God’s Word should govern our behavior.
And considering God expects holy living from all His children (1 Peter 1:16) it’s important to base all principles, teachings, convictions, standards, doctrines, and ethical considerations on Scripture.
Here’s our Church Covenant:
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on profession of our faith, having been scripturally baptized by immersion in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church 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 engage to maintain family and private devotions; to religiously educate our children in the things of Christ; to seek the salvation of our kindred, acquaintances, and others; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful to our engagements and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger; to abstain from worldly and ungodly amusements; to be free from all oath bound secret societies and partnerships with unbelievers; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink and narcotic drugs; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other 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 rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage 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’s Word. Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God (Ephesians 5:2).
Our Church Covenant Works for us.
It’s a group of convictions we as a church have adopted to help each of us be effective in God’s work. Would you agree that healthy boundaries are a good thing?
There’s no telling what God can accomplish with people who honor His Word by the way they live their lives.