The Five Baptismal Covenants
What we believe should effect how we behave. If it doesn’t, perhaps we are not fully committed to what we say we believe. For example, if someone believes in global warming, then we would expect him to recycle, minimize use of plastics, and perhaps drive an electric car. True belief forms committed behavior. Therefore, if we believe in God as expressed in the Nicene creed, then the following 5 Baptismal Covenants are the genuine and active behaviors of a believing Christian lived out in the world.
—Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
The actions described in this question embody the life of the church gathered. Discover through this lesson how these particular actions are the foundation of our life together and witness to the world.
—Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
In the scriptures, we are commanded to be holy as our God is holy. What does personal sanctification look like in the life of the believer? This lesson explores God’s call for us to be holy as He is holy so our lives reflect Him more deeply to the world.
—Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
Our witness to the world must incorporate both action and words. Without words of proclamation, our good and generous actions glorify us rather then God and our proclamation is silent. Learn through this lesson that our words of proclamation must accompany our good works.
—Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
Active service to the world is our calling as we participate in God’s renewing of creation. Learn how real service goes beyond good works and becomes a participation in the coming of God’s kingdom on earth.
—Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
Our final baptismal covenant embodies the fullness of the church scattered. Learn what it means to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, ushering in God’s kingdom intentionally and gracefully.