FBC Member 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 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;
To promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines;
To contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances;
To walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and. exemplary in our deportment;
To avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger:
To abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love;
To remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech;
To be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from 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.
What we believe
The Bible is God's revelation of Himself to man. God is its author and salvation is its end. It is truth without error. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is the infinite Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe: all powerful and all knowing. He reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God the Father
He reigns with providential care over His creation according to the purposes of His grace. God is Father in truth to those who become His children through faith in Jesus Christ.
God the Son
Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and completed the will of God without sinning. His death and resurrection is the only means for the salvation of man.
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the divine Spirit of God. He exalts Christ and convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior and empowers each believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Man is created in the image of God. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Only by the grace of God can man be restored to fellowship with God and secure a place in heaven for eternity.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
The church is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant and faith and fellowship. The church has one purpose: to glorify God. The church serves God and one another in five ways as it seeks to accomplish its one purpose: Worship, Discipleship, Fellowship, Missions, and Evangelism.
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior. The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of Jesus and anticipate His second coming.
God ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant relationship for a lifetime and is God's gift to a man and woman for expressions of intimacy and companionship. Parents are responsible to God to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them through lifestyle example to make choices based on biblical truth.