The Faith and Government of Quest Church
The membership of this church accepts the Bible as its authority.
The Bylaws are intended to apply biblical concepts to the establishment of the structure and function of this church body. These Bylaws establish Quest Church’s interpretation of these biblical concepts.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 | All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
ARTICLE 1 | NAME AND INCORPORATION
A. Name of the Corporation
The name of this church is Quest Community Church. Its seal shall consist of an oval design bearing the words:
Quest Community Church
5230 Northfield Rd.
Maple Heights, OH 44137
Quest Community Church
Organized 2012. Incorporated 2012.
C. Organization Purpose
Quest Church, Inc. shall be organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law in order to:
1. Minister the Word of God.
2. Conduct regular religious worship services through various forms of ministries.
3. Promote and encourage, through ministries of the organization, cooperation with other organizations ministering within the community.
4. Spread the Word of the Gospel by ministering to all through seminars, radio, television, and other forms of mass media.
5. Conduct a local and international church by the direction of the Lord Jesus Christ and under the leadership of the Holy Spirit in accordance with all the provisions as set forth in the Bible.
6. Maintain local church and missionary facilities.
7. Conduct a school for ministers and leaders.
8. License and ordain qualified individuals including graduates of ministerial schools.
9. To have the right to own, hold in trust, use, possess, sell, convey, mortgage, lease or dispose of such property, real or chattel, as may be needed for the prosecution of its work.
10. Quest Church, Inc. is not organized, nor shall it operate, for pecuniary gain or profit, and it does not contemplate the distribution of gains, profits, or dividends to its members and is organized solely for non-profit purposes. The property, assets, profits and net income of this church are irrevocably dedicated to charitable, educational, and religious purposes and no part of the profits or net income of this church shall ever inure to the benefit of any individual. On the dissolution of this church, its assets remaining after payment, or provision or payment of all debts and liabilities of this church shall be distributed to a non profit fund, foundation, or corporation that is organized and operated for charitable, educational, ecclesiastical, or religious purposes and that has established its tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
The term in which the corporation is to exist is perpetual.
ARTICLE 2 | STATEMENT OF FAITH
A. The Word of God
We believe that only the sixty-six books of the Bible, in their original languages, are the inspired and, therefore, inerrant Word of God. The Bible is the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live. (Mt. 5:18; Jn. 10:35; Jn. 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16–17; 2 Pet. 1:20–21)
We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power, and glory. God is infinite in love, perfect in judgments, and unchanging in righteousness and mercy.
We believe that God not only created the world, but also now upholds, sustains, governs, and providentially directs all that exists, and that He will bring all things to their proper consummation in Christ Jesus, to the glory of His name. (Ps. 104:1–35; Ps. 139:1–24;
1. God the Father
We believe God the Father is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. We believe the heavenly Father is the source of all that exists, whether of matter or spirit. With the Son and the Holy Spirit, He made man, male and female, in His image. By intention He relates to people as Father, thereby forever declaring His goodwill toward them. In love He both seeks and receives penitent sinners. (Ps. 68:5; Isa. 64:8; Mt. 5:45; Mt. 7:11; Jn. 3:17; Rom. 8:15; 1 Pet. 1:17)
2. God the Son
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God; that He is God incarnate, fully God and fully man; that He was eternally preexistent with the Father and the Holy Spirit; and that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a penal, substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By His blood shed at the cross, He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for the saints forever. He will return to earth again to reign in righteousness. (Mt. 1:18–25; Jn. 1:1–18; Rom. 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:1– 28; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:10–14; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 2:6–11; Col. 1:15–23; Heb. 7:25; Heb. 9:13– 15; Heb. 10:19; 1 Pet. 2:21–25; 1 Jn. 2:1–2)
3. God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, in whom we are also sealed for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit regenerates, forever indwells, and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service. Subsequent to conversion, the Spirit desires fills, empowers, and anoints believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the Church to fulfill its calling and mission. (Mt. 3:11; Jn. 1:12–13; Jn. 3:1–15; Acts 4:29–30; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12– 13;
We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work or any other activity on the part of man is required or accepted for his salvation. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight, that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. (Jn. 1:12–13; Jn. 6:37–44; Jn. 10:25–30; Acts 16:30–31; Rom. 3:1–4; Rom. 8:1–17, Eph. 2:8–10; Phil. 2:12–13; Titus 3:3–7; 1 Jn. 1:7, 9)
We believe that Satan, originally a great and good angel, rebelled against God, taking a multitude of angels with him. He was cast out of God’s presence and is at work with his demonic hosts to establish his counter-kingdom of darkness, evil, and unrest on earth. Satan was judged and defeated at the cross of Christ and will be cast forever into the lake of fire which has been prepared for him and his angels. (Isa. 14:10–17; Ezek. 28:11–19;
We believe that humanity, male and female, was originally created in the image of God, righteous and without sin. As a consequence of disobedience, all persons are sinners by both nature and choice, and are, therefore, spiritually dead and justly condemned as children of wrath in the sight of God, wholly unable to save themselves. (Gen. 1:1–3:22; Ps. 51:5; Isa. 53:5; Rom. 3:9–18; Rom. 5:12–21; Eph. 2:1–3)
F. The Church
The church is a community of redeemed people worldwide under the Lordship of Jesus who meet regularly to worship, be discipled, partake of the sacraments, fellowship, and carry out the great commission together.
