What is a Church Covenant?
At our church, we believe that church membership is an important responsibility. Our church covenant is an expression of the commitments we make towards one another as members of this local church, to care for and build up our fellow members. Each member of our church has committed to carrying out these promises in their lives, and as you read the promises written below, we hope you get a glimpse of our care for one another.
OBC Church Covenant
We have, by God’s grace, been brought to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, we do now, in dependence upon His Spirit, solemnly and joyfully make this covenant with each other.
We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace with one another. (Eph. 4:1-3)
We will walk together in Christian love, exercising an affectionate care for and watchfulness over one another; praying for one another; faithfully encouraging, warning, rebuking, and admonishing one another as occasion may require; being slow to take offense; and being ready always for reconciliation, and mindful of the command of our Savior to seek it without delay. (John 13:34-35; 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Cor. 5:1-2; Heb. 3:12-14)
We will regularly assemble together to worship God and build each other up in Christ. (Heb. 10:23-25)
We will seek to bring up those under our care in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example will seek the salvation of our family and friends. (Titus 2:1-6, Deut. 6:4-7)
We will rejoice in each other’s happiness and work with tenderness and sympathy to help carry each other’s burdens and sorrows. (Rom. 12:15, Gal. 6:2; James 2:14-17)
We will seek, by God’s grace, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly passions, and remembering that, as we have been buried with Him in baptism and raised again to newness of life, so we now have a special obligation to lead a new and holy life. (Eph. 5:15-21; Titus 2:12; 1 Pt. 1:14-16, 2:11-12)
We will work together to maintain a faithful evangelical ministry in this church, by supporting and upholding the preaching of the Bible, the right administration of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and when necessary by the exercise of church discipline. (Mt. 18:15-20; Acts 2:38; 1 Cor. 5:9-13, 11:26; 2 Tim. 4:2)
We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the spread of the Gospel to all nations. (2 Cor. 9:7; Gal. 6:10; James 1:27; 1 Jn. 3:17-18)
We will, when moving 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. 10:23-25)
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.