Affirmation Guidelines

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Hope Community Affirmed These Guidelines on May 12, 2013.
Rainbow Hills Baptist Affirmed These Guidelines on May 19th, 2013.

Affirmation Guidelines: For the Forming of a New Church through the merging of Hope Community and Rainbow Hills Baptist Churches

Below are listed a series of boundary stakes that attempt to set the parameters for the creation of a new congregation formed from Hope Community Church and Rainbow Hills Baptist Church. These statements are intended to clarify the current direction of Rainbow Hills Baptist Church and to authorize church leadership in the required actions for proceeding forward.

1. The intention of Rainbow Hills Baptist Church is to discover and follow the will of Christ Jesus in making decisions and specifically in taking actions regarding the creation of a new church.

2. The following beliefs undergird the decision-making process for Rainbow Hills Baptist Church.

a. We believe all authority resides in Christ alone and that He has preeminence in all things (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 1:18).

b. We believe that the Church, as the disciples of Christ, exhibits through grace the dying to self, the taking up of their cross daily, and constantly following Jesus (Luke 9:23-25).

c. Affirming the priesthood of the believer (1 Peter 2:4-5), we believe the Church is composed of many members but functions as one (1 Corinthians 12:12-14), and that when properly functioning the Church grows up into Christ, submits to His headship, and is built up in love (Ephesians 4:12-16).

d. We believe that the Body, being diligent to preserve the Holy Spirit’s unity (Ephesians 4:3), clothes themselves with humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5b), and submits to each other in the spirit of the balancing truths of delegated authority (serving/cherishing; submitting/honoring) and mutual authority (giving & receiving counsel; warning & exhorting; Ephesians 5:15- 33).

e. We believe in the diversity of functions and gifts divinely given to each member, functioning dependently and interdependently of one another. The ministry of the Church is primarily the work of the members in the actions of worship toward God, nurture toward one another, and witness toward the world (1 Corinthians 12:12:-31; Ephesians 4:1-16).

f. We believe there are two offices in the Church: Pastors (Bishops, Elders; Acts 20:17,28; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 5:17; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4; responsibilities: governing, overseeing, shepherding, and teaching) and Deacons (Acts 6:1-7; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:8-13; responsibilities: serving and fellowship strengthening).

g. We believe in the plurality of a Pastoral Team and that the leadership of the Church is scripturally entrusted to them (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; 1 Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:2-3).

h. We believe in the unity of the Spirit, whereby corporately the Church acts by committing together in submission to the Lord for His plans and purposes, therefore, corporate decisions are to be reflections of the mind of Christ and are both individual and corporate expressions of commitments to join God in Kingdom Pursuits (1 Corinthians1:10).

3. Both the current and new Church exists so God can demonstrate His power and proclaim His Name to our community, the world, and to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places (Acts 1:8; Ephesians 3:10).

a. As a Great Commission Church we focus on making disciples with the emphasis on joining God as He transforms lives into the image of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 4:10-11; Philippians 1:20-21; Colossians 1:28).

b. Our ministry strategy emphasizes the GO in the Great Commission, therefore, we purpose 1 to be a go and tell rather than a come and see Church, 2 to acknowledge that we are not part of the world but that we have been sent into the world (John 17:18), and 3 to take the initiative to connect with our community rather than implying that our community should conform to us (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).

c. As vessels of mercy who become ministers of mercy to the glory of God (Romans 9:23), the Church will express and demonstrate a value for all people.

d. Above all, the Church will treasure God.

4. The new Church will be a Southern Baptist Church and an active and cooperating part of the San Antonio Baptist Association, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention.

5. The merging of the two congregations, for the purpose of greater Kingdom Pursuit, will result in the creation of a new congregation rather than the assimilation of either, and this will lead toward a new:

a. Church Name

b. Constitution and by-laws

c. Doctrinal statement (affirming the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 as a foundational statement)

d. Statement of core values

e. Pastoral Team with specific responsibilities assigned to each member of the council

f. Specified and clarified Kingdom Vision strategies

6. The Church will meet at and operate from 2255 Horal, San Antonio, Texas, 78227.

7. Legal counsel will be secured.

8. A joint Pastoral Team will be formed to lead both congregations through the merger process. This team will consist of the current members of the RHBC Pastoral Team with the addition of Danny Price and Josh Stonehouse. Don Kim will be available to assist in an advisory capacity.

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