Note to reader: This is the second post in a series on church covenants. In the first post I introduced wording that I am recommending Emmanuel Baptist Church adopt as their church covenant. In this second post, I hope to defend the need for our church to use a formal church covenant.
Why does a church need a membership covenant? Let me answer this question with a question—Why does a church need a statement of faith? A church adopts a statement of faith as a summary of its understanding of the basic doctrines of the Scriptures. It uses a statement of faith as a measure for membership—churches ask members to affirm the statement or support the teaching of the church as given in the statement. The Articles of Faith is a statement of what the members believe concerning the doctrines of the Bible. This is the primary reason a church needs a church covenant: it is a summary statement of how the members understand what the Bible teaches concerning how Christians should live together.read more