Reflections on Living Our Baptismal Covenant
What does it mean to follow Christ?
The rite of Christian initiation contains a series of vows, made by all present, called the "baptismal covenant" (Book of Common Prayer, pp. 304-305). Responding to a series of questions, the people affirm belief in the triune God (through the Apostles' Creed) and promise to continue in the Christian fellowship, resist evil and repent, proclaim the gospel, serve Christ in all persons, and strive for justice and peace.
Do you believe in God the Father?
Luke 15:11-32 (Prodigal Son)
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
John 1:35-51 (Come and See)
Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
John 14:26; Acts 2:1-21 (Pentecost)
Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
John 13:3-5; Luke 24:13-35 (Road to Emmaus)
Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
Matthew 4:17; Mark 1:14, Luke 8:1 (Repentance)
Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8 (Great Commission)
Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
Luke 10:25–37 (Good Samaritan)
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
Luke 6:27-37 (Love your enemies)