by Beverly Barnett
Brotherly Love in Action
“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer,” Romans 12:11, 12.
When was the last time you read your church covenant? Romans 12 was (I believe) a guiding factor when John Newton Brown wrote the first church covenant in 1853. Most every church building has a large church covenant hanging in a visually prominent location. But, how many of us have reviewed it? This is the covenant that we freely entered into with our brothers and sisters in Christ when we joined a local body of believers. Because of space and word count restraints, it is impossible to write it here; although, I urge you to read it and recommit to its promises.
Commitment is a key factor in any undertaking, but it is even more vital in the work of the Lord. One reason commitment is so important is that our Lord does not stand over us with a whip to force us to do what we have agreed to do. Therefore, we tend to become lackadaisical in church attendance, Bible training and separation from the worldly influences. The church covenant is a reminder of why we do what we do and for whom: to worship and honor God through Jesus Christ, to love our brothers and sisters in Christ and to spread the good news of the gospel.
REFLECTION: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).