1. Jesus established the local church to function with ordained leaders and a form of governance that protects, guides and releases people in their gifts to minister. The church functions under the theocratic rule of God with clearly defined elders.
2. We believe that the Church is God’s primary instrument, through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for the work of ministry, God has given the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.
3. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints.
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances of the Church, to be observed until the time of Christ’s return.
1. We believe that the baptism of believers with water is a pledge of their covenant with God. It identifies them with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It is a sign of their cleansing and freedom from sin, and their commitment to walk in the way of Jesus
2. We believe that through the Lord’s Supper the church renews its covenant with God and with each other, and participates in the life and death of Jesus Christ until he comes. 1 Cor. 11:23-32, 1 Cor. 10:16-17, Lk. 22:15-30, Jer. 31: 31-34
H. Missions and Service
We believe that God has called the Church to work together in unity and honor in preaching the gospel to all nations, in making disciples according to the teachings of Jesus Christ and His apostles, and in remembering the poor and ministering to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service.
1. Human Sexuality
We believe a sexual relationship is only appropriate in a monogamous, heterosexual marriage covenant, and therefore should only be practiced in such a covenant. We believe that any sexual practice outside of the previously described marriage covenant is sin.
We believe that God created humankind in His image, intentionally male and female with each bringing unique qualities to sexuality and relationships. Sexuality is a wonderful gift from God to be expressed in marriage for procreation, union, and mutual delight or in celibacy in devotion to God. We believe that marriage is the union of one man (husband) and one woman (wife) through a sacred covenant designed by God to be a lifelong relationship and commitment between a husband and a wife.
We will teach and uphold God's marriage design as found in the Scriptures, but we also seek to minister to those who suffer the consequences of its brokenness. We also affirm that we are called to minister to all who fall short of God’s standards with love and compassion. (Genesis 1:27, Hebrews 13:4, I Corinthians 7:35, Matthew 19:4-6)
J. Last Things
We believe in the literal second coming of Christ at the end of this age, when He will return to earth personally and visibly to reign over the nations in His millennial kingdom. No one can know with certainty the timing of the Lord’s return.
We also believe in and are praying for a great end-time harvest of souls and the emergence of a victorious Church that will experience unprecedented unity, purity, and power in the Holy Spirit. (Ps. 2:7–9, Ps. 22:27–28; Mt. 24:36; Jn. 14:12; Rom. 11:25–32;
K. Eternal Reward and Punishment
We believe that when Christians die, they pass immediately into the blessed presence of Christ, there to enjoy conscious fellowship with the Savior until the day of the resurrection and the glorious transformation of their bodies. The saved will receive eternal rewards and forever dwell in blissful fellowship with their great triune God.
We also believe that when unbelievers die, they are consigned to hell, there to await the Day of Judgment when they shall be punished in the lake of fire with eternal, conscious, and tormented separation from the presence of God. (Dan. 12:2; Mt. 25:46; Lk. 16:19–31; Jn. 5:25–29; 1 Cor. 15:35–58; 2 Cor. 5:1–10; Phil. 1:19–26, Phil. 3:20–21; 2 Thes. 1:5–10; Rev. 20:11–15; Rev. 21:1–22)
ARTICLE 3 | MEMBERS CONFESSION
We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original manuscripts, sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do, and the final authority for all matters of faith, practice, and life. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:19-21)
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that these three are equal in every divine perfection; and that this God is the Creator and Ruler of all things and is the center of our worship. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19-20; Genesis 1:1-2; John 1:1-3; 1 Chron 16:23-25
God The Father
We believe in God the Father who sovereignly rules over all that He created and continues to care for and sustain in providence all that exists. (Matthew 6:9; Genesis 1:1; Psalm 115:3; Daniel 4:35; Ephesians 1:11)
We believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, God’s only Son, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and is fully God and fully man—the only mediator between God and man. (1 Corinthians 8:6; John 20:28; John 3:16; Matthew 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:15; John 1: 14; Colossians 2:9; Philippians 2:5–7; 1 Timothy 2:5)
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who glorifies the Father and the Son, convicts the world of sin, regenerates hearts, indwells all believers, gives gifts to men and women, and guides believers in obedience to the truth. ( John 16:8, 14-15; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 12:7; Romans 8:13-14)
We believe that humans were created by God in His own image; that they sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe that God created humans as male and female and ordained marriage to be a lifelong covenant between one man and one woman. (Genesis 1:27-28; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Matthew 19:4-6)
We believe that Jesus Christ, according to the will of God the Father, offered Himself as a substitutionary atoning sacrifice, and that all who repent from their sin and believe in Him have eternal life. By his death on the cross, Jesus defeated evil, sin, and death. (Isaiah 53:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Acts 2:38; John 3:16; Hebrews 2:14)
We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, and that true faith in the gospel will be made evident by a life of repentance and godliness. (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:12)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead as the firstfruits of our resurrection, and in His ascension into heaven to the right hand of the Father.
