Membership Covenant

I like this church membership covenant used by Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, AL.

God, by His grace alone, has led me to repent of my sin and believe upon Jesus Christ, trusting Him alone as my Savior and Lord. As one who has been baptized as a believer in Christ, I desire to unite with this church family. Therefore, I enter into a covenantal relationship with the members of this church. In humble reliance upon the Holy Spirit, I endeavor to do the following:

  • To faithfully attend the church’s worship services. (Acts 2:42; Heb. 10:25),
  • To diligently guard the truth, upholding the standard of sound words recorded in Scripture (1 Tim. 3:15; 1 Tim. 6:3-4,20; 2 Tim. 1:13-14; 2 Tim. 2:14-15, 2 Tim. 24-26; 2 Tim. 4:3-4)
  • To wholeheartedly support, love, and care for the church’s ministries and members, offering:
    • my prayers (2 Cor. 13:9; Eph. 1:15-20; Eph 3:14-21; Eph 6:18; Phil. 1:3-6; Phil 9-11; Col. 1:3-12; Col. 4:2-6; 1 Thes. 1:2-4; 1 Thes. 5:17; 1 Pet. 1:22)
    • my financial gifts (Lev. 27:30; Mal. 3:10; Mat. 23:23; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; 1 Tim. 5:17-18)
    • my service (Eph. 4:11-16; Titus 2:11-14; Heb. 10:24; 1 Peter 2:5,9,12; 1 Peter 4:10; Jude 17-21; 1 Cor. 1:30-31; 1 Cor. 12:4-11,25-26; Ezek. 36:23 b)
  • To boldly witness for the Lord Jesus Christ, living a transformed life and sharing the gospel as God gives opportunity (Mat. 4:19; Mat. 28:19; Acts 1:8; Acts 5:42; 1 Pet. 3:15)
  • To actively pursue personal holiness before God, loving others as Christ has loved us.(2 Cor. 7:1; 1 Thes. 4:7; 1 Pet 1:15-16; 1 Jn. 3:3; Jn. 13:34-35)
  • To diligently promote the unity of the church, being a peacemaker with all in the body of Christ (Mat. 5:9; 23-26; Rom 12:18-21; Rom. 14:19; Eph. 4:1-3; Phil. 2:1-4; Col. 3:12-14; 2 Tim. 2:22; Heb 12:14)
  • To respectfully follow the leaders of this church, trusting and supporting their leadership (1 Thes. 5:12-13; 1 Tim. 5:17-20; Heb. 13:7,17)
  • To humbly submit to the church’s discipline, graciously repenting when approached about personal sin, and lovingly restoring others who become entangled in sin (Mat. 18:15-20; 1 Cor. 5:6-13; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; Gal. 6:1; 1 Thes. 5:14-15; 2 Thes. 3:5-6; Eph. 4:29; Phil. 2:14).

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Membership Covenants

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