We hold the attached Church Covenant of West Oaks Baptist Church as that agreement by which we commit to fellowship with one another as a local body of the Church of Jesus Christ. With this covenant we enter into a voluntary fellowship with one another out of obedience to our Lord. This covenant is committed to by all current members at the time of this constitution and is to be entered into by all new members as they offer themselves for membership to this church.
This constitution is accepted by the present members as a document to describe those things by which we identify ourselves and to which we will submit ourselves in all future engagements as a local body of Christ. It is to be accepted voluntarily by all new members as they offer themselves for membership.
In the Reformed tradition, the ultimate authority in all matters of faith and practice is and must be the Bible alone. However, we hold the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689 (LBC1689) as an excellent summary of those things laid out in God’s word. We accept this confession, not as an authoritative rule or code of faith, whereby we are to be fettered, but as an assistance to us in controversy, a confirmation in faith, and a means of edification in righteousness. While we hold this confession as an excellent summary of those things taught in God’s word we understand that among the members of this church there will be varying levels of understanding and growth in the doctrines described therein. As such, we do not seek to hold each and every individual member to the full breath and depth of the confession but rather to a substantial agreement with those things described therein, an understanding that the elders will be teaching in accordance with these doctrines, a willingness to be taught and search the scriptures, and a commitment to avoid divisiveness over beliefs discordant with those the confession espouses.