Expressions of faith: Walking in Covenant

Rev. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

Do you believe in covenant? Do you believe the covenant is an agreement between mankind and God? If so, then what is your covenant agreement? The Christian agreement should be that we believe that salvation in Jesus Christ includes a call to minister to people. We believe that God has given to all His children gifts of grace that can be developed and used in ministry.

We believe that the Holy Spirit of God is our companion in ministry, enabling us to serve Jesus Christ to our fullest potential. Therefore, we will give high priority to develop and support the total ministry of the church, based on the teachings of our Lord and the apostles as stated in Ephesians 4. We will seek to discover, develop, and use together our God-given gifts in ministry.

We will engage ourselves in a mutual sharing of faith, hope, and love as the family of God. We will sit, talk, learn, and work together as we seek to build up the body of Christ. We will be honest and open with one another in our efforts to improve and expand our ministry. We will gratefully acknowledge God’s enabling presence in our midst as we share and work together to bring persons to God through Jesus Christ. All of this we covenant to do in the awareness of God’s call, commission, and presence in the person of the Holy Spirit. This is covenant.

Do you stand firm on water baptism? In baptism, a person signifies their repentance towards God, their trust in God’s mercy, and their surrendering will to God. As the baptism of Jesus Christ was a public acknowledgement of His submission to His Father’s will, so the Christians baptism is a public acknowledgement of his submission to the will of God. This repentance and faith are expressed to God, but the act takes place in the presence of the church and the world. While baptism is man’s response, it is closely related to the grace of God. Baptism is done by immersion. Baptism marks the entrance into a new life in Christ not conformed to your ‘old’ man but walking in the ‘new’ man, which is the Christ man.

After baptism there should be good stewardship—stewardship of talent, wealth, and spiritual gifts.

“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom man has committed much, of him they will ask the more,” Luke 12:48. When the question is asked how much is holy unto the Lord? The scripture teaches that the tithe (10%) is holy unto the Lord. “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is Holy unto the Lord and concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever cometh under the rod, the tithe shall be Holy unto the Lord,” Leviticus 27:30-32.

God has bestowed talents and gifts to each of His children. It should be no concern of ours as to how many talents God has given us. We should, however, ask, what am I doing with the gifts and talents I have received from God. “Then He that hath received the five talents went and traded with the same and made other five talents,” Matthew 25:16-18.

When you commit to walking in covenant, you commit to:

Learning
Learning is given to heighten one’s self image by recognizing that all persons are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).

Enrichment
Enrichment is to familiarize Christians with materials and methods that enhances family values (Ephesians 5:22-33; 6:1-4).

Service
Service develops skills, which will help persons become better able to serve the whole man with biblical theological knowledge (Romans 12:1-8).

Worship
Worship is to improve one’s relationship with God and man in Spirit and character of our new existence in Christ, as well as the unending character of this life (Psalm 34-35).

Fellowship
Christian fellowship builds a lasting bond between the members of our church family—bonds of concern and genuine commitment to one another. This circle of care is ever widening (1 John 1:7).
When you walk in Covenant, which is your public agreement to God, doors will open for you as you make a spiritual stand for your new covenant relationship with God.

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