On Sunday, October 6, 2013, Providence Baptist Church will celebrate its 35th Anniversary. Those of us who have been here since that first Sunday in 1978 could never have imagined the journey in store for us as the Lord gave us the privilege of founding this congregation. In preparation for the anniversary, we are introducing a Covenant for the People of Providence as a way of expressing succinctly our commitments to God and to each other out of profound gratitude to Jesus Christ.
As we have stated clearly our Purpose and laid out our Core Values, we now want to add this covenant to state emphatically that we understand what it means to be members of the body of Christ and in these twelve areas affirm together some of the highlights of that commitment.
COVENANT POINT ONE
We will strive to grow in our knowledge of God and submit to the Word of God as the authority in our lives and in His church.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 3:18
COVENANT POINT TWO
We will seek to live loving, holy lives as we grow in Christ-like character.
1 Peter 1:14-16; Galatians 5:16-25
COVENANT POINT THREE
We will dedicate ourselves to live a life of worship before God, recognizing that all of life is lived out in His presence. We will seek to trust God and show His worth with our minds, our hearts, and our hands.
Romans 12:1; Hebrews 13:15-16
COVENANT POINT FOUR
We will gladly support the Church in its worship, teaching, ministry and discipline, and we will submit to its God-given leadership.
Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Hebrews 13:17
COVENANT POINT FIVE
We will regularly observe baptism and participate in communion as we remember the past work of Christ on the cross, celebrate the present work of Christ at the Father’s right hand, and anticipate the future work of Christ in returning for His bride.
Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
COVENANT POINT SIX
We will uphold one another, along with the church’s leaders, ministries, and missionaries, in prayer.
James 5:16; Colossians 4:2
COVENANT POINT SEVEN
We will give cheerfully and regularly in the financial support of this church, its ministries and obligations.
Luke 12:32-34; 2 Corinthians 9:7-9
COVENANT POINT EIGHT
We will submit to one another out of devotion to Christ, allowing us to love one another, serve one another, encourage one another, share one another’s joys, bear each other’s burdens, and support one another in sickness and distress.
1 John 3:16-18; Philippians 2:3
COVENANT POINT NINE
We will seek the good of others by going to our neighborhoods and to the nations to show the love of Christ and share the truth of the gospel.
Matthew 28:19-20, Psalm 67:1-2
COVENANT POINT TEN
We will seek to pursue our unity in the Spirit by being patient with one another, by extending grace and forgiveness, and by being ready to seek reconciliation.
Ephesians 4:1-3; Ephesians 4:32; Galatians 6:2
COVENANT POINT ELEVEN
We will protect our families and train our children to treasure Christ and seek His will for their lives through instructing and encouraging them in the Scriptures.
COVENANT POINT TWELVE
We will seek to understand and exercise our spiritual gifts as we serve together as members of the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:1-27
Each week for the next four weeks, daily devotions are available to explain and call more attention to the twelve points of this covenant. They can be found by clicking here.
On Sunday, September 8, we begin a five-week series on God’s gracious covenant with the human race. Genesis 17 tells the story of El Shaddai, God Almighty, entering a covenant with Abraham.
“I am El Shaddai; walk before Me, and be blameless, and I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly” (Genesis 17:1-2).
Michael Card wrote a song called “El Shaddai” over 30 years ago that still rings true in the hearts of worshipers. As you prepare your heart for worship this weekend, consider the greatness of our God while you listen to this live recording by Michael and friend, Sara Groves.