Saturday, September 18, 2010

HCBC Church Covenant

Having been, as we trust, brought by divine grace to embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and to give ourselves wholly to Him, and having been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit upon our profession of faith, we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We purpose, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love, exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other, and faithfully warn, exhort, and admonish each other as occasion may require. We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, but will devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, to the ordinances of the church, and to prayer. We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the ministry and expenses of this church and the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations. We will reject all heretical beliefs and practices, contending for the faith once for all delivered to the saints. We will both submit to the church’s discipline upon ourselves and assume our responsibility to participate in the discipline of other members, according to the teachings of Scripture.

We will strive by God’s grace and power to live as Christ in the world, and denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we will seek to fulfill our calling to lead a holy life and to be salt and light. We purpose to maintain family and private devotions; to train our children according to the Word of God; to seek the salvation of our relatives and acquaintances; to walk carefully in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our commitments, and exemplary in our conduct. We will abide by the standards of sexual purity, ethical integrity, and spiritual fidelity taught in the Bible. We will watch over one another in brotherly love, remember one another in prayer, rejoice with one another in blessing, and bear one another’s burdens in times of trial.

We moreover purpose that when we remove from this place we will as soon as possible unite with some other church of like faith and order where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word. If there is no such church, we shall seek, with the Lord’s help, to establish one.

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.

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