As members of the First Baptist Church of Oceanway, we affirm this covenant with one another by God's grace, for our good and ultimately for God's glory.
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38; 16:31; 20:21; Romans 10:9-10) and to surrender our lives to Him (Luke 9:23), and having been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41; Romans 6:1-4), we covenant together to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7; 1 Corinthians 10:31) by proclaiming the Gospel to every man, woman and child - making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20; Psalm 67:1-2; Revelation 7:9-10).
Together, we will draw near to God in worship (Hebrews 10:22; Romans 12:1-2). We will delight in the glory of God (Psalm 16:11; 37:4; 63:1-11), depend on the presence of God(Exodus 33:14-18; Matthew 28:20; John 15:5; James 4:8), grown in the knowledge of God (Philippians 3:10; Colossians 1:9-12; 2 Peter 3:17-18), and submit to the Word of God as the all-sufficient authority in our lives and in the life of His church (2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Psalm 19:7-11; 119:105-112).
Together, we will hold fast to the hope we profess (Hebrews 10:23). We will regularly participate in communion as we solemnly and joyfully remember the past work of Christ on the cross, celebrate the present work of Christ at the Fathers right hand, and anticipate the future work of Christ in His return for His bride (Luke 22:7-23; Acts 2:42: 1 Corinthians 11:23-32).
Together, we will spur one another on to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). We will meet with one another consistently (Hebrews 10:25), pray for one another regularly (Philippians 1:3-6), and serve one another selflessly (Romans 12:9-13). We will share each other's joys and bear each other's burdens (1 Corinthians 12:25-26; Galatians 6:2). We will edify one another with our speech (Ephesians 4:29-32) and encourage one another with our example (1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Philippians 4:9). We will humbly and gently confront one another and receive correction from one another in accordance with a New Testament understanding of church discipline and restoration (Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Galatians 6:1). We will give cheerfully and generously to the support of the church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel through all nations (2 Corinthians 8-9)
Together, we will submit to the leadership who have been entrusted by God to serve and care of this body by teaching the Word of Christ to us and modeling the character of Christ before us, and we will affirm deacons as leading servants in the church (Hebrews 13:17; Acts 6:1-7; 20:28-31; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 5:17-20; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
Together, we will engage in all covenants and commitments pertaining to the home (Matthew 19:1-15). We will value God's design for marriage (Genesis 2:23-25), which is to reflect the beauty and permanence of Christ's loving relationship with His bride, the church (Ephesians 5:22-33: Revelation 19:7). We will value our children as treasures from God (Psalm 127:3) by dedicating our homes for the glory of God (Exodus 12:1-13; Joshua 24:15; Acts 5:42); by saturating our children with the Word of God (Psalm 119:1-176); by teaching our children about the greatness of God (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 20-25; Psalm 78:1-8; Proverbs 22:6); and by propelling our children into the mission of God (1 Samuel 1:1-28; Matthew 28:19-20).