Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and being in agreement with the values and ideas presented at MGBC, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the Missionary Grove Baptist Church family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following:
1. I will protect the unity of my church:
a. By acting in love toward other members.
b. By refusing to gossip.
c. By following the leaders.
So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up. Romans 14:19 (NLT)
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for follower of Christ Jesus. Romans 15:5 (NLT)
You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart. 1 Peter 1:22 (NLT)
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)
Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit. Hebrews 13:17 (NLT)
2. I will share the responsibility of my church:
a. By praying for its growth.
b. By inviting the unchurched to attend.
c. By warmly welcoming those who visit.
To the church… we always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2 (NIV)
So his master said, “Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.” Luke 14:23 (NLT)
Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. Romans 15:7 (NLT)
3. I will serve the ministry of my church:
a. By discovering my spiritual gift and talents.
b. By being equipped to serve by my pastors.
c. By developing a servant’s heart.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-12 (NLT)
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 Christ Jesus…by taking on the very nature of a servant. Philippians 2:4-5, 7 (NIV)
4. I will support the testimony of my church:
a. By attending church faithfully.
b. By living a Godly life.
c. By giving regularly.
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. Acts 2:42 (NLT)
And let us not neglect our meeting together… but encourage one another... Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)
Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ... Philippians 1:27 (NLT)
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 Corinthians 16:2 (LB)
One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain form the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy. Leviticus 27:30 (NLT)
Membership in this church shall be obtained in one of the following ways:
1. By Profession of Faith and Baptism
2. By receipt of a letter from a church of like faith and order
3. By statement of faith when a letter cannot be obtained. Such a statement must include a testimony of their profession of faith in Christ, their baptism by immersion in a church of like faith and order.
Members as are in full and regular standing, may act and vote in the traditions of the church.
They may also hold any of the elected offices or positions in the church.
Members can be removed from membership by requesting the removal of their names from membership.
Members may be removed from membership if they:
1. Die, or
2. Join another church, or
3. Engage in and refuse to halt any behavior that violates the member covenant.