Guiding Principles & Covenant

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” — Micah 6:8 NRSV

Our Covenant

One Body, Many Members

Having been led by the Spirit to serve God as followers of Jesus Christ, and having chosen
     to enter into fellowship with Ravensworth Baptist Church,

We covenant together

To proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to one another and to the world, to love all of
     God’s children, and to do justice;

To commit to a life of stewardship in support of our church and its missions;

To engage regularly in worshiping God, studying the Bible, and caring for our community;

To equip ourselves and one another for a life of faith, expressed in an inward journey of
     prayer and devotion, and an outward journey of reconciliation and service.

Sharing Love

At Ravensworth, we are committed to following Jesus. That means taking seriously the things Jesus taught and stood for when he walked the roads of Palestine twenty centuries ago. Among the things Jesus taught were noncooperation with evil, compassion to the sick and wounded, inclusion of the outcasts, nonviolence, love for friend and enemy alike, forgiveness for sinners, and the creation of a community where all are welcome and love is the rule, not the exception. Jesus stood firmly in the tradition of the Hebrew prophets, who consistently called God’s people back to their covenant relationship with God by doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God. We believe these teachings and the example Jesus set are still relevant today.

Doing Justice

We are as concerned about the quality of life for all people in this world as we are about eternal life in the next world. That’s because we meet in the Scriptures a God who has numbered the hairs of our heads and cares about every aspect of our lives. We know a God who wants us all to experience life in abundance, and we don’t believe God wants us to wait until we’re dead to experience abundant life.

We also recognize that there are many forces at work in the world we inhabit that conspire to limit people’s access to abundant life. Hunger, war, extreme poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and all kinds of oppression are very real problems that God calls us, as people of faith, to address. We do this because we believe in the kingdom, or reign, of God. We believe God’s reign is present even in this broken world—sometimes only in little pockets, like blinking stars in a sea of darkness—but that it is destined to come in its fullness one day and all relationships will be ordered according to God’s good desires.

Three issues close (but by no means exclusive) to our hearts are: Support for the LGBTQ community, Justice and Peace in the Holy Land, and Religious Freedom for all People.

Building Community

When we call our church a community of faith, it’s not mere lip-service. We take great pains to foster a sense of community in our congregation. When you connect to Ravensworth, you will be welcomed warmly and will have the opportunity to form close, caring relationships with our church family through worshipeducation, and service.  Also, be sure to visit our Friends and Associations page to learn more about our connections to other organizations here in the DC Metro Area and all around the world.