Through the Covenant of Discipleship we become members of New Life in Christ Church and members of one another. This is not just joining an organization, it is joining the family of God’s people, and committing ourselves to one another’s spiritual growth. New membership classes start every April, July, September and December at 9AM in Pastor Doug’s office.
The basis of making this covenant is found in our shared faith in Christ and his work. Everyone who takes the covenant affirms four basic beliefs when they take the Covenant of Discipleship:
- We believe that the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God and thus the final authority in our lives;
- We believe, because of our sinfulness, we need a Savior and that we therefore cannot trust in our own works, but must trust in Jesus Christ alone and in the sufficiency of His works;
- We acknowledge Jesus Christ as the sovereign Lord of our lives and believe that, by His grace, we can serve Him and turn from whatever displeases Him to a life that is pleasing to God; and
- We believe that this congregation of God’s people will help us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our God and Savior, and are willing to submit to the authority of the spiritual leadership of this congregation as those who uphold its constitution, who care for our spiritual well-being, and who must give an account to the Lord on the last day.
After affirming these Covenant beliefs we make this promise to each other:
” Upon this basis, therefore, we covenant together as members of New Life in Christ Church to lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully and pleasing to Him.
We promise, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to worship the Triune God in spirit and in truth, privately, in our families, and together as the Body of Christ, and to obey our God in every area of our lives as an expression of our worship of Him.
We also promise to exhibit a Christ-like character in our individual lives, in our families, and in the church, as a witness to the world of the reality of the Living God; to exhibit a Christ-like care and watchfulness over each other and to faithfully warn, exhort, and admonish one another, that each person may grow to the point where he puts his full faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ in all areas of his life; to encourage one another in our ministry and service to the Lord Jesus Christ; to demonstrate our love of the Lord and our loyalty to one another by following the steps in Matthew 18:15-17 when another member of the Body of Christ offends or is overtaken in a fault (Gal 6:1); to train our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, that they might live for Him; and to use our gifts for the edification and building up of the Body of Christ.
We further promise to give cheerfully of our time, talent, and means in the measure that God has prospered us so that we might share with those in need, first within the Body of Christ, and then in our community and throughout the world, as a witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ; and to commit ourselves to the proclamation of the gospel throughout the world.
Being mindful of our own weakness and insufficiency, and knowing that of ourselves we can do nothing, we humbly implore God’s help and guidance in our solemn endeavor to fulfill this covenant. “