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Our Covenant

Why a Church Covenant?

A church’s Statement of Faith articulates the biblical convictions of a congregation on doctrinal matters. A church covenant articulates how those convictions apply to everyday living. Salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ occurs in a covenant relationship with God and others he has saved. Baptist churches have historically been formed as people enter into covenant with one another. Our covenant explains is a guide for how we live out our common faith in community with one another.

FBCMB’s Church Covenant

Having trusted in Jesus as the Son of God who became a man,[1] died to pay the penalty for our rebellion[2], and was raised to give us new life with Him;[3] and having promised our loyalty and love to Christ and His church through baptism;[4] we covenant with one another to be under Christ’s leadership as His Body, an expression of His presence to our community and world.[5]

Believing that God is the ultimate source of joy and that He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him;[6] and in obedience to His commands to know and love Him;[7] we pursue God in our individual lives and together in times of worship,[8] pressing in to the greatness of all He is and believing that all of life flows from our relationship with Him.

Believing that God never meant for the Christian life to be lived alone; and because the Bible teaches that when we come to know God we are born into His family;[9] and in obedience to His command to love and submit to one another;[10] we commit to our church family, giving ourselves up to them and for them as we pursue God together.[11]

Believing that an essential part of the Christian life is a commitment and desire for Christ to live through us;[12] and believing that this process of change involves external growth through service in the Body[13] and internal growth of pursuing a life of purity and victory;[14] and in obedience to Christ’s command that we train ourselves to live for Him;[15] we commit to stretch ourselves, seeking to reflect the image of Jesus to the world.

Believing that Jesus left to us the mission of calling people into relationship with God; and in obedience to His call to share His Good News with all the world;[16] we commit to build the kingdom, intentionally living for this purpose, telling our stories and giving from our resources to see friends, family, and neighbors come to know Jesus, that they will pursue God and live for Him.
Scripture Reference

[1] John 1:1-5, 14; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 John 1:3; Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:35

[2] Romans 3:25; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 10:19-22, 13:12; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 1:7

[3] Matthew 28; Acts 2:22-36; Romans 1:4, 4:23-25, 6:5; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

[4] Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12; Matt. 28:18-29; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 4:4-6; Acts 2:41

[5] Matthew 16:18-19; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 12:27; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22, 5:19-32; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Peter 2:9-10

[6] Psalm 5:11, 16:11, 73:25, 145:16; Isaiah 26:8; Jeremiah 2:12-13; John 17:13; Romans 15:13; Philippians 3:1

[7] Deuteronomy 30:6; Psalm 31:23; Matthew 22:37-38; 1 Corinthians 16:22; 2 Thessalonians 3:5

[8] Psalm 122:1; Philippians 3:7-12; Hebrews 10:24-25, 12:1-2; Acts 2:46-47

[9] 1 John 1:3; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:5, 9-10; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

[10] John 13:34-35; Romans 12:10; 1 Thess. 3:12-13; 1 Peter 1:22; Ephesians 5:21; Hebrews 13:17; Matthew 18:15-20

[11] Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 3:12-17

[12] Galatians 2:20; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Philippians 2:13

[13] 1 Corinthians 12:7; Romans 12:4-8; 1 Peter 4:10-11

[14] 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; Ephesians 4:20-24; 2 Timothy 2:21

[15] 1 Timothy 4:7-8; 6:11; 2 Peter 1:5-8

[16] Acts 1:8; John 20:21; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:46-47; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Romans 10:14-17