Church Covenant

On October 6, 2013, CLBC updated its church covenant, constitution, and doctrinal statement. This is the current church covenant.

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus 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 Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully enter into this covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to study the Bible; to walk together in Christian love; to be zealous in our effort to advance the kingdom of our Savior; 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 support of the ministry and expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

We will seek, by God’s grace, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldliness, and, because our God is holy and He demands the same of us, we will pursue holiness in thought and behavior and turn from any remnants of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life that the Holy Spirit may expose in our lives. Further, we agree to abstain from practices that harm the body or jeopardize our own or another's faith.

We further maintain 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 feelings 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 will not bring forward to the church a complaint against any member for any personal trespass against us until we have taken the first and second steps pointed out by Christ in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew; and that all private offenses which can be privately settled, we will never make public.

We, moreover, engage that when we remove from this community, 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.