St. Rose Community Church Membership Covenant
As sinners who have been made new and having become members of God’s redeemed people by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone, and having publicly professed our salvation through baptism, we affirm this covenant together with ST. ROSE COMMUNITY CHURCH by God’s Grace and for God’s glory.
We have become the family of God the Father, thus we will love one another and will increasingly reflect our Father’s image to the world. We have become the temple of God the Spirit, thus, we will strive for holiness and will house the very presence of God for the world to see. We have become the body of God the Son, thus, we will act as the hands and feet of Jesus in the world and we will serve the Lord and his church with the unique abilities and gifts He has blessed us with.
Together, we will engage in personal and corporate devotion to the Word of God through reading the Word, studying the Word, hearing the Word and ultimately sharing the Word.
We will devote ourselves to the worship of God through our obedience, prayer, fasting, and singing. We will worship through cheerful giving for the support of the church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel. We will also worship by remembering our redemption through the regular participation in the Lord’s Supper.
We will devote ourselves to the people of God by meeting together consistently, praying for one another regularly, and serving one another selflessly. In our devotion to God’s people, we will bear each other’s burdens and share in each other’s joys. We will seek unity in all things and will outdo one another in showing honor. Motivated by our love, we will humbly and gently confront one another and will receive correction from one another according to the biblical understanding of church discipline and restoration.
In our devotion to the people of God, we will humbly submit to the leadership of pastors who meet the biblical qualifications and who have been entrusted by God to shepherd, lead, teach and oversee St. Rose Community Church according to the authority of the Word of God and the Spirit of God. We will also affirm deacons who meet the qualifications as servant leaders in the church, as they firmly stand for truth, selflessly serve the church, relentlessly seek unity and consistently emulate Jesus.
In all that we do we seek to accomplish the mission of glorifying God by making disciples of all nations. We believe that every true disciple of Jesus is a disciple maker and we will actively seek ways that God might use us in this mission.
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant us to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together we may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, welcoming one another as Christ has welcomed us, for the glory of God.
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