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Harvest Covenant

1. I commit to living a life of faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to the great commission. This means that I will live a lifestyle of discipleship and outreach.

Discipleship: "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."
Luke 9:23

Outreach: "And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'"
Matthew 28:18-20

2. I commit to biblical literacy and practice. This means that I will study, learn, and apply the Bible to my life.

"All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work."
2 Timothy 3:16-17

"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account."
Hebrews 4:12-13

"Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him."
John 14:21

3. I commit to setting myself apart by giving a 'holy apathy' to any cultural trends which are not conducive to reflecting God's righteousness, holiness, magnificence, and value to this world.

"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Romans 12:1-2

4. I commit to learning history and understanding and overcoming the world and societal issues which marginalize my existence, sear my conscience, and destroy my character.

"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?"
1 John 5:4-5

5. I commit to giving regular and creative thought as to ways in which to establish and perpetuate a justice-oriented, biblical collective conscience, among the men, women, and children of my generation.

"Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you."
Psalm 89:14

"To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice."
Proverbs 21:3

"When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evil doers."
Proverbs 21:15

"Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice."
Proverbs 29:6

6. I commit to responding biblically to any trials or adversity which encroach upon my life.

"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."
1 Corinthians 10:13

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
James 1:2-4

"When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat."
1 Corinthians 4:12.