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REV. ROBERT JOHN KUIPHOFF
"Pastor K"

"LOCAL CHURCH FAMILY CONSTITUTIONAL INSERT"

 

I believe that our world is asking the same question
that Pontius Pilate asked Jesus Christ
over 2000 years ago,
"What is truth?"

(Scripture link> John 18:38 <Scripture link)

pastor_k@goldenfaithbiblechurch.org

I. CHILDREN AND LIFE

1. Childbearing:  God is the giver of all life; thus, ALL CHILDREN ARE A GIFT FROM GOD.
    (Genesis 4:1,25; 28:3; 30:2; Psalms 107:38a; 113:9; 127:3)

 2. Children are designed and given divine purpose from before the foundation of the earth.
    
(Psalm 139:16; Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:4-5)

 3. Children are a source of encouragement, strength, blessings and joy to their parents.
     
(Psalm 127:3-5; Genesis 5:29; Psalm 8:2; Proverbs 17:6)

4. The Lord does not want the birth of children prevented.
    
(Genesis 1:28; 9:1,7; 38:8-10; Exodus 21:22-25; Matthew 19:14)

Note: American Cancer Society, Tract # 82-500M-Rev. 7/93- No. 2023-LE; Paragraph # 14 States, “Non smoking women who use contraceptives (“the pill”) double their chances of having a heart attack.  However, when women use the pill and smoke, they are 10 times more likely to suffer a heart attack than non smoking women who don’t take the pill.”  The wages of sin is still death, Romans 6:23.

5. Abortion is forbidden and is reason for immediate Church discipline.  The mother and the doctor, with the nurses, are murdering a life and the Word of God is very clear, You shall not kill.” (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17; Matthew 5:21; Romans 13:9)  Restoration for a truly repentant believer is according to Article VII; Section D1.

6. In vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET) / Sperm bank babies from a man, other than the husband of your vows:  It is our conviction that sperm bank babies are a violation of four areas of Biblical authority and is reason for immediate Church discipline:

(A) Holiness of God. (Genesis 1:27; 38:8-10; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

(B) Marriage:

1) One Flesh, (Genesis 2:23-24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:7-8; 1 Corinthians 6:16,19-20;
                          Ephesians 5:31
)

2) With the potential for

a) Adultery; (Romans 7:1-4)

b) Unequally Yoked unions. (2 Corinthians. 6:14)

(C) Spiritual marriage by conception. (1 Corinthians 6:15-20; 7:14; 11:8-12)

(D) Family, husband, wife, children nucleus. (1 Corinthians 7:1-5; 11:8-12; Ephesians 5:22-33; 6:1-4;
                                                              Colossians 3:18-21; Psalm 78:1-8
)

Restoration for a truly repentant believer is according to Article VII; Section D1.

7. Cloning human life is forbidden and is reason for immediate Church discipline:

God is the author and finisher of all life. (Genesis 2:7; Exodus 4:11; Psalm 139:14-16; Ephesians 1:4; Philippians 2:13; Genesis 11:1-9)  Restoration for a truly repentant believer is according to Article VII; Section D1.

 8. Stem cell research and medical use:

Stem cell research and medical use for the prevention and cure of disease is a fairly new moral issue.  WE believe that the use of stem cells taken from the umbilical cord has acceptable implications for research and medical use.  Matthew 9:12, “But when He heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.”  Jesus Christ clearly approves of physicians and medical help.  Dr. Luke was a medical physician. Using the genetic materials contained in the umbilical cord is much preferred to throwing these materials away.

 Using living embryos is to commit murder.  The Word of God is very clear, You shall not kill.” (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17; Matthew 5:21; Romans 13:9)

 J. DOCTOR ASSISTED SUICIDE IS FORBIDDEN and is reason for immediate Church discipline of any member involved in the suicide process:

All that is true of children and abortion is also true concerning doctor-assisted suicide.  The doctor is committing murder and the person is guilty of self-inflicted murder.  Again, the Word of God is very clear, You shall not kill.”  (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17; Matthew 5:21; Romans 13:9)

 K. DIVORCE, AND DIVORCE and REMARRIAGE:

WE BELIEVE,

*God hates divorce. (Malachi 2:16)

*God never intended for people to divorce. (Matthew 19:8; Hebrews 12:14-15)

*Jesus Christ taught that divorce is only for open and unrepentant immorality. (Matthew 5:32)

*If a divorced couple should desire to reconcile and remarry, having never married another after their divorce, that would be the Lord’s expressed desire. (1 Corinthians 7:11)

*Should a spouse die, the living person is free to remarry. (Romans 7:3; 1 Corinthians 7:39)

*If either has married someone else while separated from their original spouse, even though they desire
 to remarry each other, they may not. (Deuteronomy 24:4)

*Whenever marriage to another person occurs while a spouse is still alive, the Word of God calls it
  adultery.
(Romans 7:1-4; Mark 10:7-12; Luke 16:18; Matthew 5:32)

1. God’s instructions to the New Testament Christian Church are:

Romans 7:1-4, “Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? [2] For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. [3] So then if, while her husband is living, she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress, though she is joined to another man. [4] Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for God.”  Remarriage with a spouse still living is adultery and not,  “was only adultery at the time of the remarriage and, -- as some erroneously teach and preach, -- is somehow covered by the blood of Christ through confession only.

