The Bible is the Word of God. It is the sole authority in matters of faith and practice. Each believer has the responsibility and right to study it, interpret it, and live by it under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and within the context of the church.
Every person has direct free access to God as revealed in Jesus Christ and led by the Spirit and is accountable to Him.
All persons are sinners in need of salvation from eternal death, separation from God.
That salvation is secured through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is received by a personal confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and lived by a disciplined life.
This church is made up of baptized believers in Christ. We voluntarily join this faith community and commit to expand God’s Kingdom by living godly lives and taking a Biblical stance on moral and social issues. Moreover, we commit to share the good news of salvation to lost mankind, learn and teach about following Jesus, and to worship Him together.
Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman and himself; Covington Baptist Church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Furthermore, the pastor and staff of Covington Baptist Church shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. Finally, the facilities and property of Covington Baptist Church shall only host weddings between one man and one woman.
The Church and the State are free and independent of each other to do what they are ordained to do.
Our ordinances are baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.
We voluntarily cooperate with the Natural Bridge Baptist Association, The Baptist General Association of Virginia, and the Southern Baptist Convention.
To express further our beliefs in cooperation with other Christians, we are informed by the Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in its annual meetings in 1925, 1963, and 2000. The Baptist Faith and Message in its various revisions is not binding on our church members because we have no creed except “Jesus Is Lord” as revealed in the Word of God, the Bible.