Covenant of Membership

  1. Defend the gospel

    To work together for the faith of the gospel, striving to defend and declare the truths which we have declared that we believe; dealing appropriately with those who by introducing strange doctrines cause division within the church; not tolerating any attempt to distract the church from the distinctive doctrines upon which it has been established.

    Philippians 1:27: Jude 1:3: Matthew 28:19-20: Acts 20:28-31: 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15: Romans 16:17

  2. Love one another

    To love, honour and submit to one another, humbly putting one another's interests before our own, freely forgiving one another in the Lord, bearing one another's burdens in all things, encouraging one another to good works and seeking constantly the well-being of one another.

    Philippians 2:1-11: Colossians 3:12-15: Galatians 6:1-2: Romans 12:14-16: Hebrews 10:24-25: Ephesians 4:1-6, 25-32

  3. Pray without ceasing

    To persevere in praying for and with one another, using every opportunity to pray together, putting time aside to this end; seeking every blessing from God for one another, but particularly the blessings of perseverance in faith and increase in holiness; praying for the church and its increase, for God's blessing upon its activities and for people of all kinds.

    Acts 12:5,12: 1 Timothy 2:1-8: James 5:16: 1 Thessalonians 5:17: Jude 1:20: Ephesians 6:18-20

  4. Pray for church leaders

    To pray particularly that the Lord will raise up godly leaders among us who will fulfil the qualifications of Scripture; to seek God's blessing on those who are so raised up, honouring and submitting to their decisions in such matters as concern the church, providing that they are made in accordance with the church's constitution and with Scripture.

    1 Timothy 3:1-13: Titus 1:5-9: 1 Timothy 5:17-22: Hebrews 13:17-19: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13: 1 Corinthians 16:15-18

  5. Serve the church

    To use our gifts diligently in the service of the church and under the oversight of the church, not allowing laziness or diffidence to prevent their exercise, nor selfishly seeking prominence and esteem by their use.

    1 Corinthians chapters 12-14: Romans 12:3-8: Acts 13:1-5: Matthew 25:14-30

  6. Financial support of the church

    To give thoughtfully and systematically to the work of the church, putting aside part of our income regularly to support the church and its activities, its ministry, its works of mercy and its missionary endeavour, according as the church has needs.

    2 Corinthians chapters 8-9: 1 Corinthians 16:1-4: 1 Corinthians 9:3-14: 1 Timothy 5:17-18: Philippians 4:10-19: Acts 2:42-45

  7. Submission to discipline

    To acknowledge and submit to the discipline of the church providing that it is according to the pattern taught in Scripture and explained in the rules of the church.

    1 Corinthians 5:1-12: 2 Corinthians 7:8-12: Matthew 18:15-20: 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15: Acts 5:1-

  8. Attendance at the Communion Service

    To meet together often to remember our Lord's death; to break bread according to His commandment thus declaring our unity with one another in His body; to share the cup of the Lord as an expression of our fellowship in the new covenant sealed by His blood.

    1 Corinthians 11:17-34: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17: Acts 2:42-46: Luke 22:7-20

  9. Attendance at church services and church meetings

    To come together at such times as the church resolves as often as possible, in order publicly to worship God and to encourage one another; to be constant and regular in our attendance at these agreed meetings of the church, recognising our responsibility to cleave to, to support, and whenever practicable, to encourage by our presence those to whom we have given ourselves in the fellowship of the gospel and of the church.

    Hebrews 10:19-25: Acts 2:1,46-47: 1 Corinthians 14:23-25