Our Pledge to One Another
Having followed the Lord’s leading to join together with this local church on the basis of our shared relationship with Jesus Christ through repentance and faith, as demonstrated publicly through our baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I joyfully affirm this covenant with this body and with God, in dependence on His gracious help.
I commit to pursue the stated mission of this church, which is to make followers of Jesus Christ for the glory of God. I will work to make followers who will love God with all their hearts and their neighbors as themselves so they are equipped to do the work of the ministry.
I will work and pray to guard the Spirit-given unity in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:1-3). I will endeavor to watch over others in brotherly love; to humbly give and receive admonishment lest I become hardened by the deceitfulness of sin; and to consider how to encourage others to love and good works (Heb. 3:13; 10:24).
I will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for others (Heb. 10:25). I will rejoice at others’ happiness and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear others’ burdens and sorrows (Rom. 12:15). I will be slow to take offense, and always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the instruction of our Savior to secure it without delay (Matt. 5:23-24).
I will endeavor to bring up my children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and to seek the salvation of my family and friends by righteous living and loving proclamation of the Gospel (Deut. 6:4-9; Eph. 6:4).
I will endeavor to pursue self-controlled, righteous, and godly living in this world, denying ungodliness and worldly passions, for I remember that I have been raised to walk in newness of life (Tit. 2:11-12).
I will work with this body for the advancement of this gospel church as I sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines. I will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the care of those in need, and the spread of the gospel through all nations (2Cor. 8:1-9).
I will support the Elders and Deacons of this church, praying for them and serving alongside them. I will accept and submit to the Elders’ spiritual oversight as they hold me accountable to my commitment to Jesus Christ. I will also hold the Elders and Deacons accountable to the Scriptures and to the duties and qualifications of their call (Heb. 13:7, 17).
I will, when I move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with a church where I can carry out the articles of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
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