Covenant Song

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Historically, church covenants have held an important place in church life. A church covenant educates new members in the responsibilities of church membership and clarifies modern misconceptions about what membership means. A recited church covenant reminds members of their scriptural obligations to one another in the body of Christ. A signed church covenant is powerful tool in church discipline. It aides in addressing back-slidden and wayard members, as well as warning those who are tempted to follow. Used rightly, a church covenant is a great tool for encouraging and protecting the health of a local body of believers.
Kevin Larson approached Eric Schumacher with the idea of writing a church covenant that could be set to music and be sung congregationally. Music has always been recognized as a powerful aid in memorization. A sung church covenant would etch into the minds of a church's members their obligations and commitments to one another. Eric produced this text, basing it on the church covenant of Kevin, Eric, and David's churches, a historic Baptist church covenant made popular by nine marks ministries. The timeless nature of David's tune will allow this covenant to be used and enjoyed across generations and for years to come.


Brought by God the Holy Spirit to trust Jesus Christ the Son,
We, the church of God the Father, as his people join as one.
Having been, our faith professing, baptized in the Triune name,
We, in joy and holy earnest, do this covenant now proclaim.

We will work with love and patience for the Spirit's bond of peace.
As we pray, we will endeavor to see holiness increase.
We will warn, exhort, encourage, as occasion may require.
We will seek to love each other, ever quick to reconcile.

We will not forsake assembling, nor neglect to serve in prayer.
We will seek to teach the gospel to those God puts in our care.
We will bear each other's burdens and in sorrow share our tears.
We will celebrate God's blessings, sharing in each other's cheer.

We will strive to walk in newness, free from worldly lust and sin,
As proclaimed in our immersion, "Dead to sin and raised with Him!"
We, our presence, gifts and service, to this church do now commit.
We will keep her faith and practice; to her discipline submit.

Should the Lord be pleased to move us, we will seek to quickly find
An assembly of like doctrine with a covenant of like kind.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus with God's love upon us fall;
May the Spirit's sweet communion be forever with us all.

By Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward. Based on the historic Baptist church covenant.
© 2005 Admin by Thousand Tongues

* Christians who believe in infant baptism are welcome to substitute the word profession for immersion in verse four.


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I will be humming this all day...well done.
» Todd Dennison on August 9th, 2006

[...] Readers of Doxologue may want to check out “Covenant Song,” recently published on Reformed Praise. [...]
» Doxologue on August 9th, 2006

I love this song. The only problem is that we are not a Baptist congregation, so stanza 4 talking about immersion is problematic for our use. I wrote to David to suggest an alternate line there of "As proclaimed by our profession"
» Howard Sloan on August 15th, 2006


Thanks for such an easy alteration to make this song paedobaptist-friendly! I have added the note below the lyrics above.
» David on August 15th, 2006

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