Covenant

As a group of people who love God above all else, we have made a formal commitment to one another. This identifies how we will treat each other and live together as a community according to Gods instructions. This is our covenant.

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The purpose of our church covenant is as follows;


(1)  It is a promise, identifying our expectations of each other and how we will live together as a local church. 

(2)  It holds out a biblical standard by which we determine to live.

(3)  It forms the ethics and moral principles of our worldview.


By featuring this covenant in our life together, we strive to protect ourselves from individual and corporate sin, spurring one another on to live in the light of a greater covenant, one initiated by love, sealed by sacrifice, and kept for eternity by our Saviour, Jesus Christ.


COVENANT1


Believing the Spirit of God has led us to repent2and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour,3and having been baptised upon our profession of faith4, in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, we do now, as one body in Christ,relying on His gracious help, solemnly and joyfully renew our covenant with each other.


With the help of the Holy Spirit8we will walk together in Christian love,9as is fitting for the members of a Christian Church.10We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,7and with affectionand attention we will watch out for one another other,11caring,12instructing and encouraging in the ways of the Lord.13  We will rejoice at each others’ happiness and endeavour with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows.20 We will be slow to take offence14and eagerly desire reconciliation.15We will not forsake meeting together,16nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others.17


We will do our best to bring up those under our care in the ways of the Lord,18and by a pure and loving example seek the salvation of our family and friends.19 We will determine, with God’s help, to live carefully in the world21 by denying all ungodliness and worldly lusts,22 remembering that, as we have been voluntarily buried by baptism and raised again from the symbolic grave,23we are now under a special obligation to lead a new and holy life.24


We will work together25for the continuation of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church26as we sustain its worship,27ordinances,28discipline,29and doctrines.30We will contribute cheerfully and regularly31to the support of the ministry,32 the expenses of the church,33helping the poor,34and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.35


Whenever we do move on from this place, we will unite with another local church as soon as possible, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.36 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.37




Footnotes


1.    Num 30:2; Deut 23:21

2.    John 6:63; John 16:7-11,14

3.    John 1:12; 1 Thes 2:13

4.    Acts 2:41; Acts 8:37

5.    Matt 28:19

6.    1 Cor 12:12-13; Acts 2:42

7.    Eph 4:3

8.    John 14:26; John 16:13

9.    Eph 5:1-1; 1 Thes 4:9

10. Eph 2:21-22

11. Rom 12:10; 1 Thes 5:14

12. Gal 6:10

13. Col 3:16; Rom 5:14

14. Rom 12:19

15. Matt 5:23-24; Matt 18:15-18

16. Heb 10:25

17. Eph 6:18; 1 Thes 5:25

18. Eph 6:4

19. Mark 5:19

20. 1 Cor 12:25-26

21. Matt 5:16; Eph 5:15

22. 1 John 2:16; Tit 2:12

23. 1 Pet 3:21

24. 1 Pet 1:16; Rom 12:17; Eph 4:25; Eph 5:8 - *

25. Rom 12:4; 1 Cor 12:12

26. Acts 1:8; Acts 8:4

27. Heb 10:25

28. Matt 28:19-20; 1 Cor 11:24-25

29. Rom 16:17; 2 Thes 3:6

30. Acts 2:42; 2 John 9:11

31. 1 Cor 16:2

32. Matt 10:10; Gal 6:6

33. Mal 3:10

34. Acts 11:29; 2 Cor 8:1-5

35. Luke 24:46-48; Acts 1:8

36. Acts 18:27-28; Rom 16:1-2; 1 Cor 15:58; Col 3:23

37. 2 Cor 13:14


You will note Scripture references given along with the things which we promise.  This is because the Covenant is not something in addition to, but the very teachings of Gods Word put in the form of a covenant, vow or promise.