Church Covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (John 1:11-12; Matthew 28:19-20), we do now, in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into this covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort (John 13:34-35; Philippians 1:27; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 2 Peter 3:11) to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines (Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23; Jude 3); to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and spread of the gospel through all nations (1 Corinthians 16:2, 2 Corinthians 8:6-7).

We also engage to maintain family and private devotions, to rear our children in a Christian environment; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18; Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 3:15; Deuteronomy 6:4-7; Acts 1:8; Matthew 4:19; Psalms 126:5-6; Proverbs 11:30); to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger, to abstain from the abuse of alcohol and drugs (Ephesians 5:15; Philippians 2:14-15; 1 Peter 2:11-12; Ephesians 4:31; 1 Peter 2:21; Colossians 3:8; James 3:1-2; Habakkuk 2:15); to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior (Titus 2:14; Matthew 6:33).

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love (1 Peter 1:22); to remember each other in prayer, to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech (James 5:16; Galatians 6:2; James 2:14-17; 1 Peter 3:8); to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and, mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay (Ephesians 4:30-32).

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 (Acts 11:19-28).

What We believe...

Gospel, to put it in a single word! Our only hope and satisfaction is the gloriously unfathomable good news of who God is for us through the person and work of Jesus the Christ. Colossians 1:27

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1. The Bible. We believe the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God, without any error, the all-sufficient and final authority in matters of faith, doctrine, and Christian living. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 17:17; Hebrews 6:18

2. One God. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 2 Thessalonians 1:2; John 1:1-5; John 10:30-33; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Deuteronomy 6:4; Exodus 20:2-3; Isaiah 43:10-11

3. The Virgin Birth. We believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ, and that He is truly God and man; He died on the cross for our sins, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of God the Father, and is now our High Priest and Advocate. Matthew 1:18-23; Colossians 2:9; Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Luke 24:50-51; Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 4:14; 1 John 2:1

4. Man’s Creation. We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost. Only through belief in Jesus Christ and regeneration by the work of the Holy Spirit can man’s salvation from sin be obtained and a spiritual life achieved. Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:10-11; Romans 3:23; John 8:24; Ephesians 2:8-9Titus 3:5

5. Salvation. We believe that eternal salvation is the free gift of God, entirely apart from man’s works, and is possessed by any and all persons who have faith in and receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Romans 6:23; Galatians 2:16; John 1:12John 20:31; 1 John 5:11-13

6. Regeneration. We believe in a regenerated church membership, that is, persons who have demonstrated an understanding of their need for Jesus Christ and, of their own free will, accepted him as their personal Lord and Savior in accordance with 1 Corinthians 12:13; 15:1-4, and Romans 10:9-10.

7. Baptism. We believe that baptism is by immersion, as demonstrated by the baptism of Christ, and that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial to his suffering and death on the cross. These ordinances will be observed with great reverence by the church in its present age. They do not, however, provide the means for man’s salvation. Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 22:14-23Matthew 3:5-6; Mark 1:5

8. Christ’s Second Coming. We believe in the personal, bodily, imminent, and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ and that his second coming inspires believers to dynamic and zealous lives and service for him while waiting for his return. Matthew 24:30; Luke 12:40; Revelation 22:12

9. Resurrection. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, the everlasting blessedness of the saved with God in heaven, and the everlasting punishment and separation from God of the unsaved in hell. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 14:1-3; Matthew 13:43; Matthew 25:31-40; Matthew 13:41-42; Matthew 25:41-46

10. Church Autonomy. We believe in the autonomy of the local church. Open Door Baptist Church shall manage its own affairs and shall not be subject to any other religious body or organization. Ephesians 1:20-23; 1 Peter 5:1-3; Acts 14:23

11. Godly Lifestyle. We believe that God designed a lifestyle for men and women as described in the scriptures; we reject any lifestyle that is an abomination before the Lord. Philippians 2:151 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:8-11

12. Marriage. We further believe marriage is established and ordained by God and is always and only between one man and one woman. God’s biblical design is the only way the ceremony of marriage may be performed, or the institution of marriage be celebrated, recognized or observed at Open Door Baptist Church. Genesis 2:18-25; 1 Corinthians 7:1-2; Ephesians 5:22-23; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Peter 3:1-7

13. Human Life. We believe that human life begins at conception and is granted and created by God, and that our Christian duty is to preserve life and to speak out against those who would take it in violation of God’s law, which violation includes elective abortion and euthanasia. Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5; Isaiah 49:1

Open Door Baptist Church subscribes to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 of the Southern Baptist Convention as our larger statement of faith with scriptural references (read it here).