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A Church Membership Covenant

Edmond's First Baptist Church

Having repented of my sin and having trusted in Jesus Christ alone as Lord and Savior by the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the grace of God (John 16:8-14, Ephesians 2:8-10), and having been baptized by immersion after my conversion and profession of faith (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:41-42) in Edmond's First Baptist Church (EFBC) or a church of like doctrine, I do freely, purposefully, and joyfully enter into covenant with the members of Edmond’s First Baptist Church.

I understand the five purposes of EFBC to be worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism, and I do now and will in the future join with the other members in covenant to support the fulfillment of these purposes as follows:

Worship

We will worship God personally, in our families, and through the church, and we will support the public worship of Christ by our regular and faithful attendance of services. We will regularly participate in the Lord’s Supper, which is the church’s covenant meal, and in this way will renew and reaffirm our covenant with Christ and with EFBC. We will invite the unchurched and encourage the inactive to attend the worship services of EFBC.

  • John 4:21-24
  • Acts 2:41-42
  • Romans 16:3-5
  • Hebrews 10:24-25
  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-27
  • Deuteronomy 4:9
  • Psalm 95:1-3
  • Luke 14:23

Fellowship

We will live in fellowship with the Lord and the people of EFBC and will maintain the unity and beauty of this fellowship in the following ways:

We will cultivate relationships and friendship in the church by participating in Connection Groups* and in other ways.

We will refuse to gossip or spread rumors.

We will follow our leaders, support our pastor and his associates and will use our influence and our spiritual gifts for the success of the purposes and goals that our leaders set before us.

We will support the work of the church financially through our tithes and offerings.

  • 1 Corinthians 1:10
  • 2 Corinthians 8:5
  • 2 Corinthians 9:7
  • John 13:34
  • Romans 15:5-7, 19
  • 1 Peter 1:22
  • Ephesians 4:29
  • Hebrews 13:17
  • Philippians 2:3-4, 7
  • Hebrews 10:25
  • 1 Corinthians 16:2
  • Leviticus 27:30

Discipleship

As disciples of Christ, we commit ourselves to personal growth in the grace and knowledge of Christ. We also commit to EFBC’s discipleship process.

We will bring up our children in the training and instruction of the Lord.

We will discover our spiritual gifts. We will study the Scriptures and will apply the principles of spiritual maturity and growth.

We will live pure and godly lives, will abstain from the very appearance of evil, and will keep ourselves unstained from the world.

We will pray without ceasing for God’s blessings and the Spirit’s anointing upon our church, our leaders, and our ministries.

  • 2 Peter 3:18
  • 1 Timothy 4:7
  • Romans 12:6-8
  • 1 Peter 2:2
  • 1 Timothy 5:22
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:22
  • James 1:27
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17
  • Ephesians 6:1
  • Ephesians 6:19-20 

Ministry

We will serve the Lord and minister to people through EFBC. We will use our gifts for the growth of the body, for the benefit of individuals, and for the glory of God. We will each undertake at least one specific task through our church that will allow us to help the church accomplish its mission and grow in its influence. We will seek the servant’s heart, even as our Lord Jesus came, not to be served, but to serve.

  • Galatians 5:13
  • 1 Peter 4:10
  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
  • John 13:1-15
  • 1 Corinthians 10:31
  • Ephesians 4:11-13
  • Colossians 3:17, 23 

Evangelism

We will share our faith in Christ and our experiences of His life-changing grace. We will pray for the convicting power of the Holy Spirit to accompany the proclamation of the Gospel from the pulpit and through the evangelism ministries of EFBC. We will support EFBC’s North American and International missions and evangelism strategies**.

  • Matthew 28:18-20
  • Acts 8:4
  • John 4:28-29
  • Ephesians 6:19-20
  • 3 John 1:5-8

When we move from this area, we pledge as soon as possible to unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s word.

  • Hebrews 10:24-25

 

A Personal Confession of Faith

Edmond's First Baptist Church

I believe that God is the Creator of all that exists.

I believe that there is One God who eternally exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, an eternal Trinity in unity.

I believe that the Son of God became incarnate by being born of a virgin and that He lived a perfect, sinless life and died as a sacrifice for our sins, was buried, and arose from the dead on the third day.

I believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, one person with two natures.

I believe that the Holy Spirit indwells all who have been born again through faith in Jesus Christ and that He seals believers until the completion of redemption.

I believe that all people are created in God’s image, that we were created to know and worship God, that we are sinners by nature and by choice, and that we are in need of redemption.

I believe that eternal salvation is found only by faith in Jesus Christ, that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ and not by works, and that those who are born again can never lose their relationship with God through Christ.

I believe that the universal church is composed of all those who have been born again by faith in Jesus Christ and that the local church is God’s instrument for winning the unsaved and discipling believers unto maturity in Christ.

I believe that Jesus Christ will come the second time physically and in glory as Lord and Redeemer of the Church and as Judge of all humanity.

I believe that the Bible is composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, that it is the inspired and infallible Word of God, and that it is the final authority for doctrine and practice.

 

Connection Groups are organized Bible Study groups, sometimes known as “Sunday School.”

** EFBC conducts its own church planting and mission projects throughout the United States and internationally, and it is involved in cooperative missions and evangelism projects through the Capital Baptist Association, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), the North American Mission Board (SBC), and the International Mission Board (SBC). We also from time to time will partner with other missions or relief organizations for humanitarian and/or missions projects. Both our annual budget and our World Missions Offering reflect a strong commitment to missions.

Covenant

Our church covenant and our core beliefs, expressed in our doctrinal statements, form the playbook for EFBC. Our five purposes encapsulate our reason for existing. Every believer exists to worship, fellowship, grow, serve, and witness. Every ministry and program exists to promote worship, fellowship, discipleship, service, and evangelism. Every event happens to encourage worship, fellowship, discipleship, service, and evangelism. Our church as a whole and all of its parts has five purposes: worship, fellowship, discipleship, service, and evangelism.

EFBC is a team with a clear understanding of our purposes and our mission. God is blessing us and empowering us to bless others.We are poised for powerful ministry and healthy growth because we understand our purposes and our mission.