Updated: Jan 14
Obligation of Gateway Church to Its Members
We covenant that your pastors and deacons will meet the criteria assigned to them in the Scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-13; 5:17-22; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
We covenant to seek God’s will for our church community to the best of our ability as we study the Scriptures and follow the Spirit (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-5).
We covenant to care for you seek your growth as a disciple Christ, in part by equipping you for service (Ephesians 4:11-13) and praying for you regularly.
We covenant to come alongside in aiding the family in ministering to children and students (Deuteronomy 6).
We covenant to provide teaching and counsel from the whole Scripture (Acts 20:27-28; Galatians 6:6; 1 Timothy 5:17-18).
We covenant to be on guard against false teachers (Acts 20:28-31).
We covenant to exercise church discipline when necessary (Matthew 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 5; Galatians 6:1).
We covenant to set an example and join you in fulfilling the expectations of church members (1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:17; 1 Timothy 4:12).
My Obligation to Gateway Church as a Member
I covenant to submit to the authority of the Scriptures as the final authority on all issues (Psalm 119:2; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
I covenant to join in the mission of God at work in the church through making disciples: first in my own home, second in my community, and third around the world (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8).
I covenant to steward the resources God has given me, including time, talents, spiritual gifts and finances. This includes regular financial giving, serving and participating in a community that is sacrificial, cheerful and voluntary (Matthew 25:14-30; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8-9; 1 Peter 4:10-11).
I covenant to refrain from illegal drug use, drunkenness, gossip and other sinful behavior as the Bible dictates (Romans 1:28-32, 13:13; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:18, James 3:31-8).
I covenant to regularly participate in the life of Gateway Church by attending weekly worship gatherings, missional community groups and serving those within and outside of this church (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:23-25; Titus 3:14).
I covenant to pursue the Lord Jesus Christ through regular Bible reading, prayer, fellowship and the practices of spiritual disciplines (Luke 18:1; Acts 17:11; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Ephesians 5:1-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22).
I hereby understand and submit unto the membership responsibilities and will sign and strive to abide-by the Statement of Beliefs of Gateway Church by convent agreement.