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As Christians, we are members of God’s household (Eph. 2:19) called to function, participate, and minister in a particular place within the body of Christ.

A healthy body requires that each member do its part well. A healthy church requires the same: members who are sacrificially committed and well-equipped to do the works of service that God has prepared in advance for us to do (Eph. 2:10; 4:12). Fellowship Baptist Church holds its members in high regard; we expect them to lead as missionaries of the gospel to the culture. God, in his sovereignty, placed us in this city, among these people, in this century, for a reason (Acts 17:26–27).

Being a member of Fellowship Baptist Church is really about being part of a family.

All members are disciples of Jesus, unified by their identity in Christ. This unity is expressed in the way they collaborate in loving God, loving fellow Christians, and loving non-Christians. Members who enter into a covenant with their local church are called to a higher degree of responsibility and service. At the same time, the ministry leaders and deacons are covenanted to assist members first and foremost, to love and lead, provide counsel and aid, pray for, teach, and guide them (1 Peter 4:8-10).

(Below is an overview of the church’s belief’s and statement of faith. Please contact the church office or stop by our Welcome Center to receive a complete copy of our Church Constitution and Ministry Bylaws.)

WHAT IS A COVENANT?QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIPDUTIES OF THE CHURCH TO ITS MEMBERSDUTIES OF A CHURCH MEMBER
WHAT IS A COVENANT?
A covenant is a promise by which we obligate ourselves to one another in such a way that the obligation of one party is not dependent on the faithfulness of the other (Ezek. 20:44; 36:22; Ps. 76:11; Hos. 2:19-20; 3:1; 2 Tim. 2:13).

The Membership Covenant includes an individual statement of faith, a statement of biblical doctrine, and commitment to the mission of Fellowship Baptist Church. Though the covenant does define the relationship between members, the church, and its pastor; it is first and foremost a promise made to God as a commitment to His glory and His bride, the church (Eph. 5:25).

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
Upon a majority vote of the members present at any church service or meeting, membership shall be extended to all who have had and whose lives evidence a genuine experience of regeneration through faith in and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior, who renounce sin, who endeavor to live a consecrated life wholly unto the Lord, who fully subscribe to the Statement of Biblical Doctrine, who agree to submit to the authority of the church and its leaders as set forth herein; and upon compliance with any one of the following conditions:

  • By immersion baptism as a true believer in Christ Jesus as personal Savior.
  • By letter of transfer from another Bible-believing church of like faith and practice, or other written statement of good standing from the prior church if that applicant has been baptized by immersion subsequent to a profession of faith.
  • By restoration, if having been removed from membership, upon majority vote of the congregation after confession is made publicly before the church membership of the sin or sins involved, and satisfactorily evidencing repentance to the senior pastor.
DUTIES OF THE CHURCH TO ITS MEMBERS

We covenant that your elders and deacons will meet the criteria assigned to them in the Scriptures (1 Tim. 3:1-13; 5:17-22; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4).

We covenant to seek God’s will for our church community to the best of our ability as we study the Scriptures and follow the Spirit (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-5).

We covenant to care for you and seek your growth as a disciple of Christ, in part by equipping you for service (Eph. 4:11–13) and praying for you regularly, particularly when you are sick (James 5:14).

We covenant to provide teaching and counsel from the whole of Scripture (Acts 20:27–28;Gal. 6:6; 1 Tim. 5:17–18).

We covenant to be on guard against false teachers (Acts 20:28–31).

We covenant to exercise church discipline when necessary (Matt. 18:15–20; 1 Cor. 5;Gal. 6:1).

We covenant to set an example and join you in fulfilling the duties of church members (1 Cor. 11:1; Phil. 3:17; 1 Tim. 4:12).

DUTIES OF A CHURCH MEMBER

I have read and understood the Fellowship Baptist Church Constitution and Ministry Bylaws and will not be divisive to its teaching. I also understand the importance of submission to church leadership and will be diligent to preserve unity and peace (Eph. 4:1–3; Heb. 13:7, 17;).

I covenant to submit to the authority of Scripture as the final arbiter on all issues (Ps. 119; 2 Tim. 3:16–17).

I will maintain a close relationship with the Lord Jesus through regular Bible reading, prayer, fellowship, and practice of spiritual disciplines. My relationship will be evident through my participation in weekly worship services, communion, Fellowship Baptist community, service, and a life that glorifies Jesus (Ps. 105:1–2; Ps. 119:97; Acts 2:42–47; Heb. 10:23–25; 2 Peter 1:3).

