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This is Agodi Baptist Church

 

We, the members of The Agodi Baptist Church, Odejayi Avenue, Off Old Ife Road, P. O. Box 919, (Agodi Post Office) lbadan, believe in the ALMIGHTY GOD, in JESUS CHRIST as our LORD and SAVIOUR, in the HOLY SPIRIT, in the HOLY BIBLE as the WORD of GOD, in the equality of all believers, in the possibility of all things before GOD, in the Doctrines of the Baptist, our believes and practices as they change from time to time. We resolve to come together for the progress of the Gospel in the practice of our faith and in order to work hard in unity with all believers and to intensify our evangelism with a view to winning more souls for JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD and SAVIOUR, and to work together in LOVE, UNDERSTANDING AND COMMITED SENSE OF PURPOSE as the PSALMIST said: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity (Psalm 13:3).

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LOCATION OF THE CHURCH THE AGODI BAPTIST CHURCH is situated, lying and being at Odejayi Avenue, Off Old Ife Road, Ibadan.

MOTTO OF THE CHURCH

The motto of the Church “CHRIST OUR CORNERSTONE”

Our Achievements

 

The Bible gives final authority and therefore responsibility to the gathered congregation. With authority comes responsibility. By joining a church, you become responsible for what your church teaches and for every single member’s discipleship.

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Churches

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Musical Instruments

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Online Broadcast

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Our Service to God

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Why you must worship with Us

Our Responsibility

1. Attend Church Regularly You, as a baptized Christian and ordinary member of a church, are responsible to attend church regularly. Scripture could not be clearer about this fundamental responsibility so that you can give yourself to love and good works and encouragement

 

In His Vineyard

Help Preserve the Gospel You, as a baptized Christian and ordinary member of a church, are responsible for protecting and preserving the gospel and the gospel’s ministry in your church. Think about Paul’s “amazement” in Galatians 1: “I am amazed that you are so quickly . . . turning to a different gospel” (v. 6). He upbraids not the pastors, but the members, and tells them to reject even apostles or angels who teach a false gospel. What this means, Christian, is that you are responsible to study the gospel and know it. Can you summarize the gospel in 60 seconds or less? Can you explain the relationship between faith and works? Can a Christian live in unrepentant sin? Why or why not? Why is it important for a Christian to affirm the doctrine of the Trinity? What role do good deeds, fellowship, and hospitality play in promoting a church’s gospel ministry? Why should a church never let its identity and ministry be subverted by a political party? These are the kinds of questions, Christian, that you are responsible to answer in order to help guard the gospel. I am not telling you to find answers independently of your elders. They should equip you to answer such questions. If they aren’t, you might not be in the best church. Know the gospel, and what the gospel requires in the church’s and a Christian’s life. 3. Help Affirm Gospel Citizens You, as a baptized Christian and ordinary member of a church, are responsible for protecting the gospel and the gospel’s ministry in your church by affirming and disaffirming gospel citizens. In a matter of discipline Paul doesn’t address the Corinthian elders, but the Corinthian church itself (1 Cor. 5:1–13; 2 Cor. 2:6–8). Likewise, it is your responsibility, Christian, to receive and dismiss members. Jesus has given it to you. For you to neglect this work only cultivates complacency, nominalism, and eventually theological liberalism. Of course, the job here is bigger than showing up at members’ meetings and voting on new members. It involves working to know and be known by your fellow members seven days a week. You cannot affirm and give oversight to a people you don’t know, not with integrity anyhow. That doesn’t mean you’re responsible to know personally every member of your church. We do this work collectively. But look for ways to start including more of your fellow members into the regular rhythm of your life. Paul offers a useful checklist for doing this: Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. (Rom. 12:10–13) How are you doing on this list?

Worship Him

Attend Members’ Meetings So how do you preserve the gospel and affirm gospel citizens? By showing up consistently for members’ meetings. Different churches make decisions in different ways, which is fine. But whatever venue your church uses for making the decisions concerning the gospel “what” (the doctrine of the gospel) and the gospel “who” (the people of the gospel), you should be there. You cannot do your job if you don’t show up to the office. Admittedly, members’ meetings have a bad rap. I understand. So many are unhealthy cauldrons of dispute and insurgency. But don’t let bad marriages cause you to give up on marriage. By God’s grace, I’ve been a part of several churches now where the members’ meetings feel like warm, encouraging, and engaging family gatherings. Part of that depends on the leadership of the pastors in those meetings and how they plan it. Part of that depends on you. 5. Disciple Other Church Members You, as a baptized Christian and ordinary member of a church, are responsible for protecting the gospel and the gospel’s ministry in your church by discipling other church members. Remember Ephesians 4:15–16. The church builds itself up in love as each part does its work. You have work to do to build up the church. And part of that includes the ministry of words. A few verses later, Paul says, “Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another” (v. 25). Speak truth to them, and help them to grow. Our words should be “good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear” (Eph. 4:29). Also, make yourself available to be spoken to. Are you willing to listen? Basic Christianity involves building up other believers. It is a part of fulfilling the Great Commission and making disciples. Speaking of . . . 6. Share the Gospel with Outsiders If through union with the second Adam God has reinstated you as a priest-king, your whole life should reflect the gospel in word and deed. You are an ambassador. Paul’s charge and example is worth repeating here: He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor. 5:19b–20) Every Christian has been reconciled, and thus every Christian has received this message of reconciliation. Therefore, we plead and we pray for sinners to be reconciled to God. This, too, is a part of your job. The command to “Go and make disciples” belongs to you (Matt. 28:19). 7. Follow Your Leaders It’s the job of the pastors or elders to equip the saints for the work of ministry: for these previous six responsibilities (Eph. 4:12). If elders aren’t teaching the gospel, catechizing the church in the gospel, teaching them their responsibility for one another, then they’re ill-equipping the church for the job Jesus has given them. Christian, this means that you’re responsible to avail yourself of the elders’ instruction and counsel. Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching you’ve learned from them (2 Tim. 1:13). Follow their teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, love, and endurance, along with their persecutions and sufferings (2 Tim. 3:10–11). Be the wise son or daughter in Proverbs who takes the path of wisdom, prosperity, and life by fearing the Lord and heeding instruction. It is better than jewels and gold. Authority Brings Responsibility The Bible gives final authority and therefore responsibility to the gathered congregation. With authority comes responsibility. By joining a church, you become responsible for what your church teaches and for every single member’s discipleship. You are responsible to act if Pastor Ed begins to teach a false gospel. You are responsible to help ensure Member Candidate Chris adequately understands the gospel. You are responsible for Sister Sue’s discipleship to Christ, and that she’s being cared for and nurtured toward Christlikeness. You are responsible to ensure Member Max is excluded from the fellowship of the church if his life and profession no longer agree. Who trains you for all this work? Your elders. Add your responsibilities together with theirs and you have Jesus’s discipleship program.

