Having been led by the grace of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior, and having been baptized by immersion, I am now led by the Holy Spirit to unite in membership with the Harvest Baptist Church family. In doing so, I joyfully and earnestly pledge to uphold these Biblical standards:
I. that I will strive to protect and promote the unity of my church
…by acting in brotherly love towards others
Eph 4:1-3 …I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.
…by being slow to take offense and quick to seek reconciliation
James 1:19-20 …Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
…by lovingly confronting and correcting for the purpose of restoration
Mat 18:15-17 If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
…by refusing to gossip or slander
Eph 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
…by being submissive to the authority of the church leadership
Heb 13:17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
II. that I will support the outreach of my church
…by personally sharing the message of salvation with family, friends, acquaintances and neighbors
Mat 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirity, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
…by inviting people to attend and bringing them with me to church
Luke 14:23 Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.’
…by warmly welcoming all whom visit
James 2:2-4 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there”, or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
…by teaching my children about the Lord
Eph 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
…by faithfully giving my tithes and offerings to support the ministries of my church
Mal 3:8-10 “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings… Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
III. that I will serve in the ministries of my church
…by discovering and utilizing my spiritual gifts and God given talents
1 Peter 4:10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
…by developing a servant’s heart
Phil 2:3-7 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 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: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
…by allowing myself to be equipped for service
Eph 4:11-12 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.
…by maintaining a joyful attitude in my service
Phil 2:14-15 Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, which you shine like stars in the universe.
…by remaining steadfast in my service
1 Cor 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
IV. that I will uphold the testimony of my church
…by living a spririt-filled and Spirit-controlled life
Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
…by resisting ungodly practices and worldy passions
Rom 13:13-14 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
…by forsaking personal liberty so as not to place a stumbling block before others
Rom 14:21-22 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall. So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.
…by living a godly life before the unsaved
Mat 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
…by being honest and above reproach in my dealings with others
James 5:12 Above all, my brothers, do not swear–not be heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned
V. that I will grow and mature in my personal walk with my Savior
…by striving to live according to God’s will for my life
1 Pet 4:2 As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
…by developing and maintaining regular times of prayer
Eph 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
…by developing and maintaining regular times of personal Bible study
Acts 17:11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character… for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day…
…by faithfully attending my church for the purpose of worhip, prayer, communion and fellowship
Heb 10:25 Let us not give 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.
…by holding fast to the teaching of God’s Word
2 Tim 3:14-17 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.