BY-LAWS

                                 OF

           VISIONS OF FAITH MINISTRIES,                                INCORPORATED

 

These By-Laws are enacted pursuant to the Articles of Incorporation of

Visions of Faith Ministries, Inc. of Houston, Texas, pursuant to the Baptist

Faith and pursuant to The Articles of Faith as follows:

 

Article I – The Doctrines – The Eighteen Articles of Faith

Article 1. Of 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 shall be

tried.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; II Samuel 23:2; Acts 1:16; John

10:35; Luke 16:29-31; Psalms 119:111; Romans 3:1-2; II Timothy 3:15;

I 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; I Corinthians 4:3-4; Luke 10:10-16; 12:47-48;

Philippians 3:16; Ephesians 4:3-6; Philippians 2:1-2; I Corinthians

1:10; I Peter 4:11; John 4:1; Isaiah 8:20; I Thessalonians 5:21; II

Corinthians 13:5; Acts 17:11; I John 4:6; Jude 3; Ephesians 6:17;

Psalms 119:59-60; Philippians 1:9-11

 

Article 2 Of The True God

     We believe that there is one and only one living and true God, an

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.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

I John 4:24; Psalms 147:5; Psalms 83:18; Hebrews 3:4; Romans 1:20;

Jeremiah 10:10; Revelation 1:18; Psalms 90:2; Exodus 15:1; Isaiah

6:3; I Peter 1:15-16; Mark 12:30; Proverbs 3:9; Revelation 4:11;

Matthew 10:37; Jeremiah 2:12-13; Matthew 6:13; Matthew 28:19; John

15:26; I Corinthians 12:4-6; I John 5:7; John 10:30; John 5:17;

14:23; 17:5,10; Acts 5:3-4; I Corinthians 2:10-11; Philippians 2:5-

6; Ephesians 2:18; II Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 1:4-5

 

Article 3. Of The Fall Of Man

     We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his

Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy

state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by

constraint, but choice; 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, without

defense or excuse.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

Genesis 1:27; Genesis 1:31; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Acts 17:26-29;

Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 3:6-24; Romans 5:12; Psalms 51:5;

Romans 5:19; John 3:6; Psalms 51:5; Romans 5:15-19; 8:7;

Ezekiel 18:4; Genesis 2:17; Isaiah 53:6; Genesis 6:12; Romans 3:9-

18; Romans 3:23; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 1:18; Romans 1:32;

2:1-16; Galatians 3:10; Matthew 20:15; Romans 6:23; Ezekiel 18:19-

20; Romans 3:19; Galatians 3:22; Acts 17:30

 

Article 4 Of The Way of Salvation

     We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through

the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of

the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin;

honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death

made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead

he is now enthroned in heaven; 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

Saviour.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

Ephesians 2:8; Matthew 18:11; I John 4:10; I Corinthians 3:5,7; Acts

15:11; John 3:16; John 1:1-14; Hebrews 4:14; 12:24; I Timothy 2:5;

Philippians 2:6-7; Hebrews 2:9,14; II Corinthians 5:21; John 1:1-14;

Matthew 26:42; Isaiah 42:21; Philippians 2:8; Galatians 4:4-5;

Romans 3:21; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 20:28; Romans 4:25; 3:21-26; I

John 4:10; 2:2; I Corinthians 15:1-3; Hebrews 9:13-15; Hebrews 4:15;

II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 1:3; 8:1; I Corinthians 3:1-4;

Mark 16:19; Hebrews 7:25; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 2:18;

Hebrews 7:26; Psalms 89:19; Psalms 34; Hebrews 1:8

 

Article 5 Of Justification

     We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to

such as believe in him is Justification; that Justification includes

the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of

righteousness; 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; by virtue of which faith his perfect

righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; 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.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Romans 3:28; Galatians 3:11; James 2:14-

26; John 1:16; Ephesians 3:8; Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11-12; Romans

5:9; Zechariah 13:1; Matthew 9:6; Acts 10:43; Romans 5:17; Titus

3:5-7; I Peter 3:7; I John 2:25; Romans 5:1; Romans 4:5; Romans

5:21; 6:23; Philippians 3:7-9; Romans 5:19; Romans 3:24-26; 4:23-25;

