve the Lord by conducting the caring ministry of the church, doing the work of benevolence, visiting the sick, being alert to the spiritual needs of the congregation, supports the Pastor, support the vision of the ministry, participate in other ministries within the church and special event or functions of the church, freeing the Pastor to focus on prayer and the ministry of the gospel and promoting unity within the church.

The Deaconess Ministry
The mission of the Deaconess Ministry is to meet the needs of the Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church, under the spiritual guidance of its Pastor and the Deacons by promoting the spiritual growth in the church.
1 Timothy 8:11 - "Even so must their wives be grave, not slanders, sober, faithful in all things."
The purpose of the Deaconess Ministry is to care for and assist the needs of the overall congregation. Wherever there are sick and shut-in members as well as members in need of prayer, the Deaconess Ministry will be there to help. They will be in contact with all sick members and monitor the prayer list to ensure that members are not alone. They are responsible for the preparation and setting up Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. The Deaconess should instruct all female baptismal candidates as to what they are suppose to wear,
Deaconess should possess the following qualities:
1. She must be a follower of Christ also Christ-like, so much that her life will be outstanding and praised by all whom she comes in contact with.
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2. She should be a serious minded person, well balanced and one who knows the value of spiritual things, she should be grave, not slanderers, temperate and faithful in all things.
3. She must be familiar with all of the doctrines of the church. She should also know the policies and practices of the church so that all of the officers can work in peace and harmony.
4. She should not be a slanderer or given to gossip, she should take part in the total program of the church.
5. She should support the Pastor and the vision of the ministry.
6. She must be nominated, trained and confirmed by a majority vote of the Spring Hill Members present at official Church business meeting.
Should Spring Hill find itself without a Pastor the Pulpit is declared vacant. All Preachers that Preach will be invited to do so by the Deacons Ministry. While there is a Pastor in Spring Hill no one is authorized to invite any Preacher to preach at Spring Hill but the Pastor. Designated program committees may recommend a Preacher for a program to the Pastor. The Pastor has the final decision on matters pertaining to the Pulpit.

Music Ministry
The mission of the music ministry is to be empowered and led by the Holy Spirit to worship and edify God through songs and dance; to commit us to training and preparation and to utilize our voices and musical instruments for the enhancement of the music ministry and to the Glory of God. All Meetings and rehearsal shall begin and end with prayer.
Psalm 150:3 – 6: "Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with string instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord!"
The music ministry consists of the following: 
Spring Hill Adult Choir; Spring Hill / G. Thomas Male Chorus; Spring Hill Youth Choir

Usher's Ministry
The mission of the Usher’s Ministry is to ensure that the needs and comfort of all Gods people are met at Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
Psalms 84:10 - "For a day in your courts is better than a thousand.  I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wickedness."
The purpose and function of the Ushers’ Ministry is to meet, greet and seat the parishioners, with a loving smile, as they enter the sanctuary.  The Usher’s Ministry is an extension of God’s hands to people.  The Ministry of Ushering is a personal representation of Jesus Christ who meets people on a person-to-person basis when they first arrive at Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church.  Ushers serve as watchmen, servants, disciplinarians and hosts of Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church.  Ushers are also responsible for parking arrangements for special events at Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church .

Sunday School Ministry
The mission of the Sunday School Ministry is to provide the fundamental basics of Christianity to our children, youth, adult members and visitors.  We will use the explanation of the Word of God as it applies to our everyday lives through hands-on and interactive teaching.  Sunday School meets each Sunday morning at 10:00 am with the exception of the fifth Sunday.
Matthew 26:18-20 - "Therefore go and make disciples in all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teach new disciples to obey the commands I have given you."
The Sunday school operates under the umbrella of Christian Education and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  We are a Bible teaching ministry where children and adults are taught the Word of God to impact changes in their lives. All members are encouraged to participate in Sunday school, for it is the vital link to your walk with Christ.

Mission Ministry
The Spring Hill Mission shall maintain and disburse funds in support of Mission Ministries as approved by the Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Spring Hill Cemetery
Spring Hill Cemetery is primarily for the Members of Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church. All bonifide members are entitled to a burial plot in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Family members that are not members of Spring Hill may be allowed to be buried in the Church cemetery for a Fee of $300.00. The fee of $300.00 must be paid prior to any grave digging. All requests for burial shall be coordinated with the designated Deacon. The Deacon designated over the Cemetery shall be designated and confirmed by the Church at an official Church meeting with a majority of members vote.

RULES FOR DAILY LIFE
Begin the day with God;--
Kneel down to Him in prayer:
Lift up thy heart to His abode,
And seek His love to share.

Open the Book of God,--
And read a portion there;
That it may hallow all thy thoughts,
And sweeten all thy care.

Go through the day with God,--
Whate’er thy work may be:
Where’er thou art-- at home, abroad,
He still is near to thee.

Converse in mind with God;--
Thy spirit heavenward raise:
Acknowledge every good bestowed,
And plead His righteousness.

Conclude the day with God;--
Thy sins to Him confess;
Trust in the Lord’s atoning blood,
And plead His righteousness.

Lie down at night with God,--
And should’st thou tread the vale of death
Who gives His servants sleep;
He will thee guard and keep.

