Windsor Baptist 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, 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; 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; 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 religiously educate our children; 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, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from
the sale of, and use of, destructive drugs or intoxicating
drinks as a beverage; to shun pornography; to be zealous
in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over on another in brotherly
love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another
is sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy
in feeling and 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.
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and
is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to man.
It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God
for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without
any mixture of error, for its matter. It reveals the principles
by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain
to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union,
and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds,
and religious opinion should be tried. The criterion by
which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.
There is one and only one true God. He is an intelligent,
spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver,
and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and
all other perfections. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence,
and obedience. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes,
but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image,
and is the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning
man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his creator with
freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against
God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation
of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from
his original innocence, whereby his posterity inherit a
nature and an environment inclined toward sin, and as soon
as they are capable of moral action become transgressors
and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring
man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the
creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality
is evident in that God created man in His own image, and
in that Christ died for man; therefore every man possesses
dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and
is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord
and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption
for the believer.
God’s Purpose of Grace
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which
He regenerates, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is
consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends
all the means in connection with the end. It is a glorious
display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely
wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes
All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has
accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never
fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to
the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and
temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their
graces and comforts, bring reproach on the cause of Christ,
and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be
kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local
body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant
in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the
two ordinances of Christ, committed to His teachings, exercising
the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His
Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the
The Church is autonomous body, operating through democratic
processes under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. In such a
congregation members are equally responsible . Its Scriptural
officers are pastors and deacons.
The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body
of Christ which includes all the redeemed of all the ages.
Baptism and The Lord’s Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water
in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s
faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s
death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection
to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony
to his faith resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance,
it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership
and to the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience
whereby members of the church, through partaking of the
bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of
the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
Evangelism and Missions
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ
and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor
to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s
spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love
Missionary effort on the part of all rest thus upon a spiritual
necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly
commanded in the teachings of Christ. It is the duty of
every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to
Christ by personal effort and by all other methods in harmony
with the gospel of Christ.
The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is coordinate
with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and
should receive along with these the liberal support of the
churches. An adequate system of Christian schools is necessary
to a complete spiritual program for Christ’s people.
In Christian education there should be a proper balance
between academic freedom and academic responsibility. Freedom
is any orderly relationship of human life is always limited
and never absolute. The freedom of a teacher in a Christian
school, college, or seminary is limited by the preeminence
of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures,
and by the distinct purpose for which the school exist.
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual;
all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have
a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship
in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions.
They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their
time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize
all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God
and for helping others. According the Scriptures, Christians
should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly,
systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement
of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.
Christ’s people should, as occasion requires, organize
such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation
for the great objects to the Kingdom of God.
Such organizations have no authority over one another or
over the churches. They are voluntary and advisory bodies
designed to elicit, combine, and direct the energies of
our people in the most effective manner. Members of New
Testament churches should cooperate with one another in
carrying forward the missionary, educational, and benevolent
ministries for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom.