At Redeeming Grace Fellowship, we believe that church membership is more than having your name on a list in the church office. Though all true believers in Jesus are united in one body, that one body manifests itself in the world and is participated in through localized expressions commonly referred to as “local churches.” In the Bible, Christians are exhorted to participate in the life of a local church. Furthermore, the letters of the New Testament provide us with clear instructions and guidelines regarding what that participation should look like.
Because of that, we believe that covenant membership is the best way for us to function as a healthy family of faith and to hold each other accountable to “walk worthy of the calling to which [we] have been called” (Eph. 4:1). A church covenant is “a series of written pledges based on the Bible which church members voluntarily make to God and to one another regarding their basic moral and spiritual commitments and the practice of their faith.” In other words, a church covenant is our commitment to God and to one another to live as God has called us to in his word.
Having been led by the Spirit of God to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior 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 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 not forsake the assembling of ourselves together; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, doctrines, and discipline; to 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 to all nations.
We also engage to maintain private and family devotions; to teach our children the gospel of Jesus Christ and the doctrines of the Word of God that they might come to know through faith in Jesus Christ and grow in godliness; to seek the salvation of our family and friends; to live carefully in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our behavior; to avoid all gossiping, backbiting, and excessive anger; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we move from this place we will 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.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.
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Charles Deweese as quoted in Mark Dever, The Church: The Gospel Made Visible (Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2012), 114.