THE CHURCH COVENANT
The Pearl Street Reformed Baptist Church Covenant
Having been brought by God’s grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and having been baptized upon my profession of faith, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, I do now, relying on God’s gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with this local body of believers as one in Christ.
I will commit to glorifying God by loving the Lord my God with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength; and by loving my neighbor as myself even as Jesus Christ has loved me.
Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:29-31; Luke 10:25-28; John 13:35; 15:8-14; Romans 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 10:21-11:1; Galatians 5:6, 13-14; James 2:8; 1 Peter 4:8-11; 1 John 3:22-24
I will walk in this commitment to glorify God with a wholehearted love for God and a Christ-like love for others by personally devoting myself to…
Prayer—is reverently and joyfully praising God in Christ for who He is; thanking God in Christ for what He has done; solemnly confessing sin; acknowledging our absolute dependence on God in Christ for everything; and asking God in Christ for grace to believe and obey. Prayer ought to be a daily practice for oneself and on behalf of others.
Psalm 51; 118; Matthew 6:5-13; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2-3
Knowledge—is the seeking of a growing understanding of God and a Christ-like mindset toward all of life by fervently and faithfully reading, believing, and obeying God’s Word.
Psalm 1:1-2; Philippians 4:8-9; Colossians 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Holiness—is the persistent practice of putting away sin in all areas of life and putting on Christ-likeness in all areas of life.
Galatians 5:16-24; Colossians 3:1-17; Titus 2:11-15; 1 Peter 1:13-16
Ministry—is being an obedient disciple of Christ by making disciples for Christ. This is done by humbly considering the interests of others above one’s own; speaking the truth in love for the spiritual growth of believers and the salvation of unbelievers; and serving to meet the physical and spiritual needs of one’s fellow church leaders and members, family, and anyone else God places in one’s life. Ministry makes meeting with one another necessary; therefore, repentance of any habit of neglect of each other is necessary.
Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 6:27-36; Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 2:1-4; Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:24-25;
*On occasion, love for God and others may require church discipline to be the ministry toward those who claim Christ and are church members, and yet they are refusing to repent of sin. On such occasions, Christians are to admonish and plead with the one who refuses to repent (Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15).
Unity—is the embracing and guarding of the teachings of God’s Word, and the maintaining of peace and fellowship with one’s brothers and sisters in Christ.
Romans 12:7-21; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 4:25-32; Colossians 2:8; 1 Timothy 4:1-16
Generosity—is the glad, selfless, sacrificial, systematic giving of one’s time and money to the spiritual investment of the church’s ministry and to those whom God places in one’s life. God has always funded His ministry on earth through the giving of His people; therefore, God expects Christians to faithfully support the ministry and people of the church by the participation in its ministry and the glad giving of their money to the church for its ministry and people.
1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:1-12; 9:6-11; Galatians 6:6-10
Missions—is the advancing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people groups which requires the faithful going and giving of God’s people. God holds Christians responsible for advancing the Gospel locally by evangelizing and discipling their community together through the church, and God holds Christians responsible for advancing the Gospel globally by praying, training, sending, and financially supporting missionaries and church planters.
Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 13:1-4; Ephesians 4:11-13; Philippians 4:15-20; 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8