Having repented of our sins and having trusted in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and being baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we make the following covenant with God and one another by God’s grace and the enablement of the Holy Spirit.
WE WILL SUPPORT THE TESTIMONY OF OUR CHURCH...
WE WILL GUARD THE UNITY OF OUR CHURCH...
WE WILL SUPPORT THE MINISTRIES OF OUR CHURCH...
…BY LOVING GOD SUPREMELY AND GLORIFYING HIM IN ALL THINGS:
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and the greatest commandment.’” -Matthew 22:37-38
…BY LIVING A SPIRIT FILLED CHRIST-LIKE LIFE:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.” -Galatians 5:22-23
...BY FAITHFULLY WORSHIPPING TOGETHER ON THE LORD'S DAY:
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.” -Hebrews 10:25
...BY DEMONSTRATING CHRIST'S LOVE TO ALL PEOPLE:
“Love your neighbor as yourself" -Matthew 22:39
...BY HONORING ITS DOCTRINES:
“Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you – guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” -2 Timothy 1:14 (See CrossLife Statement of Faith)
...BY SHOWING LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER:
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” -John 13:34-35
...BY MINISTERING TO ONE ANOTHER:
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” -Galatians 5:13
...BY PRAYING WITH AND FOR ONE ANOTHER:
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” -Ephesians 6:18
...BY SPEAKING IN A WAY THAT BUILDS UP OTHERS:
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” -Ephesians 4:29
… BY SUBMITTING TO THE CHURCH’S DISCIPLINE UPON MYSELF AND LOVINGLY ASSUMING MY RESPONSIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISCIPLINE OF OTHER MEMBERS, AS TAUGHT IN SCRIPTURE.
1 Corinthians 5
...BY FOLLOWING THE LEADERS CHOSEN BY THE CHURCH:
“Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.” -Hebrews 13:17
...BY TAKING PART IN THE MISSIONS EFFORT LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY:
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” -Matthew 28:18-20
...BY BEING EQUIPPED TO SERVE:
“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” -Ephesians 4:11-12
... BY DEVELOPING A SERVANT'S HEART:
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” -Romans 12:11
...BY EXERCISING OUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS IN MINISTRY:
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” -1 Peter 4:10
...BY REGULARLY SHARING THE GOSPEL WITH UNBELIEVERS:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” -Acts 1:8
...BY GIVING CHEERFULLY OF OUR FINANCES:
'‘Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsions, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
We will, when we move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.