What we believe at Bon Air Baptist Church is not man-made but has been revealed by God in Scripture. Our Statement of Faith is simply a summary of biblical teaching that explains what we as a local church agree the Bible teaches about God, the Bible, sin, the church, etc. Believe it or not, as members of a church we don't all have the same backgrounds or the same interests, and we don't all vote the same way either! However, when it comes to this statement of our faith – this doctrine – we are united!
To be a member of a church is to be vitally connected to the life of a living, breathing body. It is to commit yourself to the good of that body, even as that body commits itself to your good. Our church covenant is a set of promises that we make to one another as members of Bon Air Baptist Church. If our Statement of Faith is our declaration of what we believe, then our Covenant is our promise to one another about what we will do.
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 and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into 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 (Eph 5:2); 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 (Eph 4:12–13); to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spreading of the Gospel through all nations (1 Cor 16:2).
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions, to religiously educate our children (Deut 6:6–7; Eph 6:4); to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances (Luke 19:10; John 20:21); 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 (Phil 2:14–15); to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior (Matt 6:33).
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; and to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian 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 (Acts 2:42–47; Eccl. 5:4).
Bon Air Baptist Church
800 N Illinois St
Arlington, VA 22205
Phone: (703) 525-8079
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