I will steward the resources God has given me, including my time, talents, and treasure (Prov. 3:9-10; Rom. 12:1-2; Gal. 5:22-26; Eph. 4:1-16; 5:15-18). This includes regular financial giving, service, and participation in community that is sacrificial, cheerful, and voluntary (Rom. 12:1-8; 2 Cor. 8-9; 12:7-31; 1 Peter 4:10-11).

I will cherish a brotherly love for all members and non-members of the church and local community (John 13:34-35; 15:12).

I will love, honor and esteem the pastor, pray for him and recognize his authority in spiritual affairs of the church (Ps. 141:5; Matt. 18:15–17; 1 Cor. 5:1–5; 2 Cor. 2:5-8; Gal. 6:1-5, 8; 1 Tim. 5:20; 2 Tim. 2:25; Titus 1:9; 3:10-11; Heb. 12:5-11; Rev. 2:5-7, 14-25).

I agree, by God’s grace, to walk in holiness as an act of worship to Jesus Christ, who has saved me from my sin that I could live a new life (2 Cor. 5:17); I will practice complete chastity before marriage and complete fidelity in heterosexual marriage by abstaining from practices such as cohabitation, homosexuality, pornography, and fornication (Job 31:1; Prov. 5; Rom. 13:12–14; 1 Cor. 6:9–7:16; Heb. 13:4); I will refrain from illegal drug use, drunkenness, and other sinful behavior as the Bible, my pastors, and my conscience dictate (1 Cor. 8:7; Gal. 5:19–21). Should I sin in such a manner, I agree to confess my sins to Christian brothers or sisters and seek help to put my sin to death (Rom. 8:13; Col. 3:5; 1 John 1:6–10).

The Fellowship Baptist Church Membership Covenant

INDIVIDUAL STATEMENT OF FAITHSTATEMENT OF BIBLICAL DOCTRINEMY COMMITMENT TO THE MISSION OF FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH
INDIVIDUAL STATEMENT OF FAITH
I am a Christian saved from the eternal wrath of God by faith in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, through his death and resurrection, by which I am assured of eternal life (John 3:16-18; Rom. 3:23-26).

I believe Jesus Christ is exactly who he claimed to be (Isa. 53:6; Matt. 26:64; Mark 14:62; Luke 22:70; John 4:25-26; 6:29; 8:58; 11:25-27; 14:6-7; 15:5).

I have repented of my sins and have been made a new creation in Christ (1 John 1:9; 2 Cor. 5:17).

In obedience to Scripture, I have been baptized to personally identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and to publicly demonstrate my commitment as a disciple of Jesus (Col. 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21).

STATEMENT OF BIBLICAL DOCTRINE
I agree with the core beliefs of Fellowship Baptist Church, which are founded upon Bible-based doctrine and expressed in the Church Constitution and Ministry Bylaws.

I understand the importance of submission to church leadership and will be diligent to preserve unity and peace; I will adhere to Fellowship Baptist Church’s position on primary theological issues, and I will not be divisive over secondary issues (Eph. 4:1-3; Heb. 13:7-17).

I agree that the sixty-six books of the Bible are the ultimate doctrinal authority on all matters (Is. 55:11; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; 2 Tim. 3:15-16; Heb. 4:12). The King James Version of the Bible is the official and only translation used by the church (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).

I understand that Fellowship Baptist Church doctrine is also communicated and specified through various channels, such as sermons, published materials, and other writings distributed by Fellowship Baptist Church.

MY COMMITMENT TO THE MISSION OF FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH
I am committed to the mission of Fellowship Baptist Church; which is to make disciples and to further the Gospel of Christ to the family, community and world.

I have read Fellowship Baptist Church Constitution and Ministry Bylaws and commit to participate in this mission as a diligent, faithful disciple of Jesus, that my identity would be in Him, my worship would be for Him, my fellowship would be through Him, and my interaction with the culture would be for His glory.

I understand that this covenant obligates me to the members of Fellowship Baptist Church and is an acknowledgment of my submission to the elders of the church. I accept the responsibility to notify Fellowship Baptist Church leadership if at any time I can no longer commit to this covenant, or if I have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding Fellowship Baptist Church.

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