The Church Covenant

Philippians 2:2; 3:15-16

We are an Independent, Fundamental, Bible-believing and Bible-teaching Baptist Church. Although that isn't our name it does convey our position on the Scriptures and the autonomy of the local church. However, we do have three other written documents that mean a great deal to this church and each member. They help organize and define what we do and why we do it. They do not supercede the Bible, nor are they in conflict with the Bible. They naturally fall under the authority of God's Word and give the church guidelines and structures in which to operate.

These three written documents are the Articles of Faith, the Constitution & By-laws, and the Church Covenant. The first spells out exactly what we believe and why we believe it. The second gives us guidelines on how we are to govern the local church and its membership. The third is the promise that each member makes to the rest of the membership of the local body.

Tonight, I want us to consider the Church Covenant. Perhaps there are some who are unaware of its existence, and others who are unaware of its importance.

I. Our Mutual Compact. (1st Paragraph)

II. Our Mutual Commitment. (2nd Par.)

III. Our Mutual Conduct and Care. (3rd paragraph)

IV. Our Mutual Challenge. (4th paragraph)

Conclusion: The final paragraph of the church covenant points out that our promise is perpetual. And that if we move away from this place we will unite with another local body where we can fulfill the same promise in accordance with the principles of God's Word.

This is our covenant with each other made in the presence of God. It is not a light thing to be a member of Grace Baptist Temple. Too often people view the church as a place where they can come to take spiritual nourishment without putting anything back into it.

This evening we are reminded of our mutual covenant, our mutual committment, our mutual conduct and care for one another, and our mutual challenge to live out what we say we believe.

Two different people asked me the same question this week. "What is wrong with our church?" The answer is that we need a revival! The revival must start within each of us, and it must address our commitment to God and to one another.