While our church Statement of Faith is a good summary of what we believe together, our Church Covenant (below) is an outline of how we agree to live together as a committed community. Although it does not include every Biblical command, it’s a helpful reminder of what it means for us to live together as disciples of Christ.
Our Church Covenant is as follows:
We were once dead in our sins, and deserving of God’s wrath, but now having been brought by God’s amazing grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, His Son; and having been forgiven, and adopted into His family; we now, in dependence upon His Spirit, joyfully renew our commitment to one another:
We will love one another as a family; rejoicing with those who rejoice, and weeping with those who weep; helping to carry each other’s burdens and sorrows; and with humility and patience, bearing with one another, forgiving as Christ forgave us, encouraging each other, and sensitively correcting each other whenever necessary.
(Romans 12:15, Galatians 6:2, 1 Peter 1:22, Ephesians 4:2, Colossians 3:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, 2 Timothy 4:2, Luke 17:3)
We will make every effort to remain united as a church as those whom Christ has reconciled, obeying our leaders, and submitting to their authority so that their work will be a joy.
(Ephesians 4:3, Hebrews 13:17)
We will defend a Bible-based and Christ-centred ministry in this church by supporting the preaching of the Word of God, the administration of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and the exercising of loving church discipline.
(2 Timothy 1:13-14; 4:15; Matthew 18:15-20, 26:26-29; 28:16-20; Acts 2:41, 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, 13, 11:18, 20, 33)
We will continue to gather together as a church family, and to pray for others and ourselves.
(Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:25; Colossians 4:2, Ephesians 6:18-19)
We will seek to bring up our children in the knowledge of God through the teaching of His Word, and by a loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends.
(Mark 10:13-16, Ephesians 6:4, John 13:34-35; 1 Peter 3:1)
We will contribute cheerfully, generously, and regularly to the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
(2 Corinthians 8:1-15; 9:6-14; Proverbs 22:9; Luke 11:41; 1 Timothy 6:18)
We will welcome people into our gatherings and into our lives as we practice hospitality.
(Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:2, 1 Peter 4:9; 3 John:8)
We will commit ourselves to being ambassadors for God’s Kingdom in this city through the proclamation of the Gospel and love towards all people.
(Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Mark 12:31, Galatians 6:10)
We will seek to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness, enduring suffering for the sake of Gospel, remembering that we are called to display God’s glory together, as we wait for the appearing of our great Saviour, Jesus Christ.
(Ephesians 5:15; Titus 2:11-14, 1 Peter 1:14-15, 2:20)
We will, if we move from this place, unite with another church, as soon as possible, where we can carry out the spirit of this promise and the principles of God’s Word.
(Acts 2:42, 1 John 1:7)
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.
(2 Corinthians 13:14)