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OBJECTIVES OF THE CHURCH

i. To cultivate respect among its members, to love, assist one another, those who believe Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour ii To promote evangelism and church planting iii To create awareness for mutual love among Church members as a member of one family and care for one another. iv. To organize and execute programmes as laid down by the Nigerian Baptist Convention in all her departments such as: Sunday School, House Fellowship, Men’s Missionary Union, Women’s Missionary Union, Youth Fellowship and other church organizations as may be approved by the Church from time to time. v. To award scholarships or financial support to deserving students in higher institutions and students for Ministerial education, subject to availability of funds. vi. To cooperate with other Baptist Churches, Associations, Conferences and The Nigerian Baptist Convention in carrying out the objectives as spelt out in the Constitution of The Nigerian Baptist Convention. vii. To observe the Lord’s Supper at intervals. viii. To worship together the Almighty God in Christ’s Name according to Baptist doctrines on the usual days and organize other Church meetings as established and recognized by The Nigerian Baptist Convention, ix. To inculcate and uphold moral standards in schools by founding schools and making necessary provision for all round development of the children x. To create other avenues with a view to improving the revenue base of the Church, xi The Church may establish health care center

DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES

i. That The Agodi Baptist Church, Ibadan, fully accepts that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were give by inspiration of God and that they are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule for all saving knowledge, faith and obedience. The Church recognizes the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, The Incarnate Son of God and our Saviour as The Head of the Church and the New Testament teaching as the sole authority in all matters pertaining to faith and practice. The Church, under the guidance of The Holy Spirit has the liberty to interpret the teachings of The Holy Bible and administer its laws responsibly within the Baptist historic faith ii. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit to show forth a solemn and beautiful emblem of one’s faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour It is a prerequisite of the privileges of Church membership and to the Lord’s Supper iii. The Lord’s Supper is a sacred ordinance in which the members of the Church, by the use of elements such as bread and wine commemorate together the atoning love of Christ. iv. It is the duty of every disciple to bear personal witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ and to take part in evangelization of the world. v. That The Agodi Baptist Church recognizes the autonomy of every local Baptist Church cooperating with The Nigerian Baptist Convention under the leadership of The Holy Spirit. vi. That The Agodi Baptist Church recognizes monogamy as the ideal state of family life according to the New Testament This Church places on record its adherence thereto. No known polygamists shall be allowed to hold any office in the Church, or serve as a lay preacher. But they can participate in the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. vii. Realizing that membership in a secret society and the taking of oath of membership in such a society are both contrary to the teaching of the New Testament. This Church therefore, declares unequivocally that any member in the Church cooperating with The Nigerian Baptist Convention who is known to be member of a secret society (foreign or indigenous) shall not be allowed to hold membership in the Church, or in any of its Mission Churches, to hold any office in the Church, to serve as a lay preacher to participate in ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper or to be given a Christian burial by the Church or any of its Mission Churches.

ELIGIBILITY OF MEMBERSHIP

The following shall be eligible for membership of Agodi Baptist Church; i. A Christian baptized by immersion in Agodi Baptist Church, lbadan, on declaration of his/her faith in JESUS CHRIST as his/her Lord and Saviour. ii. A Christian with a letter of transfer from a Baptist Church recognized by The Nigerian Baptist Convention who in turn is duly registered by the Agodi Baptist Church. iii. A Baptist Christian, who has been expelled from this Church but has later had a testimony of improved Christian living from the Church Council, may be restored to the membership subject to the approval of the Church at the Church in-Conference meeting with a simple majority vote. iv. A person who has been expelled from another Baptist Church and who wishes to join this Church, shall serve a probation period, the length of which shall be determined by the Church Council. Such a person after having served the probation period and a testimony of a good Christian living shall be recommended to the Church in Conference for membership and such recommendation shall be approved or otherwise by a vote of two-thirds majority of the members present at the meeting. v. The Minister of God in Charge of the Church who is the Spiritual head of the Church together with the baptized members of his family shall be eligible for membership, if he is just joining the Church as a result of his call. vi. All other pastors called by the Church together with the baptized members of their families shall on their resumption be eligible for membership. vii. All members of The Agodi Baptist Church Mission Churches duly registered, are considered as members of Agodi Baptist Church until such Churches are organized. viii. That membership is open to all believers in Christ irrespective of race, tribe or political affiliation but with satisfactory report of good Christian life. ix. That a known member of any secret society shall not be recognized or accepted as a member of The Agodi Baptist Church. x. That in conformity with The Nigerian Baptist Convention policies, the Church shall not allow dual membership and where such occurs, such a member shall be advised to decide on which church to belong else such member shall be expelled.