Our Membership Covenant
Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and been baptized, and being in agreement with New Hope’s statements, strategy, and structure, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the New Hope church family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following:
I WILL PROTECT THE UNITY OF MY CHURCH
..By acting in love toward other members
So let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of our fellowship together.
Rom. 15:19 (Ph)
Have a sincere love for your fellow believers, love one another earnestly with all your hearts.
1 Peter 1:22 (TEV)
..By refusing to gossip
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs…
..By following the leaders
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 no advantage to you.
I WILL SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MY CHURCH
..By praying for its growth
To the church… we always thank God for you and pray for you constantly.
1 Thess. 1:2
..By inviting the unchurched to attend
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.
Luke 14:23 (NCV)
..By warmly welcoming those who visit
So, warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.
Rom. 15:7 (LB)
I WILL SERVE THE MINISTRY OF MY CHURCH
..By discovering my gifts and talents
Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you…
1 Peter 4:10(Ph)
..By being equipped to serve by my pastors
God gave…some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of ministry, so that the body of Christ may be built up…
..By developing a servant’s heart
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 Jesus Christ…who took on the very nature of a servant…
I WILL SUPPORT THE TESTIMONY OF MY CHURCH
..By attending faithfully
Let us not give up the habit of meeting together…but let us encourage one another.
..By living a godly life
But whatever happens, make sure that your everyday life is worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Phil. 1:27 (Ph)
..By giving regularly
Each one of you, on the first day of each week, should set aside a specific sum of money in proportion to what you have earned and use it for the offering.
1 Cor. 16:2
A tenth of all your produce is the Lord’s, and it is holy.