Thursday, July 31, 2008

Renewing Commitments

To my church family... here again are the five areas we are seeking to renew commitment to this year. To my outside readership... these five commitment renewals were part of a letter I sent out to my congregation (accompanied by a copy of the Church Covenant) back in May. If we are going to take this seriously it's important to keep reiterating it.

Five Commitment Renewals for 2008:

1. We must renew our commitment to pursue godliness (1 Timothy 7b-8).

If our attitude, lifestyles, habits, and language reflect something other than Biblical principles we are sending a mixed message to people about who or what is really Lord of our lives.

2. We must renew our commitment to each other (Romans 12:9-16).

There are two irrefutable facts about every one of our families: each family member is unique and families disagree. This is true in the church family as well, but Scripture teaches us that a church is to be a culture of sacrifice. This distinguishes us and distinguishes our Savior to outside world.

3. We must renew our commitment to the covenant we’ve made (Acts 2:44).

When we each became members of Memorial Baptist Church we agreed to keep and uphold the summary of faith that is our Church Covenant. The purpose of this covenant is so that we can hold one another accountable and present a unified and uncompromised witness as a church body to the community.

4. We must renew our commitment to meeting together (Hebrews 10:23-25).

We meet together for spiritual growth, to encourage one another, to meet each other’s needs, and to worship the Lord together. Of course some are physically unable to come because of health or military service. The rest of us need to be clear that it is not honoring to the Lord to avoid gathering regularly with the church family. Non-active church membership is not a Biblical concept.

5. We must renew our commitment to prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17-23).

Do you want to see God at work in and through our church? This is going to come through submission in prayer. We need to be burdened to pray for the lost and burdened to pray for our church. I want to invite you to come on Wednesdays at 6:00pm but more than that- make prayer a vital part of your daily life.

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