Our Covenant

At Berean Baptist Church we seek to faithfully and genuinely live out the biblical instructions for His local church. The expression of our commitment to one another and responsibility toward one another is found in our Church Covenant.

Our Church Covenant is an agreement made between members and the Lord and members and other members. The covenant is an expression of commitment to the things of the Lord and to each other as members together of His Body and provides a summary of the life which we are committed to pursue as Christians and as a local church. When a person becomes a member of Berean Baptist Church he signals his intention to live by this Covenant and to help others in the church to do the same.

No individual Christian or local church will ever be perfectly pure in this age. The fact is that we sin even after we are saved. The church then is a body of forgiven sinners who wrestle daily with their own sinful nature. Because of this, church membership does not involve an expectation to live perfectly. Rather, our Covenant with each other is a commitment to pursue obedience to what the Scripture teaches and a commitment to help one another to that end.

We recognize that each member of the body will be at a different level of spiritual maturity and that the pursuit of obedience is not the same as perfection. The pursuit of obedience will involve failure and confession on a regular basis. The mark of a church member in good standing is not perfection, but the persistent fight of faith which recognizes sin, repents of it, confesses it, and presses on in the pursuit of holiness and obedience.

Church Covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith; having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter in covenant with one another as one body in Christ. (Rom. 8:14; Matt. 10:40; Gal. 4:14; 1 Thess. 2:13; Acts 2:41; 8:37; Matt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 12-13).

We engage therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit,

  • to walk together in Christian love (John 14:14-26; John 16:13; Eph. 5:2; 1 Thess. 4:9);
  • to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort (Eph. 2:21; 2 Pet. 3:18; 2 Cor. 7:1; 1 Thess. 5:14);
  • to promote its prosperity and spirituality;
  • to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines, (Heb. 10:25; Jude 19; 2 Thess. 3:6; Rom. 16:17; Acts 2:42; 2 John 9, 10, 11);
  • to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 1:22, 23; Col. 1:18);
  • to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and spread of the gospel through all nations (1 Cor. 16:2; Matt. 10:10; Gal. 6:6; Acts 4:34, 35; Matt. 25:40; Acts 11:29).

We also engage

  • to maintain family and secret devotions (Deut. 11:18, 20; Matt. 6:6);
  • to religiously educate our children (Eph. 6:4);
  • to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances (Mark 5:19);
  • to walk circumspectly in the world (Matt. 5:16; Eph. 5:15);
  • to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment (Rom. 12:17; Eph. 4:25; Eph. 5:8);
  • to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger (1Tim. 5:13; Eph. 4:31; 2 Cor. 12:20; Eph. 4:26);
  • to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage,
  • and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior (Eph. 5:18; 1 Cor. 6:10)

We further engage

  • to watch over one another in brotherly love (1 Thess. 5:14; Rom. 12:10);
  • to remember each other in prayer (Eph. 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:25);
  • to aid each other in sickness and distress (Gal. 6:10);
  • to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech (1 Cor. 12:25, 26; Titus 3:2);
  • to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and, mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay (Rom. 12:19; Matt. 5:23; 18:15-18).

We moreover engage, that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other local church of like faith where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

From our Articles of Organization

Article 4 Church Membership, Section 4 Duties

Members shall strive to keep and maintain their covenant obligations. These include, but are not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • To themselves: to continue the process of personal spiritual growth through such Biblical activities as will assist them toward that goal.
  • To their families: to be an example of personal holiness so that other family members will be encouraged to honor God’s ways.
  • To this church: to faithfully attend its services, to regularly contribute through the giving of tithes and offerings, to exercise spiritual giftedness through ministry service, to protect and promote its harmony and to guard its good name in the community.
  • To the community: to maintain a good testimony for Christ in the home, in the workplace, and in the daily walk in order to demonstrate the grace of God, thus being ready and equipped for opportunities to witness for Christ.
  • To civil authorities: to be subject to the authorities that God has ordained, apart from compromise of Biblical conviction, thus establishing and maintaining a testimony of yielded obedience to Christ.

From our Articles of Organization

Article 5 Church Services and Meetings, Section 1 Services

Services shall be held on the Lord’s Day for the purpose of worship and Biblical instruction. Those services shall generally include an organized time of Biblical instruction for all ages, and a morning and evening worship service. A weeknight service shall be held each week for the purpose of supporting this ministry in prayer. It shall be incumbent upon each member to make sincere effort to attend all of these services as often as possible. Other services shall be held as deemed appropriate by the Pastor for purposes consistent with the objectives of this church.