Church Covenant


CHURCH COVENANT  


(shared as a responsive reading before taking communion)


(blue phrases link to corresponding sermon)




Having been led by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior,


And on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,


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 promise, 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 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 promise to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances;


To walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings; faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our conduct;


To refrain from gossiping, backbiting, and excessive anger; and to use the gift of speech to encourage one another in the Christian life;


To remember that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we promise to use it to glorify God;


To be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior, and we further promise 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 promise that when we move from this church, 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.


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Bold lines are read by congregation; regular lines are read by pastor.


First Baptist Church

Ledgewood, New Jersey


Copyright 2017 by Rev. David Holwick

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