Mt. Gilead Baptist Church is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Since we as Baptists are not a “creedal” people, there is no agreed upon summary of doctrines and practices which govern our life together. Nonetheless, we recognize that certain central affirmations exist among us as Baptists. Those tenants and beliefs of our faith are covered in the Baptist Church Covenant.
The voluntary agreement to meet regularly for worship and work is commonly called a “Church Covenant.” This covenant entered into by members of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church make a commitment to conduct their lives in such a way as to glorify God and promote the ongoing of God’s church. The word ‘‘covenant” means agreement. This covenant entered into is the organization of the church. Every member should study it carefully and refer to it often and seek to live up to it, for it clearly outlines the obligations of church membership and what we believe as members of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. Before we review the Baptist Church Covenant, let’s consider the enormous tasks of the Christian Church.
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest institution that the world has ever known. Christ established it during His personal ministry and is its Head (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 5:23; Col. 1:18). To it He gave the commission and the ordinances, and for it He went to the cross (Matt. 28:19-20; 1Cor. ll:23-26; Eph. 5:25). He loved the church and wants His churches to honor and glorify Him as His representatives on the earth (Eph. 5:25-27; Eph. 3:21).
The Lord’s churches have the greatest task ever assigned to any individual or group in the world’s history, the task of carrying the glorious gospel of Christ the Saviour to every nation and tongue.
Membership places upon us inescapable obligations: an obligation to make the church and its work first in our lives; an obligation to use our time and our talents for the glory of God; an obligation to support the work with our presence, our talents, our influence and our means. Churches are never stronger than their membership. We are under obligation to be the very best members possible under the leading of the Lord.