Six:Eight Membership Commitment
A number of people just made the commitment of membership at Six:Eight. Below is the membership commitment they signed. We believe the local church is the hope of the world, and we want to see more and more planted across the globe. The local church is where you know others, and are being known, where you exercise your gifts in the context of others. It is where you know Christ as you interact with others deeply, getting different perspectives on Jesus. However, it is where you are known by Christ as well, as others lovingly identify places of growth in your own walk. To be 'in Christ' is synonymous with being 'in a local Body of Christ' (not just the Universal Body), we cannot walk the Christian walk without the local body of Christ - just doesn't work. Another class will be held in the coming months - we would love to see everyone make that final commitment. Take a look at the membership commitments below, and then I have also included the commissioning prayer we did for everyone a few weeks back for the Community Value - Six:Eight is doing great things!
I have committed my life without reservation to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and have publicly declared this by being baptized as a believer. I will, by the grace of God, live a life surrendered to His Lordship.
I affirm and commit myself to the Six:Eight Statement of Faith.
I commit myself to faithful participation in a Six:Eight community group. (Students, while encouraged to join Six:Eight groups, may waive this commitment if actively involved in a campus community group.)
I commit myself to faithful participation in the weekend worship gathering of Six:Eight.
I commit myself to ministry in the name of Jesus Christ. This includes receiving appropriate training, investing my time for preparation and participation, and investing my spiritual gifts and skills for the good of the whole body and the work of the Kingdom. I agree to share in the loving care and teaching of our children.
I commit myself to praying for and following the leaders of this church as they follow Jesus and pursue the stated vision, plans and values of this church. I affirm this vision and these plans and values.
I commit myself to substantial and regular financial giving to support the work of Six:Eight. I understand that leaders are asked to tithe to the church.
I commit myself to the unity of this body. I will use my influence and my words to edify the church as a whole, its leaders and its individual members. I will avoid slander, gossip and divisiveness. Instead I will believe the best about others and practice peace making, building others up, speaking the truth in love, forgiveness and encouragement.
I have closed my relationship with any previous churches as clearly and graciously as possible, desiring their blessing and desiring to bless that church in doing so. (Students, and others living in this area for a similarly defined period of time, wishing to retain membership in their home church may do so with that church’s blessing.)
I have read the Statement of Faith, as well as, the Vision and Values statement of this church, attended a newcomers class, filled out a data survey and signed this document.
God you have given us, your children, authority to go and be your hands and feet to our neighbors. And so in the name of Jesus, I commission these people to go forward and be like you to everyone they come in contact with. As a community group and as individual priests of your gospel, to care for each other, to pray for each other, to give enthusiastically to each other and to everyone they come in contact with. I pray that they would show love their neighbors and co-workers, and Kingdom partners the same way that you have shown love to them.
Give them compassion, show them unreserved love for other people, just like you have loved them. Let them have a heart of mercy towards the rich and the poor, the brass and the meek, the conservative and the liberal. Because you tell us that the only thing that matters is faith working itself out in love.
Give them boldness, to pray for other people in their everyday happenings, to give money when their pockets feels stretched, to invite others to church and their community groups, to share meals and their stories with those around them.
Holy Spirit, come over these people like a thick covering. Speak to them and prompt them with what you are doing and where you wan them to participate. We know, God, that as we go out, we do not go out alone. We have each other and most of all we have your Spirit which will guide us and lead us until you come for us.
Come Holy Spirit, be with us as we go out. Amen.