Home Church Membership Covenant
As a people saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, we give our lives to God, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, relying on the Holy Spirit, joyfully covenant with each other:
We will work and pray for unity in the church through the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 1:10 “Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, that there be no divisions among you, and that you be united with the same understanding and the same conviction.”
Ephesians 4:11-13 “And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness.”
We will walk together in brotherly/sisterly love, care for and watch over each other, and faithfully correct and guide one another.
John 13:35 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, 25 not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.”
James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.”
I will commit to joining a Home Group.
I will intentionally look for individuals in my Home Group to keep me accountable and to grow together. I will humbly accept correction from my brothers and sisters in Christ and with gentleness, wisdom, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, speak out against sin done against me and outright sin within the church.
We will commit to gather together regularly through Sunday worship, Home Groups, and discipleship relationships, and pray for ourselves and one another.
Acts 2:42-47 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. 44 Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. 45 They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.”
We will seek the salvation of our family and friends by pursuing them with love, persuading them with the gospel, and praying for God to save.
1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”
Mark 16:15 “Then he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.”
We will rejoice at each other's happiness and strive with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other's burdens and sorrows.
Colossians 3:12-14 “Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. 14 Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.”
We will seek, by God’s help, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remembering that, as we have been voluntarily buried by baptism and raised again from the symbolic grave, so there is on us a special obligation now to lead a new and holy life.
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Luke 9:23 “Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
We will work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are different ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are different activities, but the same God produces each gift in each person. 7 A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good: 8 to one is given a message of wisdom through the Spirit, to another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit, 9 to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another, the performing of miracles, to another, prophecy, to another, distinguishing between spirits, to another, different kinds of tongues, to another, interpretation of tongues. 11 One and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each person as he wills.
I will commit to serve in at least one Home Team.
We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Now about the collection for the saints: Do the same as I instructed the Galatian churches. 2 On the first day of the week, each of you is to set something aside and save in keeping with how he is prospering, so that no collections will need to be made when I come.
2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver.”
I will give cheerfully, in proportion to what I have, and regularly in support of the ministry and mission of Home Church.
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.
Philippians 1:3-5 “I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, 4 always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.