Grace Tabernacle
Friday, June 23, 2017
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Changing Your Home Church

 

 

1. Only leave a church because God has given you a definite release and direction. Be sure you move in the timing of the Lord.
People are called to a local church body as members in particular.
Don’t be AWOL. (1 Cor. 12:12-27; Acts 13:1-3)

2. Never leave a church because of an offense or hurt. Go through the proper channels to try to heal and restore relationships.
(Matt. 18:15-17)

3. It is never right to divide a church. If you feel there is something wrong or out of order, first pray and ask God to reveal your own heart motivations.
Let repentance start there first if necessary. Next, pray for the leadership. Cover them, love them, support them. Then, with God’s direction,
go to the leader in a spirit of humility and love and share what God has given you. (1 Peter 4:8; James 3:13-18; 1 Cor. 1:10-11; 3:1-4; Titus 3:9-11; 1 Samuel 26:8-11)

4. If God has given you a definite release from the church, go to the pastor or elders and ask for their blessing to be sent.
This will keep you from becoming uprooted and unfruitful and having to start all over in the new location. This also keeps you under the blessings of God.
(Acts 15:36:41)

 

Covenant With Grace Tabernacle

I / We __________________________________ covenant with Grace Tabernacle and its leadership to protect the unity of our fellowship. Knowing that Jesus paid the highest price for His bride, the church, I will do everything possible to preserve the unity, protect the fellowship, and promote harmony in my church family and among all believers. The Bible says, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”  Paul tells us,“Let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and the growth of one another’s character.” God wants unity even through our differences. Whether it be personalities, race or backgrounds, so as a member of Grace Tabernacle I will focus on what matters most – learning to love others as Christ has loved us. Knowing that there is no perfect church, I will do all that I can to help Grace Tabernacle become a community of believers that allows God to help us through our weaknesses and problems knowing that we’re all imperfect and need grace. I will give thanks daily for the Christian fellowship in which I have been placed. I will protect the fellowship by honoring those and praying for those in leadership; pastors and elders. I will get involved and make a contribution to the growth and unity of Grace Tabernacle. In doing this I will not gossip, which is passing on information when you are neither part of the problem or the solution. I will not listen to gossip, which is like accepting stolen property because it makes me just as guilty of the crime. If I have a problem with someone or something a person did, I will go directly to that person in a loving way, just as the Bible directs me to. When people find a church where members genuinely love and care for each other, we will have to lock the doors to keep them away.

 

“So let's agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words.”  Romans 14:19 (MSG)

 

 

Membership Covenant   

 

As a member of Grace Tabernacle, I will commit to...

 

... Continually strive to become a Committed Follower of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 ... Protect the unity of my church by...
*Acting in love towards the members
* Refusing to gossip
*Following the leaders
(1 Cor. 13:4-8, 1 Peter 1:22, Eph. 4:29,Hebrews 13:17)

... Serve in the ministries of the church by...
*Discovering and using my gifts and talents
*Developing a servant’s heart and serving as needs arise
(1 Peter 4:10, Phil. 2:3-4,7)

... Support my church by...
*Attending faithfully
*Giving regularly
*Praying for its needs, its growth and its members
*Inviting the unchurched to attend
(Hebrews 10:25, Leviticus 27:30, 1 Cor. 9:6-7,
1 Thes. 1:1-2, Luke 14:23)

... Resolve my differences with the church and its members in a Biblical manner by...
*Talking in private to the one who offended me
*Including 1-2 other witnesses or leaders if it’s unresolved
*Bringing the unresolved offense to the elders
*Choosing Christian arbitration and mediation instead of filing a lawsuit for unresolved offenses
(Matthew 18:15-17, Luke 17:3-4, 1 Corinthians 6:1-7)