South Carolina Wedding Chapel, Inc. Church Covenant 01/20/2015

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive Jesus Christ as the Lord,
Savior, and supreme Treasure of our lives, and on the profession of our faith, having been
baptized by immersion in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 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 Ghost,

to walk together in Christian love,
to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and peace;
to promote its spirituality and fruitfulness;
to support its worship, ordinances, ministries and discipline;
to welcome instruction from the Scriptures by the Pastors of the church;
to align ourselves with the 1611 King James Bible, God's Word, as we seek to grow toward
biblical unity in Spirit and Truth;
to prayerfully, regularly and cheerfully contribute financially to the support of the ministry,
and expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel beginning in
our neighborhood and through all nations.
We also engage:
to maintain family and personal devotions; to educate our children in the Christian faith;
to seek the salvation of our family and acquaintances; 

[Chiefly that we walk circumspectly, (carefully and guardedly), in the world, that we may win
their souls; remembering that God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love
and of a sound mind; that we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth, and that a
city set on a hill cannot be hid. (Matthew chapter 5).
Eph. 5:15-17 reminds us that the days are short and the Lord’s return is near. Therefore,
each believer must guard how he lives and works in the world so as not to bring shame or
reproach on Christ and his church. Such righteous living will lead one to opportunities to
share the gospel with the lost in order to “win their souls.” While righteous living does not 

in itself guarantee fruitful soul-winning, it may certainly make others more receptive to the
Gospel by removing personal and human hindrances. Righteous living, however, is no
substitute for sharing the gospel verbally, openly and clearly, even if it leads to ridicule or
persecution by the world.
To this end, the believer must remember that fear is not of the Lord (2 Tim. 1:7), who gives us
the power of his Spirit to speak boldly (Acts 4:31), the ability to love the unlovable and to
demonstrate the nature of divine love (2 Cor. 5:14-15), and the words to say when called
upon to testify for him (Mark 13:11; cf. Matt. 10:19-20).
If you are faithful to testify for Christ, he will make you fruitful in the winning of souls. But
even if not, you have served as salt and light as our Savior instructed (Matt. 5:11-16), and
will not be ashamed in the Day of Judgment.]

to live a Godly life before the world;
to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment,
to avoid all tattling, gossiping backbiting and excessive anger;
to seek God’s help in abstaining from all illegal drugs, illegal intoxicating drink, and practices that bring
unwarranted harm to the body of Christ or jeopardize our own or another’s faith.

We further engage:

to watch over one another in brotherly love;
to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another 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 command
of our Savior to secure it without delay. (Matthew 18:15-17)

[The reference to Matthew 18 reminds us that we are each subject to one another (1 Pet.
5:5, “…all of you be submissive to one another and clothed with humility..”) and to the
church, who ultimately disciplines those who refuse to walk according to the Scriptures by
removing them from the fellowship (Titus 3:10), handing them over to Satan for the
destruction of the flesh, in the hopes that they will learn repentance and be saved in the last
day (1 Cor. 5:5; cf. 1 Tim 1:20).
Such warning and discipline should be done only after much prayer and in humility,
remembering our own propensity for sin (Gal. 6:1), and we must possess a willingness to
forgive and to restore to fellowship, those who repent and seek mercy (2 Cor. 2:5-11) at any
stage of the discipline process. If they refuse to repent, the painful task must be carried and 

the church must be faithful to her Lord by removing the offending member from our church
membership rolls, (1 Cor. 5:2).
These warnings remind us that we have been born again into Christ’s family and are to
reflect our resurrection life (Col. 3:1-14) by walking in that new life after the pattern of
Christ, whose dying and rising again is reflected in our baptism (Rom. 6:1-7).)

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will, if possible, unite
with a likeminded church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant.

We acknowledge that implicit within this covenant is the consent to be governed by the
SCWC Constitution & By-Laws that have been officially adopted by the church and that also
address peacemaking and reconciliation, accountability and church discipline, counseling and
confidentiality, and the protection of our children.

SCWC resolution regarding sexuality:

We recognize that God's gift of sexuality is like a deep and swiftly moving river, beautiful,
mysterious, and powerful. The boundaries of Scripture must be built into our lives in order
for this immense power to be a source of blessing rather than destruction.

Therefore, we call upon pastors, church members, and Christian families to forsake silence
about sexuality and to declare God's truth about the beauty and potential of sexuality and to
warn and counsel with compassion when it is misused.

In the local church, we encourage ministries to appropriately address these needs:

* to teach children, teens, and adults the biblical basis for the Christian standard of morality.
* to prepare people for marriage and enrich marriages.
* to affirm the gift of singleness and welcome singles into the full life of the congregation.
* to oppose the proliferation of pornography and prostitution.
* to care for persons involved in sexual sins such as adultery, homosexual behavior and
promiscuity, compassionately recognizing the potential of these sins to take the form of
* to teach the dangers and harm of spousal abuse, sexual abuse and sexual harassment,
seeking to prevent these sins in Christian homes and lives.
* to compassionately care for the victims of sexual sins of all kinds.

Be it also known that because of the strong societal acceptance of same sex marriages in
today's culture, we resolve to hold high the biblical principle regarding sexuality in refusing
to perform same sex marriages.

Commitment to Membership:

I have read the above covenant and agree to the entirety of its content and will, with the help
of the Holy Ghost, strive to live a Christ-centered life to bring glory to God the Father and
enhance His Kingdom in and through South Carolina Wedding Chapel as a member of this

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