We, the members of Faith Baptist Church, Inc. do hereby covenant with each other before God to:
Be a family; committed to each other in love, acceptance, and forgiveness of each other until death or God’s call causes us to part.
Live for Jesus Christ taking His commands seriously, and so bringing honor to the body of Christ by maintaining a good testimony.
Help one another grow toward Christian maturity by bearing one another’s burdens. Encouraging, exhorting, and, praying for one another. Confessing our sins, speaking the truth in love, and admonishing one another. Submitting, serving, and patiently bearing with one another. Greeting, living in peace, and being hospitable with one another. Regarding one another as more important than ourselves, caring for one another, exercising our spiritual gifts to serve one another, being kind, tenderhearted, and devoted to one another. Accepting, forgiving, and loving one another.
Invite one another to pray for us, teach us, correct us. If necessary, to rebuke us, in a spirit of gentleness and humility, should we stray from our Lord’s commands, because the thing we desire most in life is to serve Christ. We voluntarily submit ourselves to one another and to the discipline of the Church. Such discipline will always be for the loving purpose of restoration – restoration to fellowship with God and with the covenant community – and it will always be done in accordance with Matthew 18:15-22.
We enter into this covenant because we have the common purpose of obeying Jesus Christ, and because we believe that we need one another’s help to do this.
As believers, and disciples of Jesus Christ, we have entered into a covenant relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – The one true God who revealed Himself in Jesus. Since the blessing and promise of the covenant have been freely extended and given to us, out of wonder, love, thanksgiving and reverence, we hereby accept and take up the covenant responsibilities that go with such privilege. This is our reasonable service and we should do nothing less.
God help us all! We rely on His Grace and hold fast to His promise that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.