 Because the Church at Rome clearly understood the Mosaic law and the law of the husband, they understood the principles of salvation.  They understood that to be married to Jesus Christ, they had to be willing to DIE to the Mosaic law, and all the Judaic laws that they trusted in for their righteousness.  They could not divorce the law because divorce has no power over God. 

Again, 1 Corinthians 7:39, “A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.”  It CANNOT be stated any clearer than this.

2. The foundation upon which our Church is built is God’s instructions to the APOSTLES AND the prophets:

Malachi 2:16, “For I hate divorce,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “and him who covers his garment with wrong (violence, KJV),” says the Lord of hosts. “So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.”

Jeremiah 3:8a, “And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and given her a writ of divorce…” is God’s own personal example to us today.  He divorced Israel because of unrepentant adultery and has remained faithful and committed to His vows to Israel by never remarrying. (John 13:15; Romans 15:4)

Ephesians 2:19-20, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, [20] having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone.”

Matthew 5:32, “But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the cause of unchastity (sexual immorality, NKJV), makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.  Matthew is writing to a Jewish community and is quoting Jesus Christ.  Remember the law?  The law commanded that adulterers were to be stoned, Deuteronomy 22:22-24, and not divorced.  Moses, not our Lord gave permission for divorce.  Christ, knowing the Law, is not privileging us with His thinking here but this we do know:  Jesus said if a man divorced his wife for any reason other than adultery (i.e. she burned his coffee), he is causing his wife to commit adultery.  AND she will be an adulterer when she remarries, even though she was not guilty of the sin of adultery (i.e. she burned his coffee) when her husband divorced her.

Mark 10:11-12, “And He said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; [12] and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.’”    Mark is quoting Jesus Christ as he addresses the Gentile perspective of divorce and remarriage.  Jesus said that whoever divorces his wife, and marries another, commits adultery against her, his new wife.  There are those who believe in “an innocent” party, dilemma.  If we believe that this man is the innocent party, why is his remarriage adulteryThat this is a Gentile perspective is evident in VERSE 12, “and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.”  In the Jewish society the wife is considered property.  As property she had no right to divorce her husband.  In the Gentile society, a wife divorcing her husband was acceptable.  If we believe this woman is the innocent party (and there is nothing in this Scripture indicating that she isn’t), why is her remarriage adultery?

Luke 16:18, “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.”  Luke is writing to a Greek community and he is quoting our Saviour, Jesus Christ, when he writes that the man who divorces his wife and remarries is committing adultery.  Guilty of unrepentant sexual immorality or not guilty, the remarriage is adultery and, his wife, guilty or otherwise (she burned her husband’s coffee), is also guilty of adultery when she remarries?!  Both are guilty of adultery.

 3. OUR POSITION CONCERNING DIVORCE, and DIVORCE and REMARRIAGE

 a) weddings:  Our Pastors/Elders or visiting Pastors/Elders will perform weddings for believers who are faithful in living for the Lord.  Marriage is a picture of obedience and submission to Jesus Christ and should demonstrate reverence for the price He paid for our salvation and inclusion into His body, the Church.  It is our conviction that a person who is unfaithful to Christ who bought him will also be unfaithful to His principles of marriage. (Galatians 6:7; Luke 16:10; 1 Timothy 3:15-16; 5:22)  Therefore, weddings can only be performed in our Church or the properties on which it occupies for:

1) The born-again; (Amos 3:3; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Corinthians 7:39)

2) Young people who have their parents’ blessings or are seeking to obey the Lord and honor their parents;
(Ephesians 6:2-3; Proverbs 6:20; 23:22; 30:17; Exodus 20:12)

3) Couples who desire to honor the command of God and bear children; (Genesis 1:28; 9:1,7; 38:8-10;
Psalm 127:3; Matthew 19:14
) The early Church Father, Ignatius, a highly regarded contemporary of Paul and the Apostles (A. D. 30-107) sheds further light on the purpose for marriage when he wrote the following: Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians; The Ante-Nicene Fathers; Volume I; Page 81; William Eerdmans Publishing Company; 1950

“Virgins, have Christ alone before your eyes, and His Father in your prayers, being enlightened by the Spirit.  May I have pleasure in your purity, as that of Elijah, or as of Joshua the son of Nun, as of Melchizedek, or as of Elisha, as of Jeremiah, or as of John the Baptist, as of the beloved disciple, as of Timothy, as of Titus, as of Evodius, as of Clement, who departed this life in (perfect) chastity.  Not, however, that I blame the other blessed (saints) because they entered into the married state, of which I have just spoken.  For I pray that, being found worthy of God, I may be found at their feet in the kingdom, as at the feet of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob; as of Joseph, and Isaiah, and the rest of the prophets; as of Peter, and Paul, and the rest of the apostles, that were married menFor they entered into these marriages not for the sake of appetite, but out of regard for the propagation of mankind.”

