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IDYLLWILD BIBLE CHURCH COVENANT
Having been led, as we believe, by the Holy Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the basis of a clear public profession of faith, we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into a covenant with one another as one Body in Christ.
We commit, therefore, to live our lives together in Christian love; to work for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and service; to promote its spiritual growth through diligent attention to doctrine, worship, edification, education, and the observance of the ordinances of Water Baptism and the celebration of Communion; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the financial support of this ministry for Christ’s sake; and to partner with God to advance the Gospel throughout the world. Further, we will give Christ’s church sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin.
We commit to maintain personal devotions and a Christ-centered focus within our families; to teach our children about the life, words, and works of Jesus Christ; to seek the salvation of our friends, families, and acquaintances; to live with spiritual wisdom and Biblical understanding in this world; and to be just and honest in all our dealings whether they be seen or unseen.
We commit to watch over one another in Christian love, praying for one another and seeking the highest good for fellow believers. We commit to aid one another in sickness and crisis; to be slow to take offense and quick to seek reconciliation; to flee the temptation to gossip, slander, or falsely accuse fellow believers, knowing the grievous destruction that comes from such sin. We shall strive to be obedient always to the commands of the Lord Jesus Christ as we are so enabled by the indwelling Holy Spirit. We will with His help refuse to condone or be involved with all practices, habits and forms of worldly activity that would oppose the clear teaching of Scripture. We will also seek to refrain from those things that might cause a brother or sister to stumble, or might hinder a person from making a faith-decision in Christ Jesus.
We further determine that when we move from the fellowship of the Bible Church, we will as soon as possible unite with another church where the spirit and convictions of this covenant are being carried out. In the event there is no such church, we shall seek with the Lord’s help to establish one.