---Church Covenant

First Baptist Church Olney, Texas
Church Covenant

(Revised on October 22, 2017)

            The purpose of this covenant is to state the virtues we as members will strive to attain. We have all been led by the Holy Spirit to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and on the profession of our faith, have been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. We do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

            We engage, therefore, by the empowerment 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 spirituality and prosperity; to sustain its worship, ordinances, disciplines, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministries, the expenses of the church, and the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel throughout the nations of the world. The church’s material stewardship shall be through the receiving of tithes, offerings, and gifts based on New Testament teachings.

            We also engage to maintain family and personal devotions; to educate our children in the way of the Lord Jesus Christ; to seek the salvation of all people; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings with others, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to seek God’s help in abstaining from the use of any drug, food, or drink in such a way that harms the body or jeopardizes our own or another’s faith; to flee from sexual immorality in any form; 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 one another in prayer; to aid one another 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.