4) A couple who previously divorced, never married another, and desire to reconcile.
 (1 Corinthians 7:11;  Hebrews 12:14-15)

 b) CHURCH membership and the remarried.  It is our conviction and practice that MEN and WOMEN WHO ARE:

1) Divorced and remarried to another spouse while the spouse of their vows is still living, OR,

2) Individuals married to a divorced man or woman, whose spouse of their vows is still living, CAN NOT be members of the local Church BECAUSE Romans 7:1-4, Mark 10:7-12, Luke 16:18 and Matthew 5:32, call these marriages ADULTEROUS and I Corinthians 7:39 permits remarriage only after the spouse of one’s vows has died.  Because the Word of God declares such marriages as adulterous, we believe that 1 Corinthians 5:11-13 reveals that adulterous individuals cannot be in the fellowship of the local Church.

 c) CHRISTIAN service and the divorced:  It is our conviction and practice that men and women who are divorced and not remarried while their divorced spouse is still living, and:

1) EVEN THOUGH THEY:

(a) DID NOT initiate their divorce,

(b) Nor were they accused of being the cause for their divorce, if they willingly confess before the local Church that God hates divorce, THEY MAY BE MEMBERS involved in various Christian services of the local Church. (Malachi 2:16; Isaiah 50:1a; Jeremiah 3:8; 31:32;
1 Timothy 3:2, 10; Titus 1:6, 9; 1 Thessalonians 1:5-7, 9; 2 Timothy 1:13; 2:2-5;
1 Timothy 3:16
)

2) IF THEY WERE THE SPOUSE CAUSING the destruction of their marriage and willingly:

(a) Confess before the local Church their sinfulness, and

(b) Testify that God hates divorce,

THEY MAY BE MEMBERS involved in various Christian services of the local Church.
(1 Timothy 3:1-16; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:3; Romans 7:1-4; 1 Corinthians 7:39; Mark 10:7-12;
Luke 16:18; 1 Timothy 5:9; Malachi 2:16; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 6:9-11; Acts 3:19;
2 Corinthians 2:6-8
)

Our ministry to the divorced and remarried is no different than our ministry to any other Christian locked in a sinful lifestyle, Isaiah1:18-19, ‘“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool. (19) If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land; (20) But if you refuse and rebel, You will be devoured by the sword.”  Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”’ Acts 3:19, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”

 There is no such thing as painless repentance.

 We believe the remarriage dilemma of our twentieth century Christian Church is PARALLEL to, and can be resolved in almost the same way that the Hebrew men and Priests’ sons of the Old Testament resolved their dilemma.

 We believe and teach that our Lord’s instructions found in Ezra10:1-18a, 44 is our pattern and similar practice for the divorced / remarried in today’s Christian Church with one major exception, EZRA REPRESENTS THE HARSHNESS OF THE LAW, “DIVORCE AND SEND AWAY WITH OUT REGARD FOR THE WELFARE OF THE WIFE AND CHILDREN.”

 We believe that the Lord has privileged the New Testament Church with an EXTRA DEGREE OF MERCY AND GRACE that He did not always extend to the Old Testament men and priests in Ezra’s day.  Because a person marries outside the will of God and then (1) recognizes that as a sin, they have the privilege to (2) repent of that sin, (3) reconcile to the Word of God and (4) keep all of their marriage vows to their spouse with the exception of, “to have and to hold,” and their vows to their children with respect to providing financially for them, loving them, honoring them above all others, etc.  As Christians, we can honor every aspect of our vows with the exceptions of living together and sexual intimacy.  In this area of our Christian experience, God’s command to Ezra has a much greater degree of harshness (the law) than we experience today under saving grace.  We must teach the truth and let them decide to obey or disobey.  The choice is theirs.  The wrong choice on their part will become a matter of Church family discipline on our part. (1 Corinthians 5:8-13)

 

"THE NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIAN CHURCH LEADERSHIP"

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 ARTICLE VIII- DECLARATION OF CHURCH GOVERNMENT

Hebrews 13:17
Obey those {Plural, not singular, underlined for emphasized clarity) who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

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ARTICLE VIII- DECLARATION OF CHURCH GOVERNMENT

The Government of this Church is vested in the Active Membership in a Theocratic relationship to Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:19-23; 5:23-24) and is executed through duly ordained, appointed and elected officers and committees in accord with all provisions of this constitution.  All elders and the Senior Deacon are recognized as full time Ministries with full salary and benefits. (1 Corinthians 9:7; 2 Timothy 2:6-7)

 A. THE OFFICIAL GOVERNING BOARD DEFINED

The official governing board shall be “The Board of Elders” with “The Deacons.”  The preaching and teaching Pastors are Elders and the Senior Pastor, by virtue of his office, is Chairman of the Board of Elders and the spiritual leader and shepherd of the flock (Church family). (Acts 6:2-3)

 B. OFFICERS OF THE BOARD

1. ELDERS:

The Elders are charged with the total oversight of all ministries of the Church, the spiritual welfare of the congregation, and all duties ascribed to them in other parts of this Constitution.  The Board of Elders shall function as Pastor of this Church in all emergencies involving the absence of a Senior Pastor or in the event that the Church has no Senior Pastor.  It is the responsibility and duty of the Board of Elders to examine, appoint, disciple, ordain and/or license into the ministry of the Word of God, those men whom they believe God has called and equipped for His service.  All such men shall be ordained or licensed, installed into office and/or sent out for ministry after a unanimous vote of approval by the Board of Elders and a public Ordination, Commissioning and/or licensing service before the congregation, convened for such a glorious purpose. (Acts 13:1-3)

