Covenant is a biblical concept. It’s an idea that comes from the Ancient Near East, where covenant was a binding agreement in which covenant members had certain obligations and could expect certain benefits in return.What makes a covenant different from a simple binding agreement is that covenant implies a relational commitment, rooted in loyalty and love. For example, God covenanted with Noah, with Abram, with the people of Israel at Mt.Sinai, and eventually brought about a new covenant, available to all through Christ. Through covenant God continually called people back to the kind of life He intended for them.
In the Scriptures, “covenant” meant an agreement that lasted for life—at FUMC we are attempting to use this meaningful term while recognizing that membership of a local church is often not for life. This is one reason why we occasionally ask members to renew their Covenant.