The Church Covenant is a document that is essentially outlines the vows among the members of the church to walk together in Christian love and maturity. The exact text may vary from church to church; however, the essence is the same.
What follows is the actually text of the Covenant, scriptural supports, and my teaching notes on the five paragraphs.
Covenant: Text with Scripture Here you find the text of the Covenant that we recite every first Sunday at our church. This link also includes scriptural support for each paragraph. The Covenant is a Bible based covenant or agreement among the members of a given church.
Covenant: Teaching One Here you find my teaching notes on the first paragraph of the Covenant. Scriptures are reviewed and practical pointers are given about issues like who enters the covenant, with whom is the covenant entered into, and God being our witness.
There are too many who behave as if they are not in covenant with the other members of the church. And too many do not behave as if God witness our vows and our vow renewals.
Covenant: Teaching Two Here you find my teaching notes on the second and third paragraphs of the Covenant. Scriptures are reviewed and practical pointers are given about issues like “walking together in Christian love,” giving as God has given to you, and diligently studying God’s word.
That phrase “walking together in Christian love” has some many points of examination. To walk is faster than sitting but slower than running. Our walk is to be together, not separately. And we are to do all that we do in Christian love, which is a charitable love that gives without expecting anything in return.
Covenant: Teaching Three Here you find my teaching notes on the fourth paragraph of the Covenant. Scriptures are reviewed and practical pointers are given about issues like building one another up, cultivating Christian courtesy, and being easy to get along with.
What a church we would have, if we really focused on building one another up. Our churches would be fuller, if we did not tear one another down by needlessly exposing one another’s infirmities. We will have to answer how for too many of us become more and more difficult to get along with the older we get.
Church Covenant: Teaching Four Here you find my teaching notes on the fifth paragraph of the Church Covenant. Scriptures are reviewed and practical pointers are given about issues like securing a letter before you leave your church and the three Ws to look for in a church - Word, work, and warmth.
There is too much church hopping (i.e., moving from church to church without sound reasons) and too few people moving from church to church in a decent and orderly fashion. The three W’s will prove helpful to especially our young people who may going off to college, to the military, or following after some job.
Every church with a great sounding choir, a charismatic Pastor, and a beautiful building is not a great church to join.
In summary, this article gives an overview of the Church Covenant. Especially Baptists should be rather familiar with this document and its implications for our behavior.
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