We respectfully request that all pagers and cell phones be turned off or on “Quiet Mode” during all worship services.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Spring Hill Church Etiquette

When not to walk in Church:
-         During Scripture Reading
-         During Prayer
-         During the Sermon
-         During the invitation to discipleship
-         During the Lord’s Supper

Proper conduct during offering:
-    The Offering is still part of the Worship Experience. It is not a break time in the service, but a time to give back that which has been given to you.

Proper conduct during worship:
-         Be friendly and sit with a smile
-         Don’t sleep or daydream
-         Don’t chew gum
-         Don’t throw paper on the pews or on the floor.

1.Be on time.      
2.Speak a bright and cheerful greeting.
3.Take care for how we address others.
4.Make every attempt to be humble.
5.Always allow our guest to eat first.

Keep in mind it is not about you and your way. It is about Jesus Christ, who we claim is “the way and the truth and the life” (see John 14:6).

There is a Christian virtue in our being civil and respectable in how we relate and respond to people even when we radically disagree with them and their position. If we believe that we can do all things through Christ, we can learn to conduct ourselves in such a way that will not compromise who we are nor whose we are.
“What Would Jesus Do? Then Do It”

LEADERSHIP ADDRESS BOOK
NAMEPHONE #ADDRESSMINISTRY
Gregory Thomas912-685-65172 Thomas Lane Metter, GAPastor
Izell Lee912-839-3434StatesboroChairman Deacon’s Ministry
Lee Harvey Frink912-685-5624925 E. Lillian St.
Metter, GADeacon/SS-Teacher/Cemetery Coordinator
Jerome Mathis912-739-9195102 Prince Way Statesboro, GA Deacon
Leroy MathisDeacon
Henry Walker912-587-76039042 Oakfield Dr Statesboro, GA Deacon
Willie B. Bowers912-489-3192901 Miller Street Ext Statesboro, GA 30458Deacon
Gus Allen912-557-1969212 E Brazell St, Apt 2610 Reidsville, GA 30453Deacon
Queen E. Mincey912-764-832420 Soloman Cir Statesboro, GA Church Mother
Jackie Walker912-587-76039042 Oakfield Dr Statesboro, GA Chair Person Deaconess Ministry
Veronica Mathis912-739-9195102 Prince Way Statesboro, GA Deaconess/Youth Director
Johnnie P. Lee912-839-3434StatesboroDeaconess/Usher Ministry President
Alma Youmans912-739-4957905 Dogwood Ave Claxton, GA 30417-5359Deaconess
Mary Atkinson912-764-7721408 Mincey St Statesboro, Deaconess Church Secretary
Beatrice Bowers912-489-3192901 Miller Street Ext Statesboro, GA 30458Deaconess
Wauweese Frink912-852-95607971 Kennedy Bridge Road Register, GAMission Ministry President
Lutrelle Rawls912-653-2765PembrokeChoir President/
Correspondence Clerk
Mildred Allen912-557-3542Bldg Fund Trustee
Lynn Atkinson912-488-2525Youth Adviser/
Ministry Administrative Assistant



S aved by Grace
Prayerful
Redeemed
In Christ
Never turn back
Growing in the Spirit

Heaven bound band of believers
Inspired by God
Love Ye one another
Love the Lord, our God with all our heart

MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

Inspired by our calling, we aim:
to increase community awareness and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
to help people to grow and learn through mutual support and care.
to be a good neighbor to people in need and to challenge injustice anywhere.
to encourage more followers to pick up the cross and follow Christ.


1. We believe in total immersion in water based on personal confession of faith in Jesus
Christ as the only source of salvation on the part of a believer.
2. We believe the most doctrinally correct church organizational, decision-making
structure is one that is Congregationally-based. This means, ultimately, church
decisions reside with the active membership on the basis of democratically voting
procedures. The general example used to highlight this reality has to do with employing
a pastor. Each local church interviews and makes an offer to a preacher to become its
pastor. In many non-Baptist denominations, i.e. Methodists, Episcopalians, Catholics,
etc., a Bishop appoints pastors to churches.
3. We believe a Christian's conscience is ultimately accountable to Christ alone and
therefore no decisions made by others can be forced upon him or her. For example,
when it comes to tithing, a person cannot be denied membership in a Baptist church
because he/she doesn't believe in tithing.
4. We believe in the separation between Church and State. This simply means that the
our church will never be controlled and, or financed by city, state or federal government.
5. We believe that each Baptist church is structurally and doctrinally independent from
other Baptist Churches. We are separate and unequal. No Baptist church can be told by
another Baptist church what to believe, how to think, or how to organize itself. Each is
autonomous.

How do Black Baptist beliefs differ from other Baptist Conventions?
Black Baptists differ from other Baptists most of all in our theological understanding of
church/community relationships. We believe the church should promote justice and
peacemaking legislation and policies that deal with the physical, emotional, mental,
spiritual, social, political and economic needs of individuals and families, and—just as
important--one's race. Since Blacks in America have always dealt with "racism," our
understanding of the Church's mission is deeply determined by our sociological status in
America and the world at any given time.