2. DEACONS:

Deacons are under the authority and supervision of the Elders.  The Deacons are charged with the care of our widows, our orphans and our needy.  They shall serve communion and function as Trustees in all legal transactions, business matters of the ministry and maintenance of all Church properties.  They shall supervise and be responsible for the benevolent funds.  The Deacons, along with all other members and elected officers are called upon and responsible to keep the Board of Elders informed of any need affecting the welfare of our membership and the effectiveness of our ministries. (Acts 6:2-3)

 3. STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES of the Official Governing Board:

The Governing Board shall be charged with the overall supervision of all Church organizations.  It shall examine all candidates for Church membership.  It shall establish and appoint Bible Hour, Missions, Christian outreach and other ministry superintendents and officers from the Board or from the congregation and establish all Church and organizational budgets, salaries, benefits and other compensations for all full time, part time and hired staff.

 C. QUALIFICATIONS OF BOARD MEMBERS

1. ELDERS:

a) The measure for qualifications 1 Timothy 3:1-7

3:1 It is a trustworthy statement:

(1) If any man,

(Must be a man)

(2) Aspires to the office of overseer, 

(Must have an compelling desire to serve as an Elder);

(3) It is a fine work he desires to do.

(Must have reputation as a hard worker and doing good work);

 

Vs: 2 an overseer, then, must be:

 

(4) Above reproach,

(Any man can be falsely accused.  He must be proven innocent of the charge. [Proverbs 6:32-33; 18:3])

(5) The husband of one wife

 

a) Must be a married man.

(He cannot be a divorced man (questionable leadership ability)
or married to a divorcee.)

b) A widower who remains a widower with excellent spiritual and family reputation;

c) And widowers, who marry again in Christ and not to a divorcee, can serve as Elder.

(6) Temperate,

(Must have a reputation for exercising moderation in eating and drinking and exercising self-restraint in relationships, friendly when criticized.)

(7) Prudent,

(Reputation for being cautious, wise, intuitive, vigilant and thrifty);

(8) Respectable,

 

(9) Hospitable,  

 (Invites folks into his life, friendly and generous);

(10) Able to teach,

 (God given ability to teach);
 

Vs: 3

 

(11) Not addicted to wine;

 

(12) Not pugnacious, but gentle,

(Spirit and self-controlled)

(13) Not contentious,

(He does not relish conflict but, when all else fails, he will not defer to contend. [Matthew 18:15-17; 2 Timothy 1:7;
1 Corinthians 16:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; Galatians 2:11])
.

(14) Free from the love of money. 

(Not motivated by financial gain).

Vs: 4
He must be,
    15)
One who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all
          dignity

Vs: 5,
But if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the
           Church of God?);

Vs: 6 and not be:
     (16)
A new convert, lest he become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the
            devil.

Vs: 7 and he must have:
     (17)
A good reputation with those outside the Church, so that he may not fall into reproach and
            the snare of the devil.

  STATEMENT CONCERNING THE SPOUSES AND CHILDREN OF LEADERSHIP:

All Elders/Pastors, Deacons, board members and Church leaders in every avenue of service and ministry that are married and have children will maintain the testimony required in 1 Timothy 3:4-5, “He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity [5] (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?);” Titus 1:6, “namely, if any man be above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion” and 1 Timothy 3:11, “Women (their wives) must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.”  It is necessary that they have the full support of their wives and children in this endeavor to insure stability and continuance in office.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

Conversely, women who serve as leaders, teachers etc., will have the good reputations of submissive spirits concerning their husbands, a neat and orderly home and obedient children.
(Ephesians 5:22; Colossians 3:18; 1 Peter 3:1-6; Titus 2:3-5)

Elders must be members of this Church in good and regular standing, having demonstrated a genuine desire to serve the Lord and the members of this congregation in every aspect of their Christian lives.  They must meet all of the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 14-16; 4:4-16; 2 Timothy 2:1-5, 24-26; Titus 1:5-9; and I Peter 5:1-4 that apply to their situation in life.

Because they are required to have the ability to teach the Word of God and take the Spiritual and physical oversight of God’s people, they must have and be willing to, without reservation, be in full agreement with our constitution, demonstrate a good degree of competence with the Word of God and the foundational doctrines to which we ascribe, teach and practice.

b) Selection of Elders:  Elders shall be selected from the Church membership by Elder and membership recommendation. (Acts 13:1-2; 14:23; 15:6; 15:22-23; 16:4; 20:17; Titus 1:5)  The Board of Elders shall examine them for competency.  Approval for office requires the unanimous vote of the Elders. c) Reception of Elders (Ordination):  Men who have been approved for the office of Elder by the Elder Board shall be recommended to the Church by announcement from the pulpit and in the bulletin for two consecutive Sundays.  If the Elders receive no valid objections during that period, they will be installed into the office of Elder by ordination and laying on of hands of the Elders during the following Sunday morning service.  Any member(s) expressing valid objections will be required to meet with the Board of Elders and the applicant to discuss and resolve those objections for the restoration of the applicant and/or fellowship. (Matthew 18:15-20; 1Timothy 5:22; Hebrews 12:14-15)

If the Senior Pastor is permanently removed from his position for any reason, i.e. death, resignation, Church discipline etc., the position of Senior Pastor of Golden Faith Bible Church will be filled through the following succession order of Elders:

1) Pastor of Christian Education;

2) Pastor of Evangelism;

3) Pastor of Christian Reach Out Ministries;

4) Honorary Elder, so designated;

5) Additional Elders added as necessary, determined by the Board of Elders and the recommendation
    of the Church membership.

