While a statement of faith describes what members of a church believe, a covenant describes how the members agree to live in light of those beliefs. As such, it is meant to describe, in broad terms, what the New Testament teaches about Christian conduct and what it looks to live together as a local body of believers. Our membership covenant is as follows:
Having been led by the Spirit of God to repent of our sin and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and His saving work, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do most solemnly and joyfully enter into this covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
As members of Cedar Grove we do hereby covenant to…
- Submit ourselves to the authority of God’s Word and to maintain personal and family devotions
- To gather regularly with the church body for corporate worship, treasuring our church’s weekly opportunity to sing, pray, and receive the whole counsel of God’s Word
- To walk with the other members in brotherly love: to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep, to reject all opportunities to speak or hear gossip or slander, to be slow to take offense and eager to pursue reconciliation, and to put the interests of others ahead of ourselves for the sake of the gospel
- To live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to seek the salvation of my kindred and acquaintances
- To give regularly to the work of the church, as together we seek to advance the gospel in our community and around the world.