Our Covenant with One Another
³⁰ And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. ³¹ And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
We believe that the Holy Spirit of God has drawn us to follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We have publicly confessed our faith through believers’ baptism. Following in the footsteps of the saints who have gone before us, we both joyfully and thoughtfully enter into covenant with one another in the presence of God and the angels and the people of this fellowship.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit to a common life, which is characterized by the love of Christ. Together we will do all we can to pursue Godly knowledge, holiness, spiritual care, and the expansion of this fellowship. We will regularly engage in worship and the celebration of baptism and communion. We will hold one another accountable to the discipline of Christ-likeness, and we will ground our lives in Christian doctrine. We will 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 the nations.
We pledge to engage in family and private worship, to teach our children the ways of Christ and the content of Scripture. We commit to speak of our faith to our friends and family. In the world beyond the church, we will strive to live Christ-like lives. In our work, we will be honorable, in our commitments and vows, we will be faithful. And in our personal behavior, we will be people of integrity. We renounce the temptation to gossip and uncontrolled anger. We will be restrained in our wants and responsible in the use of our money. We will be advocates of biblical justice and reconciliation in human affairs. We will resist evil and any appearance of it that offends others. In contrast, we will do all we can to advance the Kingdom of God.
We will care for one another in Christian love. We will pray for one another, and come to each other’s aid in times of sickness and difficulty. We will be sensitive to each other’s feelings and respectful toward one another in our communications. When we have been offended, we will not strike back. And when we have done wrong, we will acknowledge our responsibility. Together we will pursue the ways of forgiveness and reconciliation, and as, Jesus taught, to do it as quickly as possible.
Finally, we promise that if the day comes when we are led by God to leave this congregation, we will unite as soon as possible with another congregation where we can continue our commitment to the spirit of this covenant and the teaching of God’s Word.
Humbly confessing our sins, we pray for grace and strength to keep this covenant with one another in letter and spirit to the glory of God.
We will not celebrate any marriage that is not biblical. In other words, marriage is only between a man and a woman. We stand into this covenant even when facing physical death, imprisonment, or any type of persecution. We will prevail in Jesus' name.