What is a ???Church Covenant????
A church covenant can be described in five different ways.* A church covenant is a promise – a promise made to God, to a local church, and to one???s self.* A church covenant is a summary of how we agree to live. While our statement of faith is a good summary of what we believe, our church covenant is a summary of how we agree to live ??? more importantly, it is a summary of how God would have us live. It does not include every explicit command regarding obedience, but it does give a general summary of what it means to live as a disciple of Christ.* A church covenant is a sign of commitment ??? a commitment to God, to His church, and to personal holiness.* A church covenant is an ethical statement. Historian Charles W. DeWeese writes, ???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??? (Baptist Church Covenants, p. viii). One theologian calls church covenants the ???ethical counterpart to confessions of faith.??? A church covenant can be an important part of applying a Christian worldview to every aspect of our lives. Inherent in the purpose of a church covenant is the understanding that church membership involves being held accountable to live in a manner consistent with a common understanding of Scripture.* A church covenant is a biblical standard. A church covenant is helpful in a church that is practicing Biblical church discipline. As members of a church, we exhort one another to live holy lives, and we challenge brothers and sisters persisting in sin.
Membership Matters – What is Our Church Covenant? – 9MarksSee also Mark Dever and Paul Alexander, The Deliberate Church, pg.62-63.