“The rest of the people—the priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, and temple servants, along with their wives, sons, and daughters, everyone who is able to understand and who has separated themselves from the surrounding peoples to obey the law of God—join with their noble brothers and commit themselves with a sworn oath to follow the law of God given through God’s servant Moses and to obey carefully all the commands, ordinances, and statutes of the Lord our Lord." Nehemiah 10:28–29
It is our hope and prayer that in all that we do, in all the ministries that we support, and even in the practical way we carry out business in our congregation, First Baptist Church would bring great glory to God. Our Church Covenant is an attempt to outline a biblical pattern for the life of a Christian. It is a covenant that the members of First Baptist endeavor to keep. We know we will keep our covenant imperfectly because we are sinners, and yet by the power of the Holy Spirit, we long for our lives to reflect the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. It could be said that our covenant directly answers the question, “What does it mean to live like a Christian?” While that is thoroughly true, our covenant reminds us that Christians are called to live like Christ, united to a body of believers. As we love Christ, we love his church.
A Church Covenant is a promise. It is a promise made to God, a promise made to a local church, and a promise made to one’s self. While our Statement of Faith is a good summary of what we believe, our Church Covenant is a summary of how we agree to live – more importantly, it is a summary of how God would have us live. It does not include every explicit command of Scripture regarding obedience, but it does give a general summary of what it means to live as a disciple of Christ in the body of Christ. As a church, our covenant explains how we commit to love and care for one another by the grace of God. To understand how we intend to live for Christ together, read our Church Covenant.