Daily Devotional – 6/25/14 “Church Covenant”

Have you ever noticed the covenant that hangs in most churches? Have you taken the time to read it? Did you know that when you become a member of a church you are now agreeing to said covenant yet you’ve never read it? How can you hold up your part if you don’t know what it is? My own personal belief is, if more churches would get back to teaching the covenant, preaching God’s word instead of playing in the flesh, anointing folk with oil to get rid of these evil spirits, praying for one another and building each other up; our worship services will be better. If the pastor would get back to doing what he/she was called to do, people were to get back to respecting the pastor as the head of the church, members were to learn their role and stay in their lane and the church as a whole would get back to reaching and teaching folk; just imagine how much better our worship experience would be. But it all goes back to the covenant because when you understand the agreement, you might just do better. So take a moment and read the church covenant below and my prayer is that we will all do better.

Having been led as we believe, by the spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We engage therefore by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality: to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use on intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay.

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

And now unto Him, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, be power and glory forever. Amen.”

To sum it up, when we become a Christian we become one body in Christ and no one should fall without having someone there to help them back up. We agree to love one another and participate in the up building of the church (studying God’s word, paying tithes & spreading the word to those outside of the church). We agree to teach our children God’s word, devote prayer time to our family, fellowship with other believers, be faithful in all we do, be passionate about Godly business and become our brother/sister’s keeper. It is our responsibility to be an encouragement for one another without judgment and harsh criticism. We agree to carry ourselves in a way that those who maybe wandering without direction can be saved through us but we can’t do that if we aren’t getting along with other church folk. Admit when you’re wrong and apologize, don’t hold grudges and stop running from the church every time you get mad. Baby, running makes you tired and soon you’ll turn away from God when all you should have done was talk to the one who hurt you. I didn’t say stay where you aren’t being spiritually fed but I said stop church hopping. Find a church home so that you can hold up your end of the agreement and when you get there; hold up your end of the agreement!

Daily Devotional – 11/15/13 “What would they find?”

I wonder how many church doors would still be open if undercover agents from the DOC (Department of Christianity) were to raid them. I mean, how many churches would actually pass the raid and how many will be shut down as being a nuisance to the community? Seriously! If an undercover agent went in would they find God being glorified or gossip? If an undercover agent went in would they find willing workers or wicked witnesses? If an undercover agent went in would they hear God’s message or mess? Would they find a family of blood bought believers who will stand for one another or would they find the enemy dressed in sheep’s clothing ready to tear each other down? What would they find? Would they find deacons praying or preying? Would they find the usher opening doors or shutting them in folk’s face? Would they find the mothers teaching young girls or simply pushing them out the church? Would they find the choir members singing or sinning? Would they find the pastor teaching or simply talking? What would they find?

Every Baptist church I know has the church covenant posted on the wall yet not many teach it when is states, “When we accept Christ we do so in the presence of the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost and we enter this agreement joyfully with one another as one body.” So, why is it so easy to laugh at somebody who is going through like our time isn’t coming? Why is it so easy to wish bad over folk’s blessings like we won’t soon have a prayer request? Why do we find it easy to be a pain in the butt instead of a praying partner? Why do we find it easy to push folk down like we’ve never had to be pulled up? When will we get back to the real church? The kind of church where the pastor doesn’t have to pump and prime for praise or amen, he kind of church where you leave acting and looking like you’ve been there, the kind of church that has open doors at all time and not just on Sunday, the kind of church that doesn’t mind going outside the 4 walls to reach others and the kind of church that is based on God’s word and not the world. Where are they? Will all the real saints please stand up?