On Sunday, we received new members into our fellowship. During this time, I shared about our updated church covenant. A church covenant is simply a statement of our commitment as members of this local church.
By signing it we are saying a few things: (1) we believe God has brought us to new life in Christ through the work of his Spirit, (2) we believe that God has led us to be a part of this local church, and (3) we commit to carry out what the Bible teaches as members of this church. It’s a glorious thing.
In the coming weeks, Joe Calabello will be visiting the different home groups to go through the church covenant with those who are already members. Hopefully this will serve as a reaffirmation of membership. For those who who are not yet members, but want to learn more about the beliefs and values we share, please consider going through our membership class, Exploring Grace Covenant Church.
In the meantime, I would encourage all of us to give prayerful consideration to it. More than a document, I hope this process will help each of us as we walk out what it means to be a people called out by God.
Having been brought by God’s sovereign grace to repent and believe in the good news of Jesus Christ and his saving work, and having been baptized, we do now, as those united with Christ and in unity of the Spirit with one another, solemnly and joyfully affirm our covenant with each other.
We will pray and labor to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, devoted to the glory of God, resting in the gospel of his Son, and dependent upon the work of the Holy Spirit. To that end,
We will not forsake assembling together, but will faithfully attend our corporate worship, treasuring our church’s weekly opportunity to sing, pray, and receive the whole counsel of God’s Word. We will work together for a gospel-centered ministry by upholding and attending to biblical preaching, the administration of the sacraments, and the exercise of God’s redemptive discipline through His Word and through the church.
We will walk together in brotherly love, as becomes the members of a local church: we will pray for and serve one another, exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other, and reject all opportunities to speak or hear gossip or slander. We will instead seek to encourage one another and build each other up in the faith.
We will rejoice with those who rejoice and endeavor, with tenderness and sympathy, to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows.
We will seek to proclaim and adorn the gospel of Christ before our family, friends, and neighbors to faithfully transfer the gospel to future generations.
We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of our local church, to the care of our members, and to the spread of the gospel locally and to all nations.
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.