As members of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ST. FRANCISVILLE, we affirm this covenant with one another by God’s grace, for our good, and ultimately for God’s glory.
Having been brought by divine grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38; 16:31; 20:21; Romans 10:910) and to surrender our lives to Him (Luke 14:2533), and having been baptized as Christians in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:41; Romans 6:1-4), we covenant together to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7; 1 Corinthians 10:31) by making disciples (Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:2) of all nations (Psalm 67:1-2; Revelation 7:9-10).
Together, we will draw near to God in worship (Hebrews 10:22; Romans 12:1-2). We will delight in the glory of God (Psalm 16:11; 37:4; 63:1-11; 1 Corinthians 10:31), depend on the presence of God (Exodus 33:14-18; Matthew 28:20; John 15:5; James 4:8), grow in the knowledge of God (Philippians 3:10; Colossians 1:9-12; 2 Peter 3:17-18), and submit to the Word of God as the all-sufficient authority in our lives and in His church (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Psalm 19:7-11; 119:105-112; 2 Timothy 4:2-4).
Together, we will hold fast to the hope we profess (Hebrews 10:23). We will regularly participate in communion as we solemnly and joyfully remember the past work of Christ on the cross, celebrate the present work of Christ at the Father’s right hand, and anticipate the future work of Christ in His return for His bride (Luke 22:7-23; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32).
Together, we will spur one another on to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). We will meet with one another consistently (Hebrews 10:25), pray for one another regularly (Philippians 1:3-6), and serve one another selflessly (Romans 12:9-13). We will share each other’s joys and bear each other’s burdens (1 Corinthians 12:26; 2 Corinthians 2:3; Galatians 6:2). We will edify one another with our speech (Ephesians 4:29-32) and encourage one another with our example (1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Philippians 4:9). We will humbly and gently confront one another and receive correction from one another in accordance with a New Testament understanding of church discipline and restoration (Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Galatians 6:1). We will give cheerfully and generously to the support of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations (2 Corinthians 8-9).
Together, we will by God’s grace through the power of the Holy Spirit commit to walk in holiness in all areas of life as an act of worship to Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13-16; 4:1-3). We will practice chastity unless married and, if married, we will practice complete fidelity within heterosexual and monogamous marriage (Romans 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 6:15-20, 10:8; Ephesians 5:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4). We will also refrain from illegal drug use, drunkenness, gossip and other sinful behavior (Romans 1:28-32, 13:13; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:18; James 3:3-18). We will also take seriously our responsibility of Christian freedom, especially actions or situations that could present a stumbling block to another (1 Corinthians 8:1-13).
We will submit to the leadership who have been entrusted by God to serve and care for this body by teaching the Word of Christ to us and modeling the character of Christ before us, and we will affirm deacons as leading servants in the church (Hebrews 13:17; Acts 6:1-7; 20:28-31; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 5:17-20; 1 Peter 5:1-4). If we move from this local body, we will as soon as possible unite with another local church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word (Hebrews 10:25).
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all (2 Corinthians 13:14).