The Covenants of the Church: Week 1
Many years ago I remember when the church covenant was read regularly in the worship service.
A covenant is a formal binding agreement, or promise made between two parties. In this case, it is between people and the Church – all God’s people.
When is the last time you heard of the church covenant in the worship service?
Because I believe a church covenant is so important, I want to share with you five messages over the next few weeks. This week’s message is the Calling Spirit of the Covenant.
Having been led, as we believe, by the spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior,
And on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,
We do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
Covenants have represented the relationship of God with his people from the beginning.
Why is a church covenant so precious and important to God’s people?
First, the Calling Spirit of the Covenant is a divine calling.
We come together on Sunday mornings to worship God. Because God’s calling on our lives, we are called to a relationship with Jesus Christ. Because of the grace of God that’s already been provided, all we need to do is be partakers of the Grace of God.
Second, the Calling Spirit of the Covenant implies a shared experience.
That’s who we are – brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. Church members have done four things -received Christ as Lord and Savior, made a public profession of faith, followed through with baptism, and attended the local church.
We are together. We all have had a shared experience.
Third, the Calling Spirit of the Church leads to mutual commitment.
That’s when we work together to fulfill the mission of the church. We do much more together.
I hope this is a reality in your life. Jesus Christ is calling you to faith, to obedience, to responsibility in righteousness. You cannot and must not miss the Calling of Jesus Christ.
NEXT WEEK: The Giving Spirit of the Covenant.