We believe that Fresh Start Bible Church was ordained by God to be a biblically-based spiritual growth center, with a four-fold purpose.
To provide learning opportunities for its members, thereby equipping them for the work of the ministry to which Our Heavenly Father has called us.
To provide an opportunity for others to receive that same privilege.
To support ministries external to Fresh Start Bible Church which have a need, and are meeting the needs in the lives of broken, hurting humanity, and who model integrity. Support may include, but is not limited to:
Technical assistance – special expertise
Model integrity in ministry
In order to do the above, Fresh Start Bible Church must practice self-examination, public and private devotion to God, and accountability to one another.
Proverbs 27:6, 17; Luke 17:3; Ephesians 4:11-16; Matthew 25, II Timothy 4:1, 2; II Corinthians 8:21;
II Corinthians 13:5; Matthew 28:19, 20; II Timothy 2:1, 2; Luke 14:28-25
Fresh Start Bible Church Covenant
Having, as we trust, been brought by Divine Grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to give up ourselves to Him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully renew our covenant with each other.
We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We will walk together in brotherly love, as become the members of a Christian Church; exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish and entreat one another as occasion may require.
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others.
We will endeavor to bring up such as may at any time be under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends.
We will rejoice at each other’s happiness, and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows.
We will seek, by Divine aid, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remembering that, as we have been voluntarily buried by baptism and raised again from the symbolic grave, so there is on us a special obligation now to lead a new and holy life.
We will work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines. We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We will, when we move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with some other church were we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
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.
‘What is a Healthy Church Member ?’ by Thabiti M. Anyabwile
Copyright 2008 by Thabiti M. Anyabwile
Published by Crossway, 1300 Cresent Street. Wheaton, IL