I John 2:12; Romans 5:1-2; Romans 5:3; Romans 5:11; I Corinthians

1:30-31; Matthew 6:33; I Timothy 4:8

 

Article 6 Of The Freeness Of Salvation

     We believe that the blessing of salvation are made free to all by

the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a

cordial of penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents

the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent

depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection

involves him in an aggravated condemnation.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

Isaiah 55:1; Revelation 22:17; Luke 14:17; Romans 16:25-26;

Mark 1:15; Romans 1:15-17; Luke 13:3,5; John 3:16; John 5:40;

Matthew 23:37; Romans 9:32; Proverbs 1:24; Acts 13:46; Mark 16:16;

John 3:19; Matthew 11:20; Luke 19:27; II Thessalonians 1:8.

 

Article 7. Of Grace In Regeneration

     We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or

born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition

to the mind; that it is effected, in a manner above our

comprehension, by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with

divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel;

that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance

and faith and newness of life.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

John 3:3; John 3:6,7; I Corinthians 2:14; Revelation 14:3; 21:27;

II Corinthians 5:17; Ezekiel 36:26; Deuteronomy 30:6; Romans

2:28,29; 5:5; I John 4:7; John 3:8; John 1:13; James 1:16-18;

I Corinthians 1:30; Philippians 2:13; I Peter 1:22-25; I John 5:1;

Ephesians 4:20-24; Colossians 3:9-11; Ephesians 5:9; Romans 8:9;

Galatians 5:16-23; Ephesians 2:14-21; Matthew 3:8-10; 7:20; I

John 5:4,18: Matthew 3:8.

 

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 regeneration Spirit

of God; whereby, being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and

helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God

with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy;

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.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

Mark 1:15; Acts 11:18; Ephesians 2:8; I John 5:1; John 16:8; Acts

2:37-38; Acts 16:30-31; Luke 18:13; Luke 15:18-21; James 4:7-10; II

Corinthians 7:11; Romans 10:12-13; Psalms 51; Romans 10:9-11; Acts

3:22-23; Hebrews 4:14; Psalms 2:6; Hebrews 1:8; 7:25; II Timothy

1:12.

 

Article 9. Of God's Purpose Of Grace

     We believe that Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to

which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that

being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it

comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a

most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely

free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes

boasting, and promotes humility, love prayer, praise, trust in God,

and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use

of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its

effects in all who truly believe the gospel; that it is the

foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with

regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

II Timothy 1:8-9; Ephesians 1:3-14; I Peter 1:1-2; Romans 11:5-6;

John 15:16; I John 4:19; II Thessalonians 2:13-14; Acts 13:48; John

10:16; Matthew 20:16; Acts 15:14; John 3:16; Exodus 33:18-19;

Ephesians 2:9; Psalms 34:8; Proverbs 2:6,3:19; Luke 1:49; Revelation

4:8; Leviticus 11:44; 21:8; Numbers 23:19; I Samuel 15:29; Psalms

33:11; 119:89; Hebrews 13:8; Ephesians 1:11; Romans 9:23-24;

Jeremiah 31:3; Romans 11:28-29; James 1:17-18; II Timothy 1:9;

Romans 11:32-36; I Corinthians 4:7; I Corinthians 1:26-31; Romans

3:27; 4:16; Colossians 3:12; I Corinthians 15:10; I Peter 5:10; I

Thessalonians 2:12-13; I Peter 2:9; Luke 18:7; II Timothy 2:10;

I Corinthians 9:22; John 6:37-40; II Peter 1:10; I Thessalonians

1:4-10; Romans 8:28-31; Isaiah 42:16; Romans 11:19; I Peter 1:10-11;

Philippians 3:12; Hebrews 6:11

 

Article 10. Of Sanctification

    We believe that the sanctification is the process by which

according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His Holiness,

that it is a progressive work, that it is begun in regeneration, and

that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and

power of the Holy Spirit, and Sealer and Comforter, in the continual

use of the appointed means, especially the Word of God, self-

examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

I Thessalonians 4:3; I Thessalonians 5:23; II Corinthians 7:1; 13:9;

Ephesians 1:1; Proverbs 4:18; Hebrews 6:1; II Peter 1:5-8;

Philippians 3:12-16; I John 2:29; Romans 8:5; John 3:6; Philippians

1:9-11; Philippians 2:12-13; Acts 20:30-32; Ephesians 4:11-12,30;

6:18; I Peter 2:2; II Peter 3:18; II Corinthians 13:5; Luke 9:23;

11:35; Matthew 26:41

 

Article 11. Of The Perseverance Of Saints

      We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the

end, that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark

which distinguishes them from superficial professors, that a special

providence watches over their welfare, and that they are kept by the

power of God through faith unto salvation.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

John 8:13; I John 2:27-28; 3:9; 5:18; Mark 13:13; I John 2:19; John

13:18; Matthew 13:20-21; John 6:66-69; Romans 8:28; Matthew 6:30-33;

Jeremiah 32:40; Psalms 12:2; 91:11-12; Philippians 1:6; 2:12-13;

Jude 1:24-25; Hebrews 1:14; 13:5; I John 4:4

 

Article 12. Of The Harmony Of The Law And The Gospel

    We believe that the Law of God is eternal and unchangeable rule

of His moral government, that is holy, Just, and Good, and that the

inability which the scriptures ascribe to fallen man to fulfill its

precepts arises entirely from their love of sin, 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 visual

Church.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

Romans 3:31; Matthew 5:17; Luke 16:17; Romans 3:20; 4:15; 7:12; 7:7-

14, 22; Galatians 3:21; Psalms 119; Romans 8:7-8; Joshua 24:19;

Jeremiah 13:23; John 6:44; Romans 8:2-4; 10:4; Hebrews 8:10;

12:14; Jude 1:21

 

Article 13. Of A Gospel Church

    We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of

baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith of

fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ,

governed by its laws, in exercising the gifts, rights, and

privileges invested in them by His Word, that it’s only scriptural

officers are bishops, or pastors, and deacons, whose qualifications,

claims, and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

I Corinthians 1:1-13; Matthew 18:17; Acts 5:11; 8:1; 11:21-23; I

Corinthians 4:23; 14:23; III John 9; Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:41-42;

II Corinthians 8:5; Acts 2:41; I Corinthians 5:12-13; 11:2;

II Thessalonians 3:6; Romans 16:17-20; I Corinthians 11:23-34;

Matthew 18:15-21; II Corinthians 2:17; I Corinthians 1:17; Matthew

28:20; John 14:15; 15:12; I John 4:21; John 14:21; I Thessalonians

4:2; II John 6; Galatians 6:2; Ephesians 4:7; I Corinthians 14:12;

Philippians 1:27; 1:1; Acts 14:23; 15:12; I Timothy 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, into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost

to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the

crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death

to sin and resurrection to all new life; that it is prerequisite to

the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord's Supper; in

which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine

are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded

always by solemn self-examination.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

Acts 8:36-39; Matthew 3:5-6; John 3:22-23; 4:1-2; Matthew 28:19;

Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 16:32,34; 18:8; Matthew 3:16; Matthew 28:19;

Acts 10:47-48; Galatians 3:27-28; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; I

Peter 3:20-21; Acts 22:16; Acts 2:41-42; Matthew 29:19-20; Acts and

Epistles; I Corinthians 11:26; Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25;

Luke 22:14-20; I Corinthians 11:28; I Corinthians 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; and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes,

by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations; by the

devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and

public; and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the

people of God.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

Acts 20:7; Genesis 2:3; Colossians 2:16-17; Mark 2:27; John 20:19;

1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Exodus 20:8; Revelation 1:10; Psalms 118:24;

Isaiah 58:13-14; Psalms 118:15; Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 11:26;

Hebrews 4:3-11

 

Article 16.  OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT

    We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for

the interest and good order of human society; and that magistrates

are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except

only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the

only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the

earth.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

Romans 13:1-7; Deuteronomy 16:28; II Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21-23;

