CHM: A covenant, not a contract

Editor’s note: This information was published in a previous issue of Heartfelt Magazine, CHM’s monthly magazine that provides CHM membership-related tips and tricks, medical advice from doctors, testimonies from CHM members and more. Please refer to the CHM Guidelines and applicable web pages for the most up-to-date information regarding CHM membership, sharing eligibility and ministry news.

At Christian Healthcare Ministries there are no contracts between the ministry and you, our members.

That’s a fact we make clear before and after someone joins CHM. If our relationship with you were contractual, CHM would be a business and you would be our customers. However, that’s not what we are. CHM is a ministry and members support each other financially and spiritually.

A contract contains precise legal language to protect the party of the first part from the party of the second part—and any other parts—from each other. But again, this is a ministry, and we are all servants within and for the Body of Christ. That puts our relationship in an entirely different context: It’s a covenant in the theological sense, not a contract in the legal sense.

Such a covenant has its origin in God’s desire to have a personal relationship with humanity. That’s the purpose for our creation. If not for the disobedience in the Garden of Eden, our relationship with God today would be perfect. But with disobedience came sin and the separation from God that sin creates.

God did not abandon humanity; instead, He provided through sacrifice the mechanism by which sinful humanity could find forgiveness and come into the presence of the holy God.

Covenants are seen throughout the Old Testament. God first made a covenant with Noah to never again flood the entire planet. God then made a covenant with Abraham, whom He called “friend,” and through this covenant God made Abraham the father of many nations and gave the land of Canaan to Abraham’s descendants. Later, God made a covenant with Moses and the Israelite nation when He gave them the Ten Commandments and the Law.

In the person of His son, Jesus, God established a single sacrifice—all for one, once for all. This wasn’t a contract God entered into with humanity. Rather, it is a covenant: Assurance from God that we, His children, are able to enter into His presence.

As we confess our sins, they are put as far away from His sight as the east is from the west. The blood of Christ is literal and symbolic in that it is literally the means by which we are saved and the symbol of the new covenant God has created for us.

A covenant, in the CHM sense, is between people with the desire to love and support each other. It’s a commitment that brings comfort to all parties. God is in covenant with His people, and His people are to be in covenant with each other.

That’s why we have no contracts at CHM: It’s a covenant between our members (Christians who actively follow the teachings of the New Testament in its entirety, embrace the CHM Statements of Beliefs and who voluntarily join together to support each other).

Galatians 6:2 says: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (NKJV). They are our burdens, together. And together we meet them, not because of contracts that require it, but through a covenant that binds us as one in Christ.

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