Church membership is a lot like marriage. We are joining together into a family union and making promises to one another. The following covenant contains those promises that we've made as church members and will continue to make as new members join the family.
1. Love One Another
Let us consider others more important than ourselves by letting the mind of Christ dwell richly within us. Let us genuinely love one another with brotherly affection and outdo one another in showing honor. And let us endeavor to love our neighbor a we love ourselves (Romans 12:10, Philippians 2:3-8; James 4:11; Mark 12:30-31).
2. Forgive One Another
Let us be humble, tenderhearted and forgiving towards one another, seeking always to maintain peace, harmony and unity without delay. Let us strive to be slow to take offense and ready for reconciliation (Romans 12:16; Ephesians 4:32; 1 Peter 5:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:13; Matthew 5:25, 18:15).
3. Encourage One Another
Let us refuse to complain and grumble against one another choosing instead to be patient. Let us be faithful to admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, and help the weak (James 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:11).
4. Gather With One Another
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope by not forsaking regular assembly. Whether meeting in unity with our sister churches, corporately with the body of City Fellowship, or intimately in small groups and one on one Bible studies, we commit to stir one another up to love and good works all the more as we see the day of our Lord approaching (Hebrews 10:23-25; Acts 2:46).
5. Bear One Another's Burdens
Let us not close our heart to a brother in need, but give to him as to the Lord. Let us do this so that we may demonstrate the love of Christ in deed and in truth (1 John 3:16-18; Galatians 5:13, 6:2; Matthew 25:40).
6. Pray For One Another
Let us lift one another up in prayer asking the Lord to fill us with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom, that we might bear fruit in every good work and endure in patience with joy, giving thanks in all things to the Father (James 3:17; 1 Corinthians 1:4-9; Colossians 1:9-14; Philippians 1:27).
7. Speak The Gospel
Let us preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in our homes, our neighborhoods and all nations, earnestly desiring that none should perish but that all would come to repentance and salvation (Acts 20:24; Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:17, 9:16).
8. Walk In Reconciliation
Let us take up the message and ministry of reconciliation, sacrificing of ourselves in order to repair relationships with our fellow men, just as our relationship with God has been repaired by the sacrifice of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18, Ephesians 2:14).
9. Live In Righteousness
Let us live in a manner worthy of the Gospel, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and endeavoring to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. Let us never separate personal holiness and public righteousness, for we have been buried with Christ in baptism and have been raised to walk with him in a new and holy life (Romans 12.2; Romans 6:1-4; Romans 8:5; Micah 6:8).
10. Give Sacrificially
Let us steward faithfully the resources that God has given us; using our time, talents, finances, and spiritual gifts to glorify God, edify the body, and combat the effects of the fall in the world. We resolve, by grace, to cheerfully, sacrificially, and consistently support the ministry and mission of City Fellowship (2 Corinthians 9:7; Mark 12:41-44).
11. Submit Graciously
Let us submit to the teaching of the elders and the discipline of the congregation with thanksgiving, believing that on the last day an accounting will be required of those charged with the oversight of souls. Let us further strive to submit to the authority of the Scriptures as the final arbiter on all issues (Hebrews 13:17; Matthew 18:15; Psalm 119:2; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
12. Do all these things to the glory of God
Let us present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, seeking to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength (1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1; Mark 12:30-31).