I was raised Baptist and one of the staples of the Baptist faith is the “Church Covenant”. I haven’t read it in years, but I was chatting with a cousin of mine over this past weekend and it came up again so I decided to re-read it. The “Church Covenant” is scripturally based and being that I’ve had a few years to really dig into the Word for myself, I can see why this covenant (along with others across the Christianity-based religions) are important. This is the one I grew up with from “The New National Baptist Hymnal” (c) 1977 (aka the red hymn book). Here’s the first half:
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour; and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge and holiness; to give it a place in our affections, prayers and services above every organization of human origin; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, towards its expenses, for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. In case of difference of opinion in the church, we will strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the majority to govern.
(part two next blog)