We invite you to become a vital part of the fellowship of Ranch Drive
Baptist Church. During the invitation, you are invited to come
to the front where the pastor is waiting to welcome you. If you
are impressed by God's Spirit to unite with us, you can do so in
one of the following ways:
It may be that you now accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord
and Savior. We are excited for you! Let us share in your joy
and talk with you about it. You may follow the Lord's command
and join this church by publicly professing Christ and being
baptized into our fellowship.
It may be that you have placed your faith in Christ some time
in the past and have been a member of a church of another
denomination. If God is now leading you to join this church,
you may do so by reaffirming your faith in Christ and being
baptized into our fellowship. People joining our church from
another denomination will be received as candidates for baptism
on the basis of their profession of faith. This does not
minimize any baptism you have experienced. If your beliefs
are the same as ours we welcome you to join our church as a
candidate for baptism.
It may be that you have already personally accepted Christ and
are a member of another Baptist church. If you feel led to
join this church, come during the time of invitation and
join our fellowship by letter. We will simply write your
former church, and they will send us your letter of membership.
It may be that you have been a member of another Baptist
church, but for some reason your letter of membership
is not available from that church. We gladly invite you to join
on your statement of having personally accepted Christ and
having been baptized in another Baptist church.
If you are still uncertain about your situation or about
God's will in your life, please let us talk with you.
You may either come during the time of invitation or arrange for
a special meeting with the pastor. We want to help you.
Adopted May 5, 2021
By action of Ranch Drive Baptist Church
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
Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels, 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 devotion; 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; 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 offence,
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.