Jeremiah 30:21; Matthew 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13; I Timothy

2:1-3; Acts 5:29; Daniel 3:15-18; 6:7-10; Acts 4:18-20; Matthew

23:10; Romans 14:4; Revelation 19:16; Psalms 72:11; Psalms 2; Romans

14:9-13

 

Article 17.  OF THE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THE WICKED

    We believe that there is a radical and essential difference

between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through

faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by

the Spirit of God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such

as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked and

under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and

after death.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

Psalms 7:11; 10:4; 145:20; 9:17; Malachi 3:18; Proverbs 12:26;

Isaiah 5:20; Genesis 18:23; Acts 10:34-35; Romans 6:16; 1:17; 7:6;

I John 2:29; 3:7; Romans 6:18,22; I Corinthians 11:32; Proverbs

11:31; I Peter 4:17-18; I John 5:19; Galatians 3:10; John 3:36;

Isaiah 57:21; Psalms 10:4; Isaiah 55:6-7; Proverbs 14:32;

Luke 16:25; John 8:21-24; Proverbs 10:24; Luke 12:4-5; 9:23-26;

John 12:25-26; Ecclesiastes 3:17; Matthew 7:13-14

 

Article 18. OF THE WORLD TO COME

    We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the

last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from

the grave to final retribution; that a solemn separation will then

take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment,

and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix

forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of

righteousness.

PLACES IN THE BIBLE WHERE TAUGHT

I Peter 4:7; I Corinthians 7:29-31; Hebrews 1:10-12; Matthew 25:31;

28:20; 13:39-43; I John 2:17; II Peter 3:3-13; Acts 1:11;

Revelation 1:7; Hebrews 9:28; Acts 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:13-18;

5:1-11; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:12-58; Luke 14:14; Daniel 12:2;

John 5:28-29; 6:40; 11:25-26; Acts 10:42; Matthew 13:49; Matthew

13:37-42; 24:30; 25:31-33; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 22:11; I

Corinthians 6:9-10; Mark 9:43-48; II Peter 2:9; Jude 7;

Philippians 3:19; Romans 6:23; II Corinthians 6:9-11; John 4:36;

II Corinthians 4:18; Romans 3:5-6; II Thessalonians 1:6-12;

Hebrews 6:1-2; I Corinthians 4:5; Acts 17:31; Romans 2:2-16;

Revelation 20:11-12; I John 2:28; 4:17; II Peter 3:11-12

 

ARTICLE II  (Source of Governmental Authority)

 

    Visions of Faith is subject to the control of no other

ecclesiastical body.  The Chief Executive Officer with the  members of

The Board of Directors constitute the source of the Government which

operates it.  As a Corporation, the President/Chief Executive Officer, and

Board of the Directors constitute the Corporation.  The Board of Directors

shall consist of President/Chief Executive Officer, Vice President, Secretary,

Treasurer and one to three other Board Members.  Board Members may be

appointed or elected by the Officers of the corporation.  The term of officers

and Board Members are without limit.  A Board Member may be removed upon

their request, or if failing to be in attendance at three consecutive called meetings

without legitimate reasons given for non attendance.

 

Article III – Duties

The Board of Directors which meets as called and as needed, conveys to the Chief

Executive Officer the responsibility to conduct and carry out the work of this ministry

in a manner consistent with the By-Laws of this organization. Any member of The

Board may call for a meeting of the Board when deemed needed.

 

Article IV- Finances

This corporation shall be financed by donations from the General Public,

Churches, or other Ecclesiastical Bodies. The income shall be duly accounted

for and shall be reported to the Board of Directors as well as to the proper

authorities in keeping with the law.  Both the income and expenses shall be a

part of the record keeping of all finances.

 

Article V – Amendments

 

    These By-Laws may be amended at any regularly scheduled or

called meeting of the Board of Directors by a majority of those present and

provided that notice of such amendment, stating the

proposed change, shall have been delivered in sufficient time to be considered

before the scheduled meeting.

 

 

 

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