This succession of Elders can only be altered by a unanimous vote of the Board of Elders.  In the event that this Church has not grown to the point that there is a multiple Elder Board, the Deacons will become the Search and Nominating committee with the Senior Deacon, acting as Chairman and Interim Pastor.  Men who are Deacons and members of this Church are to be considered and examined first for the office of Senior Pastor and Elder (Acts 13:1-2) before any other men can be considered.  Then, the only men that shall be considered are those men who are

1) Highly recommended and

2) Thoroughly examined by the Deacon Board in keeping with this constitution’s qualifications for Elder and in the spirit of the selection for the office of Elder/Senior Pastor.

 d) Term of office:  Lifetime.

e) Removal from office (Discipline):  Follow the procedures of Article VII; D, “Discipline of
    Members

 2. DEACONS/TRUSTEES:

Deacons must be members of this Church in good and regular standing, having demonstrated a genuine desire to serve the Lord and the members of this congregation in every aspect of their Christian lives.  They must meet all the qualifications of Acts 6:1-7 and 1 Timothy 3:7-16 that apply to their situation in life.

 The foundation for understanding the selection of men and the Office of Deacon / Trustee
Acts 6:1-6,  “
Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.

Vs: 2 and the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, ‘It is not desirable for us to neglect the Word of God in order to serve tables.

Vs: 3a But (you) select from among you, brethren, seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom,

Vs 3:b, Whom we may put in charge of this task. (4) But we will devote ourselves to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.’”

Vs: 5, And the statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.

Vs: 6, And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.”

 a) Qualifications of Deacons: The measure of qualifications 1 Timothy 3:8-13:

1 Timothy 3:8a, “Deacons likewise:

Deacons must also be men of quality, even though their function in the congregation is significantly different.  The word translated “deacon” (diakonos) means literally a “humble servant.”  The role of the deacons is to carry out, under the elders’ oversight, some of the more menial tasks of the Church so that the elders can give their attention to more important things.  (See Acts 6:1-6 for the prototype of what later became the “office” of Deacon in the Church.)  The qualifications for the office of deacon are almost as stringent as for elder because of their public profile in the Church and because the servant nature of their work requires strong qualities of maturity and piety.  Deacons must them be men worthy of respect.  (Walvoord & Zuck, The Bible Knowledge Commentary;
1 Timothy 3; Pages 737-738)

 Vs: 8

1) Must be: Men of dignity (grave KJV)        (Greek: venerable, honorable, honest) Men worthy
                                                                                      of respect;

2) Not double-tongued,                                  Honest and not hypercritical;

3) Or addicted to much wine;

4) Or fond of sordid gain.                               Not motivated by financial or dishonest gain.

Vs: 9

5) But holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

“Most important of all, deacons must be men of spiritual depth (cf. Acts 6:3). Specifically they should be men who understand and hold fast the deep truths of the faith. By the phrase with a clear conscience Paul (cf. “good conscience” in 1Timothy 1:5) meant that there must be nothing in the conduct of these men that was glaringly inconsistent with their professed beliefs. In other words they must not profess one thing but practice another. (Walvoord & Zuck, The Bible Commentary; 1 Timothy 3; Page 738)

Vs: 10

6) And let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.

“Like the overseers, who are to demonstrate their maturity before being placed in a position of responsibility (v. 6), deacons must also first be tested. Paul’s intent here was not to require some formal testing procedure, but rather that these men “prove” their quality over time in the ordinary activities of life and ministry.  After they showed themselves “irreproachable,” then let them serve as deacons.  The words if there is nothing against them translate two Greek words, anenklikoi ontes, “being free from accusation (KJV) “beyond reproach” (NASV).”  The word ~nen­klitos occurs in the New Testament only in Paul’s writings, 1 Corinthians 1:8; Colossians. 1:22;1Timothy 3:10;Titus 1:6-7.  It means one who is unaccused, free from any charge at all. Christ like conduct is required of deacons. (Cf. comments on a synonym, anepilémpton, in
1 Timothy. 3:2
.) (Walvoord & Zuck, The Bible Commentary; 1 Timothy 3; Page 738)

 We believe that, as is true of Elders, any man can be falsely accused.  He must be proven innocent of the charge. (Proverbs 6:32-33;18:3)

Vs: 11

7) Women / wives must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.

(1 Timothy 2: 9-15; 1 Corinthians 14:34-35; Titus 2:3-5;1 Peter 3:1-6)

Vs: 12

8) Let deacons be husbands of only one wife,

a) Must be a married man.  He cannot be a divorced man (questionable leadership ability) or married to a divorcee.

b) A widower who remains a widower with excellent spiritual and family reputation;

c) And widowers who marry again (In Christ and not to a divorcee) can serve as Deacon.

