Covenant of Fellowship
Members of Community Bible Church to one another
Though Christianity is certainly personal, it is not private. Following Jesus is, by definition, a corporate experience. Our covenant is the commitment that we make to one another as fellow members of Community Bible Church.
Our members covenant:
- to walk together in Christian love (John 13:34-35; Ephesians 4:1-2);
- to be eager to maintain the unity of the church (John 17:20-23; Romans 15:5-7; Ephesians 4:1-6; Philippians 4:2-3);
- to care for and watch over one another (Galatians 6:1-2; Colossians 1:28; 1 Thessalonians 5:14);
- to share our burdens, sorrows, and joys with each other (Romans 12:9-21);
- to be slow to take offense, quick to forgive, and relentless in pursuing reconciliation (Matthew 18:15-35; Romans 12:18; Colossians 3:12-15; James 1:19);
- to be diligent in attending the Sunday worship gathering (Exodus 20:8-11; Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25);
- to contribute to the financial support of the church (1 Corinthians 9:8-14; Romans 12:13; Galatians 6:6; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17);
- to pray for the members of Community Bible Church (Romans 12:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:17);
- to engage regularly in personal Bible reading and study (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 1; 119; 2 Timothy 3:16-17);
- to bring up our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 6:4);
- to turn from all sin and to live God-honoring lives (Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 5:1-21; Titus 2:11-14);
- to be intentional in sharing the gospel with those around us (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 2:9-10).
Elders to the members of Community Bible Church
As shepherds and overseers of a local church, elders are entrusted with protecting, leading, equipping, and caring for the corporate church body and her individual members. The following is an overview of the requirements and commitments of the elders of this church.
Our elders covenant:
- to appoint elders and deacons in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4);
- to care for the church and seek her growth in grace, truth, and love (Matthew 28:16-20; Ephesians 4:15-16; Colossians 1:28; James 5:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4);
- to provide teaching and counsel from the whole of Scripture (Acts 20:27-28; 1 Timothy 4:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Titus 2:1);
- to equip the members of the church for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16);
- to be on guard against false teachers and false teaching (Matthew 7:15; Acts 20:28-31; 1 Timothy 3:3-7; 1 John 4:1);
- to lovingly exercise discipline when necessary, for the glory of God, the good of the one disciplined, and the health of the church as a whole (Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20);
- to set an example of faithful, mature discipleship (1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:17; 1 Timothy 4:12).