Olivet Baptist Church is a multi-cultural church, and together we labor to preach the gospel in our city to all ethnolinguistic groups, especially to English and Portuguese, we aim not to loose our diverse characteristic and still be one church. We do so to better reflect the image and likeness of God in all of us, through the preaching of the gospel in fellowship with the body of Christ. We are a church recognised by its member’s fellowship, with the missionary commitment to reach all peoples of all nations.
Rev. Diego Lopes, Senior Pastor
OLIVET BAPTIST CHURCH COVENANT
(Accepted by the church at the business meeting on December 2, 1995)
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, 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 covenant, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of the Church of Jesus Christ, 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 covenant to maintain family and private devotions; to conscientiously educate our children in matters of Christian faith; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealing, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to practice temperance in all things, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Saviour.
We further covenant to watch over one another in Christian love; to respect our different cultures and backgrounds and treat one another equally as members of this church; to remember one another 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 offense, but always ready for reconciliation and, mindful of the command of our Saviour, to secure it without delay.
As a church with different ethnic groups, we shall make an effort to maintain our cultures and languages so that we can effectively reach out to the unsaved in our own community in this city. We seek to promote unity and cooperation with other Christian churches within our ethnic communities for the advancement of God’s kingdom.
We moreover covenant 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.