Refuge City Church Covenant
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, His angels, and this assembly, most solemnly enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ (Rom 12:3-16; I Cor 12:25; II Cor 3:1-6; Eph 5:25, 32).
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to strive for the good of the church in pursuing the whole counsel of God through His Scriptures (II Tim 3:16-17; II Pet 1:21), faithfully sustain the worship and prayer life of the church (Acts 2:42-47; Heb 10:23-25), encourage the pursuit of holiness within the body (Lev 11:44; I Pet 1:14-16; Heb 10:24), support the spread of the Gospel national and internationally (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Ps 46:10), the correct use of the ordinances (Luke 22:14-20; I Cor 11:23-26; Matt 3:13-17; 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-41; Rom 6:1-4), growth in knowledge of the Scriptures (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 2:42; II Tim 2:1-2; 3:14-17; 4:1-5), establishing a welcoming community (Lev 19:33-34; Matt 22:36-40; Rom 16:16; II Cor 13:12; Phil 2:3-4), to contribute to the relief of the poor (Prov 22:9; Matt 19:21; Acts 2:44-45; II Cor 8:9; 9:7; Gal 2:10; James 1:27), the expenses of the church (Acts 2:44-45; II Cor 9:7; I Tim 5:17-18), and the discipline of the body (Matt 18:15-20; I Cor 5:1-5; Titus 3:8-11).
We also engage to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior (Matt 28:19-20; Rom 12:11; I Cor 14:12); to devote ourselves and our families to the Scriptures in submission to its teaching (Acts 2:42; II Tim 1:13; Titus 1:9), to privately pursue a worshipful lifestyle (Deut 32:3; Rom 12:1-2; I Cor 10:31) with constant prayer for our church and families (Eph 6:18; Phil 1:3-4), to seek the salvation of families, friends, and acquaintances; to be faithful in our evangelistic witness (Isa 61:1-2; Col 1:28; II Tim 4:5; I Pet 2:9), devotion to community with fellow believers (Heb 10:24-25; Gal 6:10), care for the poor and less fortunate (Prov 31:9; Isa 1:17; Jer 22:3; Zech 7:9-10); to be just in our dealings, faithful in our commitments (Matt 5:33-37), encouraging in our conversation (I Thess 5:11); to avoid all gossip and excessive anger; and to abstain from all practices and habits which would bring unwarranted harm to the body or jeopardize our own or another’s faith (Rom 1:28-32; Gal 5:16-26; Eph 5:29-32; Col 3:5-17).
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love through participating in an agreed upon minimum ministry involvement determined by the elders and congregation (Rom 12:9-10); to remember one another in prayer (Eph 6:18); to aid one another in sickness and distress (Rom 12:13); to cultivate sincere concern for one another’s well being (Rom 12:9-21); to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the commands of our Savior to secure it without delay (II Cor 5:18-19; Gal 6:1-5; Col 3:12-14; James 1:19-20).
We moreover engage that when we leave this fellowship, we will, if possible, unite with a church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s word (Prov 27:23; Rom 12:9; Heb 8:5-6; 10:24-25; I Pet 5:1-3; Rev 20:12).
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip us with everything good that we may do his will, working in is that which is pleasing in his sight, conforming us to the image of his Son, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.