Church Covenant

What we promise to each other.

Members of the Greenbelt Baptist Church enter into a covenant with one another. The covenant demonstrates our love for one another. This love comes not from us in our own strength or goodness but from God who by His Holy Spirit gives us the ability to love each other. All who love Jesus will love what he loves. Jesus loves his bride, the church, and so we strive to love each other as Christ loves us.

"We love because he first loved us." — 1 John 4:9

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 Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully reaffirm our 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; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; and to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to educate our children religiously; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; 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, back-biting, and excessive anger; to avoid all immoderate behavior leading to intoxication as being harmful to oneself, detrimental to others, and contrary to the life to which we have been called in Christ; 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 each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense; and, mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure reconciliation 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.