Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and having been baptized, and being in agreement with CBC’s statement of faith and mission statement, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the CBC church family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the others within this church family to do the following:
- I will protect the unity of my church by acting in love toward others in our fellowship, by refusing to spread gossip, and by following the example of its leadership as they follow Christ.
- 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.
- I will support the testimony of my church by attending faithfully, by living a godly life, by giving regularly toward its support.
- I will serve in the ministry of my church as I discover my gifts and talents with the help of its leadership, and by developing a servant’s heart.
I will protect the unity of my church by acting in love toward others in our Fellowship, by refusing to spread gossip, and by following the example of its leadership as they follow Christ.
- Acting in love:
- Love one another, as I have loved you… John 13:34; Let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, … Live in harmony with each other … Have a sincere love…1Pet 3:8
- If you commit to worshiping and serving Christ in this church, you’re going to find out very quickly that it is filled with human beings – imperfect human beings. You’re not going to like everyone that is a part of this church, but you need to love them! That’s the commitment. If you aren’t willing to love the members of this body then you have a serious problem. You won’t be comfortable here.
- Refusing to spread gossip:
- Don’t let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths but only what builds up others. Eph. 4:29
- What destroys churches more than anything else is gossip. People who gossip are neither part of the problem, nor part of the solution, they’re just talking about it, and they usually end up making the problem worse. When you share information about a problem, beyond those immediately involved, you are gossiping. The Bible calls this sin. If you commit to our fellowship, you promise not to gossip. Gossip and complaining has probably been the cause of more church splits throughout history than any other single cause. Instead of giving Satan a foothold in our fellowship, if you have a problem with another person, you should commit to the following:
- 1. You will go directly to that person and talk to them – in a loving manner. You will not talk to someone else about it.
- 2. If this doesn’t help, or you feel uncomfortable doing so, you will call one of the elders — our phone numbers are in the directory — and ask for our assistance in dealing with it.
- Following the example of its leadership as they follow Christ:
- Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Heb. 13:17, NIV.
- All those who are involved in church leadership bear a very important responsibility. The Bible says that one day we will stand before the Lord and will give an account of how well we helped you grow spiritually if you choose to become committed to this flock. We do not take that responsibility lightly. Not just what we teach or the guidance we give, but the example of our lives is important. If you choose to say, I’m going to place myself in this family under the guidance and leadership of its elders, one day we will have to report to the Lord on the job we’ve done in helping you grow. Please pray for your leaders. The responsibility of this church body is more than we can handle, without the help of Jesus Christ and your prayer support.
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.
- The difference between being someone who attends and being committed is like being on a cruise. If you just attend you’re simple coming along for the ride. If you’re committed, you’re actually a crew member. When you commit yourself to this church body, it’s your job to reach out and invite others along to meet Christ themselves so that they can become part of God’s family. Pray for the growth of this body.
- It’s important that visitors who come to our church are greeted warmly and have their hand shaken. When this happens before they even enter the service, they’ll think, “This is a friendly church!” Just a simple “Hi! It’s nice to see you” goes a long way.
- Come early and meet people when they arrive. Look for new faces or people you haven’t spoken with before. All you need to do is smile and be friendly. Tell people that you’re glad they came and hope they enjoy worshiping together with us. It will give you a specific ministry, and you’ll actually meet and get to know some people.
I will support the testimony of my church by attending faithfully, by living a godly life, by giving regularly toward its support.
- We are not “lone rangers.” We need the encouragement and fellowship of others to grow in our walk with the Lord. We view being part of a small group as a critical aspect of this. Through study, fellowship and prayer in a more intimate relationship with other believers, the Holy Spirit can confront areas of our lives that need change and we can encourage and support each other in this process.
- And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24, 25, NIV).
- Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1, 2, NIV).
- Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Luke 6:38, NIV).
I will serve in the ministry of my church as I discover my gifts and talents with the help of its leadership, and by developing a servant’s heart.
- God has a purpose for each of us in His Kingdom. We have a responsibility to discover ways the we can serve Him with the particular skills and gifts He has given us. Take the initiative to investigate ways that you can participate in ministries already in place – don’t wait for people to come to you! Are there things that God has laid on your heart that aren’t being done? Are there others who are interested in the same work? Pray for guidance, and present your ideas to the appropriate leadership – elders, deacons or deaconesses.
- For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10, NIV).
- It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and 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 Ephesians 4:11, 12, NIV