church covenant

Therefore, having been led by God to enter relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord we now recognize God’s leadership and calling for us to enter into covenant relationship with the body of believers known as Fellowship Baptist Church. 

As such we recognize our mutual responsibility to one another as the local body of Christ to be committed to being part of the community of faith and accountable to one another in the following areas:

Time together – As Scripture calls for us to “not forsake the assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10) we commit ourselves to make time with others in small group activities such as Bible Study and Sunday morning worship a vital part of our weekly schedule and embrace the responsibility of not allowing other things to come ahead of or push aside our times together as a family of faith.

Should we need to be away or find ourselves drifting from our commitments of time together we will seek quickly to restore our commitment to time together and where needed ask for help to be accountable to our covenant with one another. 

As your faith family we commit to you that we will encourage you in this commitment to time together with us especially if instances begin to arise where fellow members begin to show signs of inconsistency in being with the family of faith God has called them to be part of.                                                                                                                           Life together – As the early church practiced body life (Acts 2) so we commit ourselves to open our hearts and lives to one another to spend time with each other on a regular basis outside of church as well as in our regular scheduled activities together as the body of Christ.   

To build life with one another we commit to pray daily for one another; encourage and support each other during times of rejoicing as well as times of difficulty and to hold each other accountable in love for evidence of personal drifting from God or our church family. 

Life together also involves committing to help support the work and ministry of the family of faith God calls us to through regular, cheerful giving (2 Corinthians 9) of not only time and talents, but also finances so the work of ministry may expand and reach more people for the kingdom. We anticipate members as they grow in their commitment to Christ and the body of Christ here at Fellowship will seek to grow their financial commitments to at least the Old Testament challenge of the tithe or 10% if not already doing so.

Life together also means we are here to help you during times of personal or family stress, so we are committed to sharing from our time and resources individually and corporately as needs arise in your lives. As family you are not in this alone. We are here for you also!

Service together – As Jesus commanded for us to “go” (Matthew 28) and make a difference and see lives changed for His Glory we commit ourselves to actively pray for those around us who do not know Jesus as Savior and find ways to build bridges into their lives so we might share the Good News we have embraced and know changes hearts and lives, just as it has ours. 

To serve together we anticipate every member understand their particular SHAPE and how God has gifted them (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12) in order to find those ministries, they can enter into with joy and anticipation of God using them to make a difference for His Kingdom. As such we are committed to helping each person discover and develop their God given potential as a part of our commitment to one another. 

To serve together we also anticipate each member developing personal evangelism skills that will allow them to always be prepared to give a reason for the hope you have (1 Peter 3) and help others begin a relationship with Jesus and a journey with God. 

Growing together – As the family of God we are committed to seeking the best for one another that we all might become more like Jesus in heart and character (Romans 828-29) and that we might develop the spirit of love (John 13) and unity Jesus desires for us to have (John 17) as His followers.

To grow we recognize the responsibility of the church leadership to encourage growth from the pulpit as well as offering meaningful ways to pursue personal spiritual growth as well as growing together as a church family. To that end we commit to offer regular opportunities for spiritual growth and opportunities for serving in the church and in the community

We also recognize the individual responsibility each of us carries to pursue holiness (Hebrews 12; Titus 2) and opportunities to grow our heart, character, and service for Jesus. It is anticipated that members within this body will seek personal spiritual growth and for members of their households. 

Staying together – We recognize that God often opens new chapters in peoples’ lives that necessitates moving into new adventures and opportunities for Him, themselves, and their families.

Should that occur we believe God has a new body of believers He will lead us to and as such we should seek to join in membership with that new body of believers as quickly as He leads. Doing so will allow us to celebrate the new connections God has given you and as we would hope for you to experience.

Should members demonstrate they are not upholding the commitments of this covenant with us we will seek to call them to return and stay together with us according to biblical patterns (Matthew 18). 

Some Beliefs We cherish

(A) We believe that the Bible is God’s Word to man and that it is the only sufficient authority as the rule of doctrine and practice. 

(B) We believe in a regenerated church membership and that the conversion experience is a prerequisite to church membership. 

(C) In the New Testament the candidate was taken into the water not the water brought to the candidate; the candidate was placed in the water, not the water put on the candidate; so we believe in immersion only as answering Christ’s command of baptism and symbolizing the heart of the gospel message of death burial and resurrection. 

(D) We believe in the New Testament order of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. New Testament Christians were baptized before taking the Lord’s Supper. 

(E) We believe in the right of each active member of the church to voice in its government, plans and discipline. A Baptist church is a true spiritual democracy at work. 

(F) We believe in the freedom of the individual conscience; in the voluntary principle; not the coercive principle; in religion.

(G) We believe in the total independence and separation of church and state.