Distinctives

YIGO BAPTIST CHURCH

Distinctives

January 27, 2013

 

Purpose: To set forth the position of Yigo Baptist Church with respect to

certain issues which have become known as “secondary” issues of doctrine in the

church. These issues are known as distinctives because they are areas of faith

and practice where Yigo Baptist Church may differ from other churches.

 

Distinctives

1. Centrality of the Word of God. The Word of God is at the center of

everything we do at Yigo Baptist Church. The Word of God is at the

center of the Sunday worship service. We strive to ensure the Word of

God and the gospel message contained therein is at the center of all other

activities of the church.

 

2. Believer’s Baptism. Being that there are no explicit examples of infant

baptism mentioned in scripture and all baptisms referenced in scripture

follow a profession of faith unto salvation, Yigo Baptist Church practices

and teaches that baptism should only be performed after a profession of

faith and the concurrence of a mature Christian.

 

3. Regenerate Church Membership. Recognizing that the reception of the

gift of salvation is always accompanied by a true profession of faith and

regeneration by the Holy Spirit, membership into the church will only be

extended following an interview by an elder to confirm the presence of

the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

 

4. Church Discipline. Although Christians have been born again of

incorruptible seed, the tent of flesh remains and Christians are subjected

to temptations and appeals to earthly desires. Scripture lays out a

program for restoring individuals who are found to be entangled by sin. If

loving appeals fail to bring the desired restoration, the final action is to

revoke membership and withhold benefits of shared fellowship with God.

The focus of these actions also is the restoration of the individual to the

fellowship of the saints.

 

5. Local Church Autonomy. Yigo Baptist Church is an autonomous local

church congregation following the pattern of new testament churches

described in scripture. The church is vested with the full authority to

recognize the call of elders, ordain elders for official ministry, establish

patterns of practice of the faith for the church body consistent with

scriptural mandates.

 

6. Plural Elder Leadership. Jesus Christ is the head of the church and He

leads the church through the activity of the Holy Spirit. Scripture teaches

that the leading of the Holy Spirit should be sought through the prayer by

elders and elders are responsible for managing the affairs of the church.

Significant decisions should be discussed and affirmed by the body

following an appropriate period of teaching and prayer.

 

7. Family Integrated. Yigo Baptist Church believes that parents are

responsible for the training of their children in spiritual matters and such

training should occur by modeling and teaching principles of Christian

living within the family structure on a daily basis. While there may be

times where it is appropriate for children to have specific lessons or

activities during the service, the primary responsibility for the spiritual

development of children resides with parents. We recognize that while

there may be a role for children’s church for very young children as well

as other circumstances, the Biblical pattern is for children and their

parents to worship as a family unit.

 

8. Complementarianism. The marriage relationship models the way God

relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the

church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and

to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant

leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the

headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and

thus equal to him before God, has the God-given responsibility to respect

her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and

nurturing the next generation. While both men and women are gifted for

service in the church, the office of elder is limited to men as qualified by

Scripture.