Elder’s Commitment to the Reverb Church Body
As shepherds and overseers of a local church, elders are entrusted with protecting, leading, equipping and caring for the corporate church body and her individual members. In addition to the Membership Covenant, the Elders carry these responsibilities.
As Elders, we covenant…
to act as guardians of our Vision, Mission, Values, and Doctrine
to appoint elders and deacons according to the criteria assigned to them in the Scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
to prayerfully seek God’s will for our church community to the best of our ability based on our study of the Scriptures and following of the Spirit (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
to steward Reverb Church’s resources to the best of our ability based on our study of the Scriptures and following of the Spirit (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
to care for the church and seek her growth in grace, truth and love (Matthew 28:16-20; Ephesians 4:15-16,Colossians 1:28; James 5:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
to provide preaching, teaching, and counsel from the whole of Scripture (Acts 20:27-28; 1 Timothy 4:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Titus 2:1).
to equip the members of the church for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16).
to be on guard against false teachers and teachings (Matthew 7:15; Acts 20:28-31; 1 Timothy 1:3-7; 1 John 4:1).
to lovingly exercise discipline when necessary, for the glory of God, the good of the one disciplined and the health of the church as a whole (Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20).
to set an example and join members in fulfilling the obligations of church membership stated in the Membership Covenant (Philippians 3:17; 1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 2:7-8; 1 Peter 5:3).
to exercise church discipline when necessary (Matt. 18:15–20; 1 Cor. 5; Gal. 6:1).
Members Commitment to Jesus Christ and Reverb Church
Life as a Member of Reverb Church “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.” Romans 12:3–8 As those who have experienced the grace of a life changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have the opportunity to reflect the character of Christ through the pursuit of certain attitudes and actions and the rejection of others. The Scriptures refer to this reality as “living by the Spirit” (Romans 8). The requirements of this membership/accountability covenant are in no way intended as an addition to the biblical obligations of a believer. Rather, this document serves as an overview of what the Scriptures teach about the obedience that faith produces.
As a Member I covenant… to submit to the authority of the 66 Books in the Holy Bible as the final authority on all issues (Psalm 119; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
to pursue the Lord Jesus Christ through regular Bible reading, prayer, breaking of bread, and fellowship. (Acts 2:42-43) (Luke 18:1; Acts 17:11; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Ephesians 5:1-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22).
to follow the command and example of Jesus by participating in the ordinances prescribed to His Church:
by being baptized after my conversion.
by examining myself and celebrating the person and work of Christ through communion.
to fulfill the Great Commission as described in Matthew 28:16-19
to regularly participate in the life of Reverb Church by attending weekly services, engaging in gospel-centered community and serving those within and outside of this church (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:23-25; Titus 3:14).
to steward the resources God has given me, including time, talents, spiritual gifts and finances. This includes regular financial giving, service and participation in community that is sacrificial, cheerful and voluntary (Matthew 25:14-30; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8-9).
by God’s grace and through the power of the Holy Spirit, I will strive to walk in holiness in all areas of life as an act of worship to Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13-16. 1 Peter 4:1-3).
I will practice complete chastity before marriage and complete fidelity in heterosexual marriage by abstaining from practices such as cohabitation, homosexuality, pornography, and fornication (Job 31:1; Prov. 5; Rom. 13:12–14; 1 Cor. 6:9–7:16; Heb. 13:4);
I will refrain from illegal drug use, drunkenness, and other sinful behavior as the Bible, my pastors, and my conscience dictate (1 Cor. 8:7; Gal. 5:19–21).
I will seek to preserve the covenant of marriage and agree to walk through the steps of marriage reconciliation at Reverb Church before considering divorce from my spouse (Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12;Luke 16:18; 1 Corinthians 7:10-11; for the role of the church in the process of divorce, see Paul’s concern for the resolution of legal matters within the assembly of the church in 1 Corinthians 6).
to take seriously the responsibility of Christian freedom, especially actions or situations that could present a stumbling block to another (1 Corinthians 8:1-13 & Romans 14:14-23).
to submit to the discipline of God through His Holy Spirit by: following the biblical procedures for church discipline where sin is evident in another – the hope of such discipline being repentance and restoration. receiving righteous and loving discipline when approached biblically by fellow believers (Psalm 141:5; Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; Hebrews 12:5-11).
to do the following when I sin : confess my sin to God and to fellow believers . repent and seek help to put my sin to death (Romans 8:13;Colossians 3:5; James 5:16; 1 John 1:6-10).
to submit to the spiritual authority of the elders and other appointed leaders of the church and diligently strive for unity and peace within the church (Ephesians 4:1-3;Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:5).
to do the following should I leave the church for righteous reasons: to notify one of Reverb Church’s elders. to seek another church with which I can carry out my biblical responsibilities as a believer.