Reformation Baptist Church Membership Covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to repent, believe, and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and to profess our allegiance to Him, 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.1

We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace and, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, we will walk together in Christian love.2

We will seek the salvation of our kindred, acquaintances, and strangers who have not repented for saving faith in Christ, to be in prayer for the spiritual awakening of the lost in our community, and to be a faithful witness of the gospel both here and to the remotest part of the earth.3

We will strive for the advancement of this Church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; and to submit to its leaders as they are faithful to Christ.4

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 through all nations.5

We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others, nor avoid the meetings of the Church.6

We will also maintain family and private devotions, educate our children in the Christian faith, and demonstrate the love of Christ in all of our household relationships.7

We will strive to watch over one another in brotherly love; remember one another in prayer; aid one another in sickness and distress; walk circumspectly in the world; be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment.8

We will abstain from gluttony, drunkenness, illicit drugs, materials, entertainments, or practices which jeopardize our own or another’s faith.9

We will cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech, and strive to avoid all Scriptural prohibitions, such as tattling, backbiting, and unrighteous anger; to refrain from speaking evil of one another; to be slow to take offense; to think the best of one another; and to always be ready for biblical reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay so far as it depends upon us.10

We will, if necessary, submit to biblically defined and regulated church discipline for the purpose of reconciliation with God and man, and we accept that refusing to communicate or to flee is to usurp the power of the Church and break this covenant.11

We will, when we move from this place, if possible, unite with a church which upholds the Essential Doctrines for Salvation defined in the church constitution and where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant.

Footnotes

[1]. Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 9:23; John 1:12-13, 11:26; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:1; Hebrews 11:6; I Peter 2:6
[2]. John 13:34; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Ephesians 4:1-6
[3]. Genesis 12:3; Matthew 28:19; Luke 24:44-48; Acts 1:3-8
[4]. Romans 8:6; 1 Corinthians 11:1; 2 Corinthians 12:11-13; 1 Thessalonians 4:7-12, 18; Hebrews 10:24-25, 13:17; 3 John 2
[5]. Job 34:19; Mark 10:21; Luke 4:18; 1 Corinthians 9:1-27
[6]. Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:25; James 5:16
[7]. Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Psalm 78; Ephesians 6:1-4
[8]. Micah 6:8; Matthew 18:15-20; Ephesians 5:1-21, 6:18; Colossians 1:9-10
[9]. Deuteronomy 21:20; Psalm 1:1-6, 101:1-2; Proverbs 23:21; 1 Corinthians 6:10; Galatians 5:21; Ephesians 5:3-12; Colossians 3:1-17
[10]. /sup>Leviticus 19:16; Psalm 19:14, 34:13-14; Proverbs 26:20-26; Ecclesiastes 10:11; Matthew 5:21-26; 2 Corinthians 12:20; Romans 1:30; Ephesians 4:29; Titus 3:10; 1 Peter 3:8-12
[11]. Matthew 18:15-20; Luke 17:4; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 2 Corinthians 2:1-11; 1 Timothy 1:20; Hebrews 12:11; 1 John 2:19