9) Good managers of their children and their own households.  (See “STATEMENT CONCERNING THE SPOUSES AND CHILDREN OF LEADERSHIP”; Section VIII; 1a, 17)

Vs: 13

10) For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.”  It is from this statement concerning the growth of maturity and boldness while serving the body as a Deacon coupled with the Acts 6:1-6 prototype of what later became the “office” of Deacon in the Church that we confidently set forth our understanding of leadership.  Leadership begins with a discipled member who is then trusted as a Deacon and promoted to the Office of Elder.

The office of Deacon is a position of instruction and discipleship as future Elders 1Timothy 3:13, “For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus,” Therefore, Deacons must demonstrate a genuine desire and willingness to learn the Word of God, 2 Timothy 2:15, embrace, uphold and defend that which they have been taught, 2 Timothy 2:2, and take on greater responsibilities for more effective ministries in the future,
Ephesians 4:11-12, with a learner’s spirit.  They must have the full support of their wives and children in this endeavor to insure stability and continuance in office.

b) Selection of Deacons:  Deacons shall be selected from the Church membership by Elder and membership recommendation, Acts 6:1-3.  They shall be examined by the Board of Elders for competence and approved for office by the unanimous vote of the Elders, Acts 6:3b, “whom we may appoint over this business.” 

c) Reception of Deacons (Commissioning):  Men who have been approved for the office of Deacon by the Board of Elders shall be recommended to the Church by announcement from the pulpit and in the bulletin for two consecutive Sundays.  If the Elders receive no valid objections during that period, they will be installed into the office of Deacon by the laying on of hands of the Elders during the following Sunday morning service.  Any member(s) expressing valid objections will be required to meet with the Board of Elders and the applicant to discuss and resolve those objections for the restoration of the applicant and/or fellowship.
(Matthew 18:15-20; 1Timothy 5:22; Hebrews 12:14-15; Acts 6:6)

d) Term of office:  Lifetime.

e) Removal from office (Discipline):  Follow the procedures of Article VII; D, “Discipline of Members

D. OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES

1) The Senior Pastor is the Chairman of the Board of Elders and by virtue of his office, ex-officio member of all committees, boards and organizations with final veto authority.  He is responsible to the Lord, the Board of Elders and the membership for all: (Special note: All present ministry responsibilities as well as all future unforeseen ministry needs can and will be shared and shifted according to individual spiritual gifts, abilities and the leading of the Holy Spirit at the discretion of the Senior Pastor and the Board of Elders.  Our Senior Pastor shall have the final veto authority in all ministries, directives, meetings, actions and activities of Golden Faith Bible Church,
 (Acts 20:28; 1Thessalonians 5:12-13; 1 Timothy 4:16; Hebrews 13:7,17.)

(A) Preaching and teaching services:

a) Sunday AM, PM and midweek services,

b) Child and family dedication services,

c) Weddings, Funerals

(B) Evangelism, missions and missionaries:

a) Missionary conferences,

b) Evangelism conferences,

c) Youth conferences,

d) Music ministries

(C) Planning for the future:

a) Missions and reach out ministries,

b) Discipleship of elders,

c) Teachers and instructional seminars

(D) Doctrinal and practice seminars:

a) Christian life seminars,

b) Christian law seminars,

(E) Financial responsibility for the overall ministry.

Note: It is not our Senior Pastor’s responsibility to perform all of the above ministries but he is responsible to shepherd / oversee and delegate ministry stewardship to others according to their spiritual gifts, abilities and experience by the leadership of the Holy Spirit. 

2) Pastor of Christian Education and ex-officio member of all committees, boards and organizations with veto authority:

*Bible Hour

*Curriculum

*Superintendent

*Teachers

*Helpers and workers

*Training and oversight of all teachers and instructors involved in our ministry

*Discipleship and instructional seminars

3) Pastor of Evangelism and ex-officio member of all committees, boards and organizations with veto authority:

*Missions and missionaries;

*Missionary conferences and visits;

*Weekly visitation;

*Weekly calling ministries:

*Hospital;

*Shut ins;

*Ladies missionary endeavors;

*Names, places, needs, positions and goals;

*Important missionary days, dates and endeavors;

*Discipleship and instructional seminars.

 4) Pastor of Christian Reach Out Ministries and ex-officio member of all committees, boards and organizations with veto authority:

*Youth ministries

*Single persons ministries

*Divorced persons ministries

*Discipleship and instructional seminars

5) Honorary Elder, so designated because of age and years of ministry and ex-officio member of all committees, boards and organizations.

6) Additional Elders added as necessary, determined by the Board of Elders.

