Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church – Constitution Minutes
We the presbytery, have this day convened (August 14,1829) and constituted the
church called Fellowship, upon the above abstract of principles. After inquiring for
members of our faith and order, we received seven members by letter from
various churches and five other members of Nancy Creek Church by their
voucher for fellowship from the clerk.
Those who produced letters were:
Robert D. Inzer
Those received by a voucher were:
The whole numbers constituted are twelve.
3rd Inquired after fellowship and found peace.
4th Read a decorum for the government of the church and adopted the
following, subject to revision at any subsequent conference.
Gave to each member united with this presbytery the right hand of fellowship and
prayer being offered to Almighty God for his blessing to rest and abide on the
Radford Gum Presbytery, August 14, 1829
Articles of Faith
Article 1: We believe in one only true and living God: The Father, Son and Holy
Article 2: We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are
the words of God and the only rule of faith and practice.
Article 3: We believe in the doctrine of election and that God chose His people in
Christ before the foundation of the world.
Article 4: We believe in the doctrine of original sin and in man’s impotency to
recover himself from the fallen state in which he is in by nature by his own free
Article 5: We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only by the
imputed righteousness of Christ.
Article 6: We believe that Gods elect shall be called, converted, regenerated and
sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Article 7: We believe that saints shall persevere in grace and never fall finally
Article 8: We believe in the resurrection of the dead and general judgment and
that the joys of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked to be eternal.
Article 9: We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of
Jesus Christ and true believers are the subjects and that “e• the true mode of
baptism is immersion.
Article 10: We believe that no minister has a right to the administration of the
ordinances only such as are regularly baptized, called and conic under the
imposition of hands by the presbytery.
Article 11: We believe that none but regularly baptized members have a right to
commune at the Lord’s Table.
Rules of Decorum
Article I: The preacher shall be considered moderator while in good order, but
when absent, the church shall choose a moderator. Conference shall be opened
by singing and prayer.
Article 2: The church at her yearly meetings shall appoint a clerk, who shall keep
minutes of all the conference meetings which shall be read citing as reference or
record before the close of conference.
Article 3: It shall be the duty of the moderator to invite brethren and sisters of
sister churches in good standing to sit with us to open a door for the reception
of members to preserve order and to inquire after fellowship or grievances in
Article 4: Every motion made and seconded shall be considered unless withdrawn
by them who made it.
Article 5: Every allegation against a member shall he authenticated before the
person accused shall be examined.
Article 6: It shall be deemed disorder for any member to withdraw in time bf
conference without permission, or to interrupt another while speaking.
Article 7: Members inclining to speak shall rise from their seat and address the
moderator and shall not be interrupted while speaking unless they depart from
the subject; then the moderator shall bring them to order. Nor shall they cast
reflections unnecessarily, nor speak more than three times to any one subject
Article 8: Every matter that cloth not touch fellowship shall be decided by a
Article 9: It shall be the duty of all the members to attend conference and not
to absent themselves from the communion. All absentees for more than twice
shall be called upon to give reason for their absence.
Article 10: It shall be the duty of members to contribute for the support of the
gospel and the ordinances of the house of God according to their ability.
Article 11: It shall be the duty of the deacon, or deacons, to make the
necessary preparations for the communion and to make collection to defray the
Article 12: This plan or form of government may be amended when deemed