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MVCC's Covenant of Fellowship

 

a) Having been led by God the Holy Spirit by grace alone to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord by faith alone to God's glory alone, and

b) Calling Meadow Valley Community Church (MVCC) my church home by uniting in the worship, fellowship, and testimony of this portion of Christ's spiritual body, and

c) Having read the statement of doctrine of MVCC, and acknowledging it to be the basis of its belief and teaching,

     I therefore, by the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, covenant with others in this church to strive toward living out the following principles:

1) Christian love - To walk together in brotherly love (Rom. 12:10-13; 1 Pet. 4:8), as becomes followers of

Christ (John 13:34-35). We endeavor to exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other

out of a gratitude for Christ's sacrificial love for us (1 Jn. 4:11, 19). We agree to faithfully admonish and

entreat one another to obey and serve the Lord Jesus Christ in a spirit of humility (Gal. 6:1-2).

2) Church Attendance - To regularly and faithfully assemble together (Heb. 10:23-25) to hear the preaching of the Bible, worship God in corporate singing, participate in genuine Christian fellowship and prayer (Acts 2:42).

3) Relationships - To rejoice with one another's joys and bear one another's burdens (Gal. 6:2) and sorrows with tenderness and sympathy (Eph. 4:32). We endeavor to be slow to take offense and quick to forgive and seek forgiveness (Rom. 12:9-21; James 1:19-20; Prov. 16:32).

4) Service - To assist, as the Lord enables, in the work of the church, and to promote its usefulness as a witness to the saving grace of God in Christ Jesus (Gal. 5:13). We endeavor to guard the spiritual and biblical purity, peace, and prosperity of the church and its growth in biblical knowledge and godliness (1 Tim 3:14-17; 2 Pet. 3:17-18).

5) Obedience - To live carefully in the world (Eph. 5:15-21) in awe and reverence of God (Ps. 147:11), denying ungodliness and worldly lusts (1 Jn. 2:15-17). We accept the special obligation to lead a new and holy life pleasing to the Lord (Eph. 4:17) as one who has died with Christ and been raised with Him (Rom. 6:1-7)

6) Giving - To contribute cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7) and regularly to the financial support of the church (Lk. 12:33-34), the relief of the poor (2 Cor. 8:1-5; 9:13-15), and the spread of the gospel to all nations to the praise of His glory (Acts 13:1-3).

7) Personal Devotion - To engage in regular and faithful personal study of the Bible (2 Tim. 3:14-17) and prayer (1Th. 5:17; Eph. 6:18) in order to remain close and faithful to God who is the strength of our hearts and our portion forever (Ps. 73-25-28).

8) Family - To bring up our children and those who may be in our care in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Col. 3:18-21; Eph. 6:4; Deut. 6:4-7) and, by a pure and loving example, to seek the salvation of our family and friends (1 Th. 2:8-9; 1 Pet. 3:1).

9) Pastoral Leadership - To support and pray for MVCC's pastoral leadership (Heb. 13:17) in their role as under shepherds in the worship, instruction, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines of the church (Acts 20:28-32) as those accountable to the Great Shepherd of our souls (1 Pet. 5:1-4).