The CrossLife Partnership Covenant
Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and having followed in Believer’s Baptism, and being in agreement with CrossLife’s statements, strategy and structure, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the CrossLife church family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other partners to do the following:
|I. I will protect the unity of my church|
…By acting in love toward other partners
“So let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of our fellowship together.” Rom. 15:19 (Ph)
“Live in complete harmony with each other — each with the attitude of Christ toward each other.” Rom 15:5 (LB)
“Have a sincere love for your fellow believers, love one another earnestly with all your hearts.” 1 Peter 1:22 (GN)
…By refusing to gossip
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of our mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs…” Eph. 4:29
…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.” Heb. 13:17
|II. 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
“Go out into the country…and urge anyone you find to come in, so that My House will be full.” Luke 14:23 (LB)
…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)
|III. 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…” Eph. 4:11-12
…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…” Phil 2:3-4, 7
|IV. 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.” Heb. 10:25
…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 you produce is the Lord’s, and it is holy.” Lev. 27:30
Being that a covenant relationship is between two parties the Church body will commit itself to the following:
The church will nurture and love the partner: The Church will nurture and love the partner seeking to develop the partner as a fully devoted follower of Christ.
… By loving you
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
John 15:12 (NIV)
… By teaching the Word of God
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Acts 2:42 (NIV)
… By lovingly holding one accountable who sins
Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
… By assisting you in times of need
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.
If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
James 2:14-17 (NIV)
… By praying for you
Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
James 5:14 (NIV)
Furthermore I have completed the Discovering Church Partnership Class and been in faithful attendance at CrossLife for three months.
Date: _____________ Name: __________________________________________
Pastors Signature: _______________________________________________