7) Senior Deacon and Chairman of the Deacon Board and ex-officio member of all committees, boards and organizations over which he has responsibilities as appointed by the Board of Elders with veto authority.  It is the Senior Deacon’s responsibility, with the oversight, help and approval of the Board of Elders, to oversee and delegate ministry stewardship to others according to their spiritual gifts, abilities and experience by the leadership, serve communion and function as Trustees in all legal transactions, business matters of the ministry and maintenance of all Church properties.  They shall supervise and be responsible for the benevolent funds.  The Deacons, along with all other members and elected officers are called upon and responsible to keep the Board of Elders informed of any need affecting the welfare of our membership and the effectiveness of our ministries.  Please be aware that all deacons will be chosen for their spiritual life and testimony, not their success in business.
(Luke 16:10-12; 1Corinthians 4:2; 1Timothy 1:12)

8) Deacon and Church Treasurer

a) Responsible for the collection, disbursement and accurate keeping and recording of the financial records and accounts for all ministries, committees, boards and organizations.

b) All organizational treasurers will submit all funds and accurate records to the Church treasurer for recording, banking and disbursement on the third Sunday of each month.

c) All checks written on any Church account will require the signatures of two (2) officers, the Church Treasurer (or the signature of the approved officer in his absence) and the signature of the treasurer of the individual organization, committee etc. (or the signature of the approved officer in his/her absence).

d) The Church Treasurer will submit accurate records for all Church accounts to the responsible Elder the last Sunday of each month for review and auditing.

e) The Church Treasurer with the Elder responsible for the financial oversight of Golden Faith Bible Church will submit all financial records, the third Monday of January of each new year, to an outside auditing firm for review and auditing.

f) The results of the financial audit and an accurate accounting of all Church and organizational finances will be given to the Church membership at the regular Annual Business Meeting, on the second Wednesday of February.

 9) Deacons and Church Secretary

a) Responsible for accurately recording and compiling the minutes of all meetings for all ministries, committees, boards and organizations.

b) All organizational secretaries will submit records of their organizational meetings to the Church Secretary for review on the third Sunday of each month.

c) The Church Secretary will submit accurate records for all organizational ministries to the responsible Elder the last Sunday of each month for review, needed action and future direction.

10) Deacons and Church Recording Clerk

a) Responsible for accurate membership records for all ministries, committees, boards and organizations.

b) All organizational recording clerks will submit attendance and membership records of their organizations to the Church Clerk for review on the third Sunday of each month.

c) The Church Clerk will submit accurate attendance and membership records of all Church organizations to the responsible Elder the last Sunday of each month for review and needed action and future direction.

 11) Deacon and Buildings and Grounds Superintendent

a) Responsible for the care and upkeep of all ministry grounds, properties and buildings.

b) Responsible to forecast future maintenance and repair needs to the Elder responsible for buildings and grounds.

c) Research, obtain and submit the most economical estimates and prices for supplies, maintenance and repairs, without sacrificing the quality of supplies, parts, labor and services to the responsible Elder.

d) After receiving the written approval of the Elders, he will delegate, facilitate and oversee the necessary purchase of supplies, parts, maintenance, labor and repairs.

e) Submit an annual summary of all supplies, maintenance and repairs for the year ended coupled with a projected budget for the coming new year to the responsible Elder no later than the third Wednesday of January, three weeks before the Annual Business Meeting.

 12) Removal from office (Discipline) of any officer or leader:  Follow the procedures set forth in Article VII; D, “Discipline of Members

 “Specific Scriptures PERTAINING TO WOMEN & WIVES
AND their involvement in
the --
Organized Church -- and worship services”

 Our foundation for study:

 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, [17] that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

 2 Peter 1:21, “For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

 STATEMENT: The above two verses NEGATE all arguments that the Apostle Paul had something against women, a woman hatter, making it possible for him to pin the following:

 GOD ORDAINED LAWS CONCERNING WOMEN AND WIVES:

1 Corinthians 14:34-35, “Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. [35] And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.”

 1 Timothy 2:9-13, “In like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, [10] but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. [11] Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. [12] And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. [13] For Adam was formed first, then Eve.”

Rev. Robert J. Kuiphoff
Ordained a
“Minister of the Word of God”
March 7, 1982

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"FOUNDATIONAL STATEMENTS FOR ALL STUDIES"

Note:  It is my experience and observation that correct "head knowledge" of doctrine, if not correctly translated into the practical realm of our daily experiences, will not necessarily produce a Godly witness with God's protections and blessings.  We must consciously evaluate everything we believe and practice in the light of God's Attributes and Sovereignty.  All doctrine must fall within God's parameters. We must consciously set aside our feelings.  Correct doctrine isn't "I think" or "I feel" or even "I believe".   Correct doctrine is "According to the word of God...thus says our God"

(1)  THE WORD OF GOD IS MY FINAL AUTHORITY:

Psalms 33:11, "The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations."
Psalms 119:89, "For ever, 0 Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven."
2 Peter 1:20-21, "knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,
                           [21] for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as
                           they were moved by the Holy Spirit."
II Timothy 3:15, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
                           reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."

(2)  THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD (God is the Supreme Authority) DEMANDS THAT MY
       CONCLUSION IS IN AGREEMENT WITH HIS WILL:

Psalms 119:89-91, "For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. [90] Thy faithfulness is unto all
                               generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abides. [91] They continue
                               this day according to your ordinances: for all are thy servants."
Philippians 2:13, "For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure."

(3)  THE IMMUTABILITY OF GOD (God never changes) DEMANDS THAT MY
       CONCLUSION IS IN AGREEMENT WITH HIS ORIGINAL PLAN AND PURPOSE:

Numbers 23:19, "God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man the He should repent:
                           hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or make it good?"
Malachi 3:6a, "I am the Lord, I change not."
Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever."

