Who is Freemason Street Baptist Church?

We are a covenant community.  The early Baptist congregations formed themselves around a central covenant, a formal commitment to each other to worship, learn, and serve together.  Ever since the 17th century, Baptists have practiced intentional Christian community based on the church covenant that describes how they intend to be the people of God together.  Freemason Street Baptist Church was no different when it was formed in 1848.  Today, the people of Freemason Street Baptist Church still seek to live into the principles and practices of this founding church covenant.

 

Church Covenant of Freemason Street Baptist Church

Adopted May 25, 1848

Having, as we trust, been brought by Divine Grace, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ, and by influence of the Holy Spirit to give ourselves up to Him, we do now proceed to give ourselves to one another by the will of God. To this end uniting cordially and unwaveringly in the declaration of faith now agreed upon, we do unanimously enter into the following COVENANT.

We will, as God shall enable us “walk together in brotherly love,” exercising Christian care and watchfulness over each other, and faithfully admonish or entreat one another as occasion may require.

We will as far as it be in our power, visit the sick, relieve the distressed, and in our intercourse with the world improve each opportunity that may present itself, to impress upon the minds of those with whom we may be associated, the necessity of practical Godliness, to their present happiness and future salvation and by all other available means seek to spread abroad the truths of our Holy religion.

We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together for purposes of prayer and religious improvements but will constantly and faithfully attend the means of grace, in our own church, every Sabbath, and at all other regular and proper seasons, so far as our Heavenly Father shall enable us, and we mutually promise to use our utmost endeavors to induce those under our care and influence to do likewise.

We will not neglect the great duty of prayer for ourselves and others. We will endeavor to bring up such as may be, at any time, under our care, our children and others, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and seek by our pure and lovely example to win acquaintances and kindred to the Savior, to Holiness and to eternal life.

We will constantly seek Divine aid to enable us to live circumspectly and watchfully in the world, denying all ungodliness and worldly lusts; remembering always that as each of us has made voluntarily an open profession of his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in the way of His Holy appointment, there is on each of us a special obligation to walk in newness of life.

We agree to strive together for the support of a faithful, evangelical ministry among us, and through life, amidst evil report and good report, earnestly and prayerfully seek to live to the benefit of our fellow mortals, and to the glory of Him “who hath called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

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