First Baptist Church of Springfield
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Sharing Hope Through the Love of God

Church Covenant

  
Having been led to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior by the Spirit of God,                 
(John 3:16; Romans 3:21-26; Romans 10:9; Romans 8:1-4; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 1:9)
 
And, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
(Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-4)
 
We do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
       
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort;
(Proverbs 1:7; 1 Corinthians 13; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7; Philippians 1:9-10; Colossians 3:15; Hebrews 12:14; 1 John 4:7-21)  
 
To promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines;
(Matthew 18:15-20; Acts 2:41; Acts 8:36-38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Colossians 3:16; 1 Timothy 4:16; Hebrews 10:25)
 
To contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the needs of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
(Nehemiah 10:39; Isaiah 61; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 14:12-14; Acts 4:32-35; James 4:17)
 
We also engage to maintain family and personal devotions; to educate our children in the Christian faith; to seek the salvation of our family and acquaintances;
(Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Psalm 46:10; Psalm 119:9-11,105;  Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 5:11-16; Matthew 6:5-13)     
 
To walk cautiously in the world; to be fair in our dealing, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our behavior, so that our actions will not cause another to stumble.
(Romans 14:13-23: 1 Corinthians 10:23-33; Ephesians 6:10-18; James 5:12; 1 John 2:9-10)
 
To avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive wrath;
(Proverbs 10:19; Proverbs 16:28; Proverbs 21:23; Matthew 15:17-20; Ephesians 5:29-32; James 1:26; James 3:1-12)
 
To treat our bodies with respect, avoiding materials or excess which may harm our physical or spiritual health; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
(Proverbs 20:1; Proverbs 23:19-21, 31-35; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20; Ephesians 5:3-4, 18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8) 
 
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love;
(1 John 3:11-24; Romans 12:9-21; 2 Peter 1:5-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:15)  
 
To remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech;
(Acts 1:14; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; 1 Timothy 2:1; James 5:13-16)
 
To be slow to anger, but always ready for reconciliation, mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
(Numbers 14:17-18; Proverbs 29:11; Matthew 6:14-15; Matthew 18:15-20; Colossians 3:12-15; James 1:19-22)
 
We moreover engage that when we leave this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.