The Vine Church Covenant
As Christians we have been saved by grace through repentance and faith into the family of God. Having died to ourselves, been buried with Him in baptism, and raised with Him in new life, we are transformed into new creations that receive our identity solely from Jesus Christ. Our lives are guided by the Spirit into truths of the Gospel and how it shapes us each day. Because of this Gospel and through the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we joyfully and solemnly affirm our covenant to each other.
Through the counsel and help of the Holy Spirit, we actively engage with the Word of God holding it as the standard and guide of our practices, relationships, and expectations of one another.
As we have been called into Christ’s body, we gather together regularly, as we are able, to listen to God, equip and refresh one another, and respond with lives of sacrificial worship as we gather and as we go.
As Christ himself has prayed for us, we pray regularly for God’s will among us, for the spirit of unity, and the bond of peace. We petition Him on the basis of His promises, praise Him for who He is and what He has done, and listen for His direction.
Because Christ has identified Himself with us, we walk together as the family of God in sacrificial love. We celebrate together in our joys, struggle together in our trials, and intentionally consider one another better than ourselves.
Since we have been declared by God as His adopted children, we work diligently to build one another up into the image of God’s Son, guided by His life and teaching, and aided by the power of the Spirit. We pursue accountability, with openness, vulnerability, and with repentance. We confess sin regularly to one another and pursue actions that accompany true repentance. We remind one another of our new identity in Christ and turn from our old selves, with an attitude of humility that rejects judgment and superiority.
As Jesus has promised to complete the work He began in us, we enter into and remain in discipling relationships with one another; teaching all that Christ commanded. We pursue intimate friendship across generations, ethnicity, culture, and class to bear fruit by God’s grace.
As God the Father guides and enables us, we bring up all individuals under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example seek the salvation of friends, family, strangers and enemies.
As we receive with awe and gratitude the amazing grace given to us, we seek, by His power, aid, and example, to live carefully in the world, to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live in purity of heart and mind. As a result of careful study and application of the Bible, we sustain the worship, baptism, communion, doctrine, and discipline of this church in unity of spirit. We share the gospel with the lost, provide aid for the poor, care for the widowed and the fatherless, promote justice for the oppressed, and work for the common good in our homes, workplaces, neighborhood, country and throughout the world.
As Christ has promised to return, establish, and sustain a new creation we find daily hope and encouragement despite trial, difficulty, disease, persecution, or death. We live in eager expectation of that final day when Jesus Christ will make all things new, to see Him face to face, to enjoy His presence, and to joyfully serve Him forever.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.