On Reading the Church Covenant
by Greg Linscott
We observed the Lord’s Table tonight. One of the traditions I have implemented since coming to Faith (that I learned from my old friends at Altoona) has been reading the church covenant monthly (and recently, when we recieve new members into our fellowship). It has been a good reminder to us all of the solemn nature of our commitment to one another as part of our local church. I would heartily suggest that others consider doing this as well.
THE COVENANT OF THE CHURCH
We trust that we have been brought by divine grace to receive the Lord Jesus Christ, and to give our selves up to Him. We have also acknowledged a special obligation to live a new and holy life, in that we have been voluntarily buried in baptism, and raised to walk in newness of life. And now, relying on the gracious aid of the Holy Spirit, we solemnly make this covenant with each other:
We will walk together in brotherly love; we will exercise a Christian care and watchfulness over each other, and will faithfully admonish and help one another, as the need may be.
We will rejoice in each other’s good, and in tenderness and sympathy bear one another’s burdens. We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and for others. We will seek to maintain personal and family devotions. Such as may be under our care we will endeavor to bring up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and we will seek to win our kindred and acquaintances to Christ and holiness.
As stewards of the Lord, we will aid in the support of a faithful evangelical ministry among us, and in efforts to preach the gospel to the whole human family. We will live circumspectly in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and according to our ability and opportunities, will do good to all men. And we will endeavor, as long as we live, amidst evil report and good report, to glorify Him who hath called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.