membership covenant

We do covenant together, God helping us, that as strangers and pilgrims in this world, we shall abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul; that we will put away from us all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven us; that we will be honest and fair in our business dealings, faithful in our responsibilities, diligent in our employment;
…that we will maintain family and personal devotions, educate our children in the Word of God, lead our family in worship and take them to church rather than just sending them; that we will take time to be with our children modeling for them the spiritual fruit of the Holy Spirit; that we will put our spouse as our highest priority after the Lord, striving to meet their needs and build them up in their faith, constantly striving to build oneness in our relationship showing them the unconditional love of God;
…that we will speak of salvation to our family, friends, associates and those whom the Lord gives us opportunity; that we will be zealous in our efforts to spread the gospel and obey the Great Commission and we will take part in confessing Christ before men; that as we have opportunity, we will do good to all men especially those of the household of faith;
…that we will remember to obey those who have the rule over us in the church and be submissive, so that when they give account to God they may do so with joy and not with grief; for we know that they speak the Word of God to us and watch out for our souls;
…that we will earnestly seek to maintain in the church the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace by refraining from all gossip, slander, and backbiting, seeking the forgiveness of
those whom we wrong and freely forgiving the wrongs of those who sin against us;
…that we will strive for the advancement of this Church; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, partake of its ordinances, submit to its discipline and cling to its teaching, giving Christ’s church sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin, faithfully attending the regularly called services and a small group;
…that we will faithfully serve Christ in a ministry of the church using our gifts, talents and interests; that we will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the financial support of this ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the gospel to all nations; giving as God has prospered us, not grudgingly or of necessity because God loves a cheerful giver;
…that we will put on the whole armor of God, keeping in mind that our battle is not with our Christian brother, and not even with ungodly and unreasonable men, but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against the
spiritual hosts of wickedness;  
…that we will pray for each other and the salvation of the lost, and we will comfort each other in sickness and in distress; to be slow to take offense, quick to forgive and always ready to sacrifice for the sake of reconciling.

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