Faith Baptist Durham | Our Covenant
Having, as we trust, been brought by Divine Grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to give up ourselves to Him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully establish this covenant with one other.
We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
(Eph. 4:3; Heb. 12:14; Rom. 12:18)
We will walk together in brotherly love, which is the expectation for the members of a Christian Church. We will exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish and reprove one another as occasion may require.
(Heb. 13:1; Jn. 13:35; Matt. 18:15-17; 2 Tim. 3:16; Col. 3:16)
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others.
(Heb. 10:25; 1 Thess. 5:17; Jas. 5:16; 1 Tim. 2:1; Eph. 6:18; Phil. 4:6; Heb. 4:16; Col. 4:2)
We will endeavor to bring up those that are under our care in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends.
(Deut. 6:4-9; Eph. 6:4; Prov. 22:6)
We will rejoice at each other’s happiness and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows.
(Gal. 6:2; Rom. 12:15; Phil. 2:4; Gal. 6:10)
We will seek, by Divine aid, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly passions, and remembering that, as we have been voluntarily buried in baptism and raised again from the symbolic grave, so there is on us a special obligation now to lead a new and holy life, for such a life is pleasing to the Lord.
(Eph. 5:8,15; Tit. 2:12; Rom. 6:1-4; Rom. 12:1-2; Jn. 14:15)
We will work together for the continuance of a faithful, gospel-centered ministry in this church, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines. We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel, both across the street, and around the world.
(Acts 2:42-47; 1 Pet. 3:15; Jas. 1:27; Matt. 18:18-20; Rom. 10:17; Tit. 2:1,15; Col. 3:16; Matt. 18:15-17; 1 Tim. 1:3-11; 2 Cor. 9:7)
We will, if we move from this place, as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
(Heb. 13:17; Heb. 10:25)
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.
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