December 19, 2011

Church Covenant

As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who have been baptized by immersion in water, we do solemnly covenant together in the presence of God to do the following by the grace of God and to the best of our ability:

(A) To maintain the church’s purposes as stated in the article of incorporation, which are to evangelize the lost through local and worldwide missions and to edify believers through strong Bible preaching and teaching ministry. We will endeavor to keep these purposes in a healthy balance. (Matt. 28: 19; Acts 1:8; 20:27-32)

(B) To maintain the church’s position as a body whose ultimate goal is to bring glory to God (1 Pet. 4: 11; 1 Cor. 10:31; Eph. 3:21) whose chief attention is given to Jesus Christ (Col. 1:18) and whose doctrine and practice are Bible-based (2 Tim. 1:13).

(C) To maintain the church’s doctrinal soundness and purity as well as its pure fundamentalism by affirming and giving special attention to the fundamentals of the historic Christian faith as given in the statement of faith, particularly the inspiration, inerrancy and authority of the Bible, God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:14 – 4:4) and by separating religious association from all church religious organizations, movements, and meetings which deny, distort, and/or compromise the fundamentals of the faith. (1 Tim. 6:3; 2 John 10, 11)

(D) To maintain the church’s priority for a strong Bible preaching and teaching ministry by recognizing that one of the highest priorities of pastoral ministry is the preparation of messages and preaching of God’s Word. (Acts 6:4; Ephesians 4:11, 12; 2 Timothy 4:2).

(E) To maintain the church’s spiritual power and fervency through personally and corporately believing in God to work through us (2 Cor. 3:5), studying and obeying God’s Word (2 Tim. 2:15), praying (Eph. 6:18), worshipping (Rev. 22:9), loving the Lord (Mark 12:30), fearing the Lord (Acts 5:11), and living a holy life, which includes both separation from the world’s sinful activities and separation unto God for service (1 John 2:15-17; Rom. 12:1-2).

(F) To maintain the church’s biblical leadership structure by submitting to the leadership of the pastor, who is the undershepherd of the flock, and by having deacons who work in cooperation with the pastor to minister to the congregation (1 Pet. 5:2-5; Heb. 13:17; Acts 6:1-7; 1 Tim. 3:8-13).

(G) To maintain the church’s effective functioning by stressing the need for members to carry out their relational responsibilities and the importance of properly exercising their spiritual gifts (Eph. 4: 17-16; 1 Cor. 12;Rom. 12:3-8).

(H) To maintain the church’s love for people by constantly developing and contributing to an atmosphere of fellowship, encouragement, care and friendliness (Gal. 6:10; 1 Cor. 12:25)

(I) To maintain the church’s unity by being courteous in speech, being slow to take offense, refraining from unconstructive criticism, taking constructive criticism only to the proper person (in most cases the pastor and chairman of the deacons), being always ready for reconciliation (Eph. 4:30-5:2; Col. 4:6; Matt. 18: 15-17; Matt. 5:22-23).

(J) To maintain the church’s financial freedom by contributing to its ministry in accordance with God’s Word and as personally led by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 8-9) and by following sensible guidelines in the church’s financial matters (building programs, etc.) (Luke 14:28).

(K) To maintain the church’s alertness to and outspoken confrontation of spiritual, moral, social, and family issues with clear biblical answers in order to protect believers (Acts 20:27-32), to act as a preserving force, (Matt. 5:13) an exposing force (Eph. 5:11), and to build strong families (Eph. 5:21-6:4).

(L) To maintain the church’s purity by exercising the principles of church discipline against persistently sinning members as set forth in the New Testament (Matt. 18:15-18; 1 Cor. 5; 2 Thess. 3:6-15).

(M) To maintain the church’s future by calling pastors and staff members, electing deacons, and choosing church leaders who joyfully and wholeheartedly embrace and follow the tenets of this church covenant (Rom. 16: 17), as well as voting in as new members only those who agree with the church’s purposes, covenant, and statement of faith.