(4)  THE PROMISED PROVISIONS OF GOD DEMANDS THAT MY CONCLUSION
       UPHOLDS BIBLICAL
MEANS:
 

Isaiah 59:1, "Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it can not save; neither His ear heavy,
                    that it cannot hear."
1 Thessalonians 5:24, "Faithful is He who calls you, who also will do it."
Philippians 4:19, "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Jesus
                            Christ."

5)  THE PROPITIATION OF CHRIST (the Sacrificial price He paid on Calvary's cross for 
      my sins) 
DEMANDS THAT MY CONCLUSION GLORIFIES JESUS CHRIST:

Ephesians 1:22, "And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all
                           things to the church,"
Colossians 1:18b, "That in all things He might have the preeminence."

 

"WHAT IS MY TEACHING AND PREACHING STYLE"

First understand that I believe that the Local Church Family Worship service is a "Spiritual Hospital" -- therefore:

**I am not a hollerer, screamer or a pulpit pounder (1 Kings 19:10-13, Esp. 12b-13a)
       The world hollers, screams, blows their horns and verbally insult-and-assault us every day
       and all day.  Show me one example in the Word of God that Jesus hollered, shouted or
       pounded His fists to get or keep His disciples attention as He taught them.

**I am an expositor; a teacher / preacher / shepherd (Nehemiah 8:8)

**I do not stand still behind a pulpit.  I walk as I preach / teach and make eye contact with as
    many individuals as is comfortably possible (Luke 19:5)

**I will have an alter call for salvation and spiritual decisions at the close of every worship
    service (2 Corinthians 6:2; 1 Corinthians 11:28)

**At the conclusion of any worship service, after an opportunity to make decisions for salvation
    or other spiritual / personal issues, I will close in prayer and walk to the entry of the church
    and greet and speak with any and all wishing to speak to me.

 
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Please be advised, Rev. Robert J. Kuiphoff is an Ordained Minister of the Word of God and is not a licensed or trained Attorney, Psychologist, Psychiatrist or Medical Practitioner or Physician.  Any and all counsel, suggestions and / or advice derived from www.goldenfaithbiblechurch.org or via email, telephone or personal conversations with Rev. Robert J. Kuiphoff is based solely upon Rev. Robert J. Kuiphoff''s personal convictions concerning the Word of God; his personal interpretation of the Word of God and his lengthy experience counseling and advising men, women and children concerning the Christian Life and daily walk in the world that we all live in from the Word of God and / or his personal observations and experiences.


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Caution 501c3 Participants"

As a Church Family ministry, if you allow 24/7/52 lifestyle adulterers (the divorced and remarried with living divorced spouses Matthew 5:32,  Mark 10: 7-12,  Luke 16:18,  **Romans 7:2-3, **1 Corinthians 7:39, Revelation 21:8 and  Revelation 22:15 [** key verses]) in your Church Family membership, leadership and ministerial  oversight while refusing the homosexual crowd, major problems concerning your 501c3 exemptions are on the way.  You're not going to be allowed to continue having a "smorgasbord ministry" --  having it both ways.  Attorneys who are well versed in the English language and know their way around the Word of God are numerous in the leadership of our Federal and State governments.  Many of them are religious college and seminary graduates who understand 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

Deeply buried is the following:

Since this disclaimer does not expressly state any specific actions that would be protected under the First Amendment (i.e. – publicly denouncing homosexual behavior as a sin or placing an advertisement that includes Biblical verses that condemn homosexual behavior on a public billboard), it has the net effect of paraphrasing the First Amendment and nothing more. As the Judiciary Committee Minority staff has noted, the Supreme Court has “already has decided that hate crimes laws are constitutional under the First Amendment, and upheld the criminal conviction of a person for “hate speech” when coupled with a violent act committed by other persons (Wisconsin v. Mitchell, 508 U.S. 476 (1993)).” Thus, religious leaders promoting traditional morality could be made subject to compulsory legal processes (and hauled into court) simply because their religious teachings may have been misconstrued by a deranged murderer.

Free Speech & Religious Liberties:

The First Amendment establishes that Congress “shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech….”. The nature of “hate crime” legislation is to require law enforcement officials to try to ascertain the specific thoughts and motivations that a perpetrator may have had while committing a violent crime, in order to stiffen the penalty for the underlying offense. Current federal law allows an individual to be prosecuted as an “accessory” to a crime, or if the individual somehow “incited” violence. Thus, if an individual (such as a pastor or rabbi) denounced the act of homosexuality as a sin to a group of people, and one of those people committed a violent crime against a homosexual, it is plausible that the pastor or rabbi could be charged with inciting violence or as an accessory to the crime. State hate crime laws have been used in several instances to harass, arrest, and/or silence non-violent protests, public broadcasts and media events and displays, and other instances where individuals were lawfully exercising protected First Amendment free speech privileges. Some conservatives may be concerned that empowering the federal government, and disparate state and local governments via new federal grants, to pursue “hate crimes” may have the effect of silencing or restricting free speech. It is perceived by many conservatives that the “LBJ amendment” (regarding IRS regulations prohibiting political candidate endorsements by non-profits) has had the net effect of squelching free speech in churches and synagogues across the country since 1954. Notably, the only ramification that comes from not adhering to the LBJ Amendment is that a non-profit would potentially lose their 501(c)(3) tax status, not the potential criminal liability and prosecution that is allowed under this legislation.