We believe in the universal Church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a body of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, under elders, and associated for worship, service, and fellowship. We believe that the primary mission of the church is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and make disciples of all nations. (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 2:19-22; Galatians 3:26-28; 1 Peter 5:1-5; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that water baptism of a believer into the name of the triune God signifies one’s identification with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death until he comes. (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5;
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the endless suffering of the wicked, and the eternal joy of the righteous. (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:20; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:1-9)
ARTICLE 4 | MEMBERS COVENANT
Having been led by the Holy Spirit to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the public confession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, solemnly and joyfully endeavor to keep the spirit of this covenant as one body in Christ.
We purpose, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and love; to promote its fruitfulness and spirituality; to a end its services regularly; to sustain its worship, ordinances, and doctrines; to submit to its discipline and the authority of its o cers; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to give faithfully of time and talent in its activities; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, to the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel throughout all nations.
We also purpose to maintain family and private devotion to the Lord; to train our children according to the Word of God; to seek the salvation of our family and neighbors to walk carefully in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our conduct; to abstain from all activities, habits, and lifestyles that dishonor our Lord Jesus Christ, cause stumbling to a fellow be- liever, or hinder the gospel witness; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the cause of Christ, our Savior, and to give Him preeminence in all things.
We further purpose to encourage one another in the blessed hope of our Lord’s re- turn; to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feelings and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take o ense, but always ready for reconciliation.
We moreover purpose that when we leave this church we will as soon as possible unite with another church of like faith where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
ARTICLE 5 | OBJECTIVES
The purposes for which this church is a organized to operate and function as a church in all its religious charitable and educational dimensions including but not limited to the following church's purposes.
1. To Learn, Live And Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We believes that we are called by God not only to salvation, but to a growing relationship. We are His children both by creation and by redemption; therefore, we are life-long students of His Holy Word. What we learn, we seek to practice, for God through Christ gives not only the words of eternal life, but also abundant life here and now. We believe this so strongly, we desire to share the Message of Jesus Christ with all persons, here and around our world.
2. To be a Loving Fellowship of Christians Filled with the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the fellowship within God's church is superior to any other. Our fellowship is based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ, that we are to minister to one another. Above all, we will strive to nurture a loving fellowship, remembering that it is God's indwelling Holy Spirit who grants us the capacity to love and serve.
3. To be a Worshipping Fellowship which Encounters the Living Presence of God.
We believe that both private and corporate worship is an obligation as well as a privilege. We worship God because He deserves to be worshipped and because we love Him. Worship fulfills our great need to encounter the grave and love of our Heavenly Father.
ARTICLE 6 | PURPOSES
The Church is formed for any lawful purpose or purposes not expressly prohibited under the Ohio Nonprofit Corporation Law. The Church is organized and shall be operated exclusively for religious, charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Church’s purposes also include the limited participation of the Church in any other activities, including taxable activities, but only to the extent the activities would be permitted by a tax-exempt organization. More particularly, but without limitation, the purposes of this Church are:
a. To promote the Christian religion by any appropriate form of expression, within any available medium, and in any location, through the Church’s combined or separate formation, of a church, ministry, charity, school, or eleemosynary institution, without limitation.
b. To establish and maintain a place of worship of the Almighty God, our Heavenly Father; to provide for Christian fellowship; to propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ both at home and in foreign lands; and to support and send missionaries throughout the world.
c. To ordain, employ and discharge ordained ministers of the Gospel, and others, to conduct and carry on divine services at the place of worship of the Church, and elsewhere
d. To collect and disburse any and all necessary funds for the maintenance of said Church and the accomplishment of its purpose within the State of Louisiana and elsewhere.
e. To make distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended.
f. This Church is also organized to promote, encourage, and foster any other similar religious, charitable and educational activities; to accept, hold, invest, reinvest and administer any gifts, legacies, bequests, devises, funds, and property of any sort or nature, and to use, expend, or donate the income or principal thereof for, and to devote the same to, the foregoing purposes of the Church; and to do any and all lawful acts and things which may be necessary, useful, suitable, or proper for the furtherance of accomplishment of the purposes of this Church. Provided, however, no act may be performed which would violate Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as it now exists or as it may hereafter be amended.