TCBC’s New Membership Covenant

We voted unanimously yesterday to adopt a new Membership Covenant for Tri-County Bible Church, one on which we’ve worked for a long time and which we believe accurately represents our Body and the Scripture’s teaching on the responsibilities of local church members. It especially magnifies the saving, sustaining, enabling work of Christ as the basis of the work of the Christian. May the Lord receive great glory through His church as we so labor together (Ephesians 3:20-21).

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Membership Covenant

Having been brought by God’s sovereign grace to turn from our sin and trust in our Savior, Jesus Christ; having identified with Him by believer’s baptism; and having entered into membership with this assembly as a sacred fellowship; we, the members of Tri-County Bible Church, do solemnly and joyfully renew our covenant with one another:

We will exalt the Lord by honoring His Word as our only rule of faith and practice; by worshiping Him thoughtfully, fervently, and sincerely; by attending services faithfully, especially honoring the Lord’s Day; by supporting His work through this Body with joyful, consistent, and generous offerings; by cheerfully submitting to those whom He has placed in spiritual leadership; by defending the faith when it is threatened and making it the basis of all fellowship; and by continually growing in grace and in the knowledge our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We will evangelize the lost by being faithful and eager witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ among our family and friends; by praying and laboring for the cause of world evangelization; by maintaining an exemplary testimony in our conduct and spirit; by bringing up our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, praying for their conversions and sending them out from our homes and assembly as mature disciples and evangelists; and by promoting a culture of Gospel grace in which every believer is mindful of his sin and Savior and every unbeliever is lovingly and patiently pointed to Jesus Christ.

We will edify the church by exercising our gifts and abilities in every member ministry; by teaching each other the Scriptures; by provoking each other to love and good works; by remembering each other in prayer; by caring for each other in need; by permitting each other to differ in matters not addressed in our Doctrinal Statement and in matters of conscience; by refraining from gossip and rivalry; by being slow to take offense and quick to forgive; by endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace; and by magnifying the Gospel as the only power for Christian living.

We recognize that our obedience will be imperfect until we see our Lord Jesus. We yet recognize that we are forgiven through Christ’s sacrifice and are commanded to progress in godliness by the power of His indwelling Spirit. We therefore commit ourselves to these and all other Christian duties in order that we might be to the praise of His glory.

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5 Responses

  1. this looks very nice. I would be curious to know what your former covenant looked like. perhaps you could post that and explain why the changes? Or maybe that would be too much to tackle in a blog like this. I would be content with a private email, too. Thanks for your concern about thoughtful, purposeful worship and encouraging every member ministry. May God continue to bless you.

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  3. It’s great that the responsibilities of church membership are formalized like this! It’s a weighty thing to join a church.

    Our new member covenant includes a promise to submit to church discipline as well. People don’t join lightly!

  4. Taigen, sorry for the delay in responding. I’ll probably not post the previous statement. However, the basic intent of this was to have a statement that better matched our heartbeat, emphasized God’s grace in enabling our obedience, and provided a help to members in their progressive sanctification. Previously, we had required people to measure up in a few particular (and arbitrary) areas. But because we see membership in the local church as so essential to NT Christianity, we’ve essentially said “Grow as a member of our Body, not in order to be welcomed by our Body.” I think it’s a significant difference. And the Lord is doing it, delivering people from besetting sins. It’s a joy to behold.

  5. “Grow as a member of our Body, not in order to be welcomed by our Body.”

    That’s a great statement Chris. It reminds me of a sermon I listened to today that emphasizes the need for patience in pastoral ministry. The pastor said that God’s view of growth is more like a garden (which takes time and has seasons), whereas we prefer to view growth as a technology (which happens instantaneously).

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