Church Covetant

 

Having been led, as we believe, by the Holy Spirit to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour (Isa. 12:2; John 1:12; 3:16; Acts 16:31; Eph. 2:8-9; I Thess. 2:13)

And on the profession of our faith, having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:41; 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; 16:31-34)

We do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into this covenant with one another as one body in Christ (Psa. 34:15, John 15:5; Rom. 12:4-8; I Cor. 12:12-27; Heb. 1:13-14; 12:1-2). 

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love (Amos 3:3; Rom. 12:9-10; 15:5-6; I Cor. 1:10; I John 2:10; 3:14)

To strive for the advancement of this church in scriptural knowledge, in holiness, and comfort (Gal. 5:13; Eph. 6:8; I Thess. 5:11; Heb. 10:24; II Pet. 3:18)

To promote its well-being and spirituality (Eph. 4:11-16, I Thess. 5:14)

To sustain its worship by regular attendance at all its stated services, its ordinances and doctrines, and to submit to its discipline (Matt. 18:15-17; Acts 2:42; Rom. 6:3-14; I Cor. 5:1-13; Heb. 10:25; I Pet. 2:9)

To give it sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin (Acts 2:42, 5:42; 20:7)

To contribute scripturally, cheerfully, and regularly through the church to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel throughout all nations (Mal. 3:10; Lk. 10:7; I Cor. 9:13-14; 16:1-2; II Cor. 8:1-5,14; 9:7; Gal. 6:6; I Thess. 5:14; I Tim. 5:17-18).   

We also engage to follow the biblical pattern and principles for the Christian life (Rom. 12:1-2; I Cor. 11:1; Eph. 2:10; II Thess. 2:15; Titus 3:8; Jas. 1:22-25; I Pet. 2:21)

To maintain personal Bible study and prayer (Matt. 6:6; 7:7; Luke 18:1; Acts 17:11; II Cor. 8:5; II Tim. 2:15)

To educate our families in the things of Christ (Deut. 6:7-12; Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4; II Tim. 3:15)

To seek the salvation of our family, friends, and acquaintances (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; John 1:40-41; Acts 1:8; 16:14-15,32-34; Rom. 9:3)

To walk circumspectly in the world (II Cor. 6:14-18; 7:1; Eph. 4:1-3; 5:15-16; Col. 3:17; I Thess. 5:15; I John 2:15)

To be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our behavior (Matt. 5:16; Rom. 12:17-18; 14:16; Eph. 6:5-8; Phil. 3:16-21; Col. 3:22-24; Heb. 13:21; I Pet. 2:12)

To avoid all gossiping, backbiting, and unrighteous anger (Prov. 6:16-19; 26:20; Matt. 12:36; Rom. 1:30; Eph. 4:26)

To abstain from the sale and use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; and from all questionable practices, indulgences, and all appearances of evil (Prov. 20:1; 23:29-35; I Cor. 3:16-17; 6:19-20; Eph. 5:18; I Thess. 5:22; Heb. 2:15-16)

And to be zealous in our efforts to advance the cause of Christ (John 15:16; Rom. 12:11; I Cor. 15:58; II Cor. 5:20).

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love (Rom. 14:7; 16:17; I Cor. 5:12-13; 10:24; Gal. 6:1-2; II Thess. 3:14-15; Heb. 13:1; I John 3:14-19)

To remember each other in prayer (I Sam. 12:23; II Thess. 3:1; Heb. 13:18; Jas. 5:16),   To aid each other in sickness and distress (Acts 4:35; 20:34-35; Rom. 12:9-13; 15:25-28; II Cor. 9:12; Gal. 6:10; Phil. 4:16)

To cultivate Christian concern in feelings and courtesy in speech (Col. 3:17; 4:6; Jas. 3:13)

To be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Saviour, to secure it without delay (Matt. 18:15,21-22; Rom. 14:19; I Cor. 6:7; Eph. 4:31-32; Jas. 1:19-20)

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church of like faith and practice, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word (Acts 9:19; 18:27; Rom. 16:1-2; Heb. 10:25).