“And the king went up to the house of the LORD and all the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests, the Levites, and all the people, from the greatest to the least; and he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the LORD. Then the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the LORD to walk after the LORD, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant written in this book. Moreover, he made all who were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand with him. So the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.” ~ 2 Chronicles 34:30-32
The foundational church covenant is THE NEW COVENANT which is celebrated in the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. The church covenant that we make together is a voluntary one before God as a commitment to keep His Word. This is done in response and recognition of the good hand of the Lord upon us who has, “arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 1 Corinthians 12:18”
- What is a Covenant? A covenant is an agreement between two people or two groups that involves promises on the part of each to the other. The term covenant is used over 300 times in the scripture, the concept being one of the most important theological truths of the Bible.
- Why should we covenant together? There are various types of covenants. For our purposes, a covenant day merely provides the opportunity to express a commitment to Christ, and to each other as is biblically appropriate for a local body of believers. The Bible calls us to “encourage one another,” “bear one another’s burdens,” “sharpen one another,” and much more. When we covenant together, we express an agreement with God and each other that we will, BY GOD’S GRACE, live together in accordance to the scripture.
- Who should covenant together? All disciples are called to be committed to a local body of believers for the exercising of their spiritual gifts, and the oversight of their spiritual well being through submission to God-ordained elders. All “Heads of Households” should consider the mission and vision of the local church which they are to join themselves to. Our Mission and Vision Statement can be reviewed on the website, or on hardcopy at the “church library.” This opportunity to share the yoke of Kingdom work is for those who agree with the Mission and Vision of Legacy Baptist, and are in substantial agreement with The Baptist Confession of 1689.
- What about those of differing beliefs? The importance of covenanting together becomes even more obvious in today’s society. Having a unified Mission and Vision for church members (those who covenant together) clarifies the direction of this local assembly. Having a clear direction serves to unify the membership, and provide much needed information to visitors who are looking for where the Lord would have them to join for Kingdom service. Our methodology provides unique opportunities for the family. Some people will enjoy the benefits of our methodology without embracing our theology. It is our prayer that we can be a blessing to them while they seek the Lord’s direction.
In short, Covenant Day is a day whereby Legacy Baptist Church offers an “official opportunity” to its people to express their commitment to God, each other, and a common Mission & Vision. The following is our church covenant:
LEGACY BAPTIST CHURCH: OUR CHURCH COVENANT
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in obedience to his holy will and divine ordinance, we whose names are here under written, being by His most wise and good providence brought together into this part of America, and desirous to unite ourselves into one Congregation or Church under the Lord Jesus Christ our Head, we covenant with the Lord and one with another; and do bind ourselves in the presence of God, to walk together in all His ways, according as He is pleased to reveal Himself unto us in his blessed Word of truth.