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Glossary: covenant

The entering into and committing oneself to a continuing relationship. Christians see themselves as a people of a covenant with God. The New Testament or "New Covenant" is that covenant of the saving work of Jesus Christ through the grace of God and the response Christians make in their profession of faith and baptism. This understanding of covenant has been important throughout the life of United Methodism.

Source: A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz, Copyright 1991, Abingdon Press. Used by permission.