REDEEMER MEMBERSHIP COVENANT
When anyone enters into relationship with God by grace from and faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ, they are entering into two covenants. The first is to journey with God for the rest of their lives and love Him fully. The second is to journey with His other children in the community of the local church. Whether you realized it or not, you entered into covenant with Jesus and simultaneously with the rest of the universal church (all truly converted Christians in the world). To reflect our union with Christ and all Christians, we are called to make a concrete commitment to a group of Christians in our city, with whom we live our faith out together missionally and in covenant with one another. Your membership in a church is an official recognition of this, and the purposes of the Redeemer Membership Covenant are:
- To join the Spirit in forming authentic community that reflects the relationship between the Father, Son, and Spirit.
- To clarify the ongoing blessings and responsibilities of each member.
- To encourage consistency, accountability, and loving unity within the church family.
- To accomplish God’s call for the Redeemer church family.
This covenant does not imply that you will never fall short of the goals, but that the desire of your heart is to fulfill each of the responsibilities stated to the best of your ability. We trust that your commitment will be a personal blessing to your own journey in Christ, as well as a blessing to those around you.
Redeemer’s Covenant to You
With the help of the Holy Spirit, the church leadership covenants the following:
- We covenant to lovingly care for you and seek your growth in Christ (Hebrews 13:17; I Thessalonians 5:12).
- We covenant to provide teaching and counsel from the Scriptures (Galatians 6:6; I Timothy 5:17–18).
- We covenant that this teaching will span the whole counsel of God’s Word (Acts 20:27–28).
- We covenant to help you in times of need (Acts 2:42–47, 4:32–35; James 2:14–17).
- We covenant that your elders and deacons will meet the criteria assigned to them in the Scriptures (I Timothy 3:1–13; 5:17–22; Titus 1:5–9; I Peter 5:1–4)
- We covenant to pray for you regularly, particularly when you are sick (James 5:14).
- We covenant to be on guard against false teachers (Acts 20:28–31).
- We covenant to exercise church discipline when necessary (Matthew 18:15–20; I Corinthians 5; Galatians 6:1).
- We covenant to help you become equipped to serve Christ (Ephesians 4:11–13).
- We covenant to seek God’s will for our church community to the best of our ability as we study the Scriptures and follow the Spirit (Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:1–5).
- We covenant to set an example and join you in fulfilling the duties of church members (I Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:17; I Timothy 4:12).
- We covenant to be good stewards and managers of the resources of this church (Acts 11:29-30; II Thessalonians 3:10-12).
Redeemer Member Covenant
I am a Christian who has been saved from my sins by the grace of Jesus Christ through faith. I have accepted His gift of salvation, bought by His death on the cross, as He endured the punishment for my sins, and His resurrection, by which I am assured of eternal life (John 3:16–18; Romans 3:23–26). In obedience to Scripture, I have been baptized after I became a believer in Jesus Christ as evidence and testimony of my commitment to be His disciple (Colossians 2:12; I Peter 3:21). I have read and understood the Redeemer doctrinal statement, and I agree wholeheartedly with its teaching. In addition, I commit to not be divisive on any items in Redeemer’s Elder Statement or other secondary issues, but to purposefully seek unity in the body. I also understand the importance of submission to church leadership, and I will be diligent to preserve unity and peace and prevent gossip and relational discord (Ephesians 4:1–3; Hebrews 13:7, 17).
With the guiding help of the Holy Spirit, I, the undersigned, publicly proclaim the following:
- As an individual (and family unit, if applicable), I will seek to maintain a close relationship with the Lord Jesus. This will be accomplished through study of the Scripture, prayer, practice of other spiritual disciplines, and family worship (Psalm 119:97, Ephesians 6:4). As I walk with the Lord, I will strive to grow in holiness and reflect Christ-likeness in all areas of my life, my character, and my actions.
- I will attend Redeemer worship services regularly and maintain regular participation in a Gospel Community or its equivalent (Psalm 105:1–2; Acts 2:42–47; Hebrews 10:23–25, Ephesians 5:19-21).
- I will give money cheerfully, voluntarily, and generously to Redeemer as we seek to expand the kingdom of God together (2 Corinthians 8–9, James 2:14-17).
- I will share my life and faith with those around me and participate in God’s global purposes (Matthew 9:37-38, Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 10:11-15, Philemon 6).
- I will volunteer my time to help Redeemer execute worship services and/or its ministries (Ephesians 5:21, Mark 10:45, Philippians 2:5-7).
- I will follow the biblical procedures of church discipline regarding my brothers and sisters in Christ, and to submit myself to church discipline if the need should ever arise (Matthew 18:15–17; 1 Corinthians 5:1–5; 2 Corinthians 2:5–8).
I want to join with the other members of Redeemer and I commit my life, abilities and resources to help with the purpose of Redeemer Church. I will consider my commitment to this Membership Covenant on a yearly basis via the re-covenant process. My responsibility will be to notify the Redeemer leadership if, at any time, I can no longer commit to this covenant or if I have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding Redeemer Church.