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Minutes of the First Annual North River
Baptist Association, Alabama - 1832

Transcribed by Veneta McKinney.

Articles of Faith – “The ordinances”

Art. 9. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances of Jesus Christ, and that true believers are the only subjects of Baptism, and that by immersion is the Apostolic mode.

Art. 11 We believe that no minister has any right to administer the ordinances of the Gospel, but one who is regularly baptised, called, and comes under the imposition of the hands of a presbytery.

Art, 12. We believe that none but regularly baptised member have a right to commune at the Lord's table.

Minutes of the Eleventh Anniversary of North River
Baptist Association, Alabama – 1845

Articles of Faith – “The ordinances”

11th. Of a Gospel Church. - That a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of baptised believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His word; that its only proper officers are bishops or pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus.

12th. Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. - That Christian Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour; with its purifying power; that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the Church, by the use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ: preceded always by solemn self-examination.


[From North River Baptist Association Minutes, Fayette County, Alabama; transcribed by Veneta McKinney; via Internet. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]

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