Decatur Bible Church Membership Covenant

To make a covenant is to commit to a course of action. The membership covenant is a commitment to God to live in obedience to Scripture’s teaching concerning the church. The membership covenant clearly establishes the teaching and basis for members of the church encouraging, edifiying, exhorting and admonishing one another towards growth in Christ.  

Decatur Bible Church Membership Covenant

Having repented of my sin and placed my faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, having been baptized as a believer, and being in agreement with Decatur Bible’s Doctrinal Statement, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to commit my walk to the Decatur Bible Church family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following:

 

I WILL SEEK TO WORSHIP GOD IN ALL THINGS…

  • By pursuing the Lord Jesus Christ through regular Bible reading, prayer and practice of spiritual disciplines (Lk 18:1, Acts 17:11, 1 Cor 9:24-27, Eph 5:1-21, 1 Thess 5:12-22)
  • By being equipped to serve and share by my pastors and teachers (Eph 4:11-13, 2 Tim 2:15, 3:16-17)
  • By imparting the Word and my life through service and discipleship to the body, and evangelization of the lost (Matt 28:19-20; 1 Thess 2:8; 2 Tim 2:2)

 

I WILL PURSUE BIBLICAL FELLOWSHIP WITH THE BODY…

  • By showing my commitment to Christ and His church through being with the body when it gathers for Sunday worship, being pastored by a Small Group, and regularly gathering with other believers for growth and accountability in Christ. (Acts 2:42-47, Tit 3:14; Heb 10:23-25)
  • By giving regularly of my time, talent and treasure (Matt 25:14-30, Rom 12:1-2; 1 Cor 16:1-2; 2 Cor 8-9; 1 Pet 4:10-11)
  • By repenting and confessing my sin to God and fellow believers (Jas 5:126; 1 Jn 1:9)
  • By acting in love toward other members, being willing to die to myself and my preferences, bearing one another’s burdens and rejoicing with those who rejoice (Jn 13:34-35; Rom 12:15; 1 Cor 15:31; Gal 5:13; Eph 4:2; 1 The 5:13; Heb 10:24)
  • By forgiving one another as God has forgiven us (Matt 6:14-15; 18:21; Eph 4:32; Col 3:13)
  • By admonishing the unruly, encouraging the fainthearted, helping the weak, and receiving the same with humility and graciousness (Phil 2:3-8; Col 1:28; 1 The 5:14; 2 Tim 4:2)
  • By refusing to gossip (Pro 20:19; Eph 4:29; 1 Tim 3:11, 5:13; Tit 2:3)
  • By following the leaders (Act 20:28; Heb 13:17)
  • By praying for its spiritual growth, its leaders and others in the body (Eph 6:18-19; Col 1:9; 1 The 5:17, 25; 2 The 3:1; 2 Tim 2:8; Heb 13:18)
  • By rearing our children and those in our care in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Pro 22:6; Eph 6:4)
  • By submitting myself to church discipline should the need arise (Matt 18:15-18; Gal 6:1; Tit 3:10-11)

 

I WILL COMMIT TO SHARING CHRIST WITH OTHERS…

  • By living a godly life, taking seriously the responsibility of Christian freedom, especially actions or situations that could present a stumbling block to another (Eph 1:4, 1 Cor 8:1-13, 10:23, 31; 1 Pet 1:14-16)
  • By warmly welcoming those who visit and by showing Christian hospitality (Rom 12:13; 1 Tim 5:10; Heb 13:2; 1 Pet 4:9)
  • By regularly sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ with others (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15) 

 

The undersigned elders, having received testimony concerning the individual’s conversion and continuing faith in Christ, covenant to promote the new member’s growth in Christ by ensuring sound instruction from the Word of God (2 Tim 4:2),  spiritual pastoring by shepherd-leaders (1 Pet 5:2), exhortation and equipping unto Christian service (Gal 5:13), and accountability according to the teaching of Scripture (Eph 4:15).