A church covenant is a summary of how we agree to live as members. It’s a biblical standard for us as we exhort one another to live holy lives and care for each other. We read it together as a reminder of our commitment to God and to one another.
Having been brought by God’s grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ we now, in dependence upon His Spirit, resolve to live by faith and so establish this covenant with each other.
We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.1
We will be devoted to one another in brotherly love. With humility and gentleness we will patiently bear with each other, forgiving, encouraging and building one another up, exercising watchfulness over each other and admonishing one another when necessary.2
We will not neglect to gather together, or to pray for ourselves and others.3
We promise to bring up our children and youth in the training and instruction of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends.4
We will rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep, helping to carry each other’s burdens.5
We will seek, by God’s help, to live carefully in this world, denying ungodliness and worldly passions. We will strive to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age, as we wait for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.6
We will defend and maintain an evangelical ministry in this church by supporting and upholding:
- The preaching of the Word of God7
- The administration of the gospel sacraments (baptism and the Lord’s Supper)8
- The exercise of Church discipline9
We will contribute cheerfully, generously 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.10
We will, when we move from this place, 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.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.11
1 Ephesians 4:3, 2 Luke 17:3; Colossians 3:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; 1 Peter 1:22, 3 Colossians 4:2; Hebrews 10:25, 4 Ephesians 6:4; 1 Peter 3:1, 5 Romans 12:15, 6 Titus 2:12; 1 Peter 1:14, 7 2 Timothy 4:2, 8 Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:26, 9 Matthew 18:17; 1 Corinthians 5:13, 10 Matthew 28:19, Luke 12:33; 2 Corinthians 9:7, 11 2 Corinthians 13:14