Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and been baptized, and being in agreement with North Center's purposes, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the North Center family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following:
I. I WILL PROTECT THE UNITY OF MY CHURCH
I will protect the unity of my church
...by acting in love toward the other members
...by refusing to gossip
...by honoring those with leadership responsibilities
...by forgiving one another, as the Lord forgives us
Romans 14:19 TLB - In this way aim for harmony in the church, and try to build each other up.
1 Peter 1:22 TEV - Have a sincere love for other believers, love one another earnestly with all your heart.
Ephesians 4:29 NIV - Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs...
Hebrews 13:17 NIV - Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will
be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.
II. I WILL SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MY CHURCH
I will share the responsibility of my church
...by praying for its growth
...by inviting the unchurched to attend
...by warmly welcoming those who visit
1 Thessalonians 1:1-2 TLB - To the church.... We always thank God for you and pray for you constantly.
Luke 14:23 NCV - The master said to the servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes, and urge the people there to come so my house will be full...'
Romans 15:7 TLB - So warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.
III. I WILL SERVE THE MINISTRY OF MY CHURCH
I will serve the ministry of my church
...by discovering my gifts and talents
...by being equipped and serving in at least one ministry position
...by developing a servant's heart
1 Peter 4:10 PHILLIPS - Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you.
Ephesians 4:11-12 NIV - God] gave ... some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up...
Philippians 2:4-7 NIV - Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who ... took on] the very nature of a servant...
IV. I WILL SUPPORT THE TESTIMONY OF MY CHURCH
I will support the testimony of my church*
...by attending faithfully
...by living a godly life*
...by giving regularly
Hebrews 10:25 NIV - Let us not give up meeting together ... but let us encourage one another...
Philippians 1:27 NIV - Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
1 Corinthians 16:2 TLB - On every Lord's Day each of you should put aside something from what you have earned during the week, and use it for this offering.
Malachi 3:10 NCV - Bring ... a full tenth of what you earn ... "Test me in this," says the LORD All-Powerful. "I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out all the blessings you need..."
Leviticus 27:30 TLB - A tenth of the produce ... is the Lord's, and is holy.
* IMPORTANT NOTE: People involved in sexual immorality (having sexual relations outside of marriage, living together without being married, etc.) and people with life styles that involve heavy drinking or drunkenness and other practices that are disobedient to the teachings of the Bible cannot become members of North Center Baptist Church. By signing this covenant you are indicating that you are not involved in any of these practices or lifestyles.