As a body of believers, we have captured the Biblical expectations and responsibilities that come along with membership in our church in the following Membership Covenant:
Having, as we trust, been led by the Spirit of God to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and having been baptized by immersion upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We will pray and strive to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ps. 133:1;
Eph. 4:3; 1 Thess. 1:2; 2 Thess. 1:11)
We will encourage one another to pursue Christ and demonstrate His likeness. (Rom. 8:29;
1 Cor. 11:1; Eph. 4:15; Phil. 2:12-13; 2 Pt. 3:18)
We will exercise affectionate care and watchfulness over each other, faithfully reproving one another in love as occasion may require. (Matt. 18:15-20; James 5:20)
We will pray for one another and seek each other's wellbeing, rejoicing in each other's happiness and endeavoring with tenderness and sympathy to bear one another's burdens. (Gal. 6:2;
We will commit to regularly assembling together for worship. (Heb. 10:25)
We will work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, discipleship, and doctrines. (Matt. 28:18-20;
We will cheerfully contribute our time, talents, spiritual gifts, and finances to the support of the ministry and the expenses of the church to advance the gospel where we live and to the nations. (2 Cor. 9:7)
We will seek, by divine aid, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, countering what is false with what is true, striving to become the salt of the earth and a city on a hill that testifies to the truth and reality of the gospel by which we have been saved.
(Matt. 5:13-16; Titus 1:9; 2:1)
We will submit to the inerrancy of the Bible, acknowledging it as the final authority on all issues; to pursue righteousness by God's grace through the power of the Holy Spirit, in obeying its instruction, and encouraging one another to do the same. (2 Tim. 3:16)
We will submit to the godly leaders appointed by the Lord and affirmed by our church to instruct, reprove, discipline, and maintain this body's unity according to Scripture. We confirm their task to hold themselves and all members accountable to this covenant. (Matt. 18:15-20;
1 Cor. 5:2, 6; 2 Cor. 2:7-8; Gal. 6:1; 2 Thess. 3:6; 1 Tim. 5:20; Titus 3:10-11; Heb. 13:17)
We will practice church discipline according to Scripture when necessary, with the goal of seeking restoration. (Matt. 18:15-20)
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit forever mark the fellowship of Highland Park Baptist Church. Amen.