The members of Friendship Community Church covenant before God to sincerely live out the following commitments:

  1. I will protect the unity of my church
  2. I will share the mission of my church
  3. I will serve the ministry of my church
  4. I will support the testimony of my church

1. I will protect the unity of my church

By praying for its purity, unity and direction.

Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honoured, just as it was with you. 2 Thessalonians 3:1 

By acting in love toward others who attend the church.

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 1 Peter 1:22

As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10

By encouraging others with my words rather than speaking poorly of them behind their back.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29

By avoiding unrighteous anger and unkind words, by speaking respectfully, courteously and with kindness toward others, by being slow to take offence and quick to apologize when I have offended someone else, and by always being ready to seek proper steps of reconciliation when there has been a conflict.

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:19-23

By supporting the leadership and direction they bring to the church.

Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. Hebrews 13:17

By quietly leaving if I no longer agree with the Statement of Faith or the direction of the church.

I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. 1 Corinthians 1:10

2. I will share the mission of my church

By viewing the unchurched around me through the eyes of Jesus.

When Jesus saw the multitudes, He felt compassion for them because they were distressed and burdened, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36

By intentionally building meaningful relationships with one or more unchurched people, seeking opportunities to invite them to come to know and believe in Jesus.

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer every one. Colossians 4:5-6

By warmly welcoming all those who visit.

Dear friends, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God... 3 John 5-6

3. I will serve the ministry of my church

By intentionally balancing my life so that I have the necessary time and energy to discover and use my spiritual gifts, abilities and talents in ministry.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

By intentionally doing my best to find the time to meet in a small group setting with other believers during the week in order to engage in authentic community, fellowship, worship and accountability.

They continually devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. … And daily they continued to meet with one mind in the temple, they broke bread from house to house and ate together with glad and sincere hearts. Acts 2:42,46

By intentionally seeking out and taking advantage of opportunities for further spiritual growth.

It was He [Christ Jesus] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13

By financially supporting the church as I give regularly and joyfully a set percentage from my income and make available for God’s use other resources God has entrusted to me.[1]

On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income. 1 Corinthians 16:2

Don't you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. 1 Corinthians 9:13-14

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

4. I will support the testimony of my church

By seeking to have a consistent private devotional time and, if applicable, by doing my best to encourage my spouse and children toward greater spiritual insight and maturity.

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:5-7

By thoughtfully and consistently attending services and participating in Communion.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

By having a Spirit-filled and godly life-style that will not bring shame to God, my family and the community of faith.[2]

We have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work. Colossians 1:9-10

Just to clarify at this point: As a member at FCC, you are committing yourself to regular church attendance, to intentionally sharing your faith with others, to using your spiritual gifts in some area of ministry, to doing your very best to be involved in a small group, to leading a sexually pure life, to giving financially to the church, and to having a private devotional life. These are not unusual or stringent demands - they are obviously implications of your faith in Jesus Christ and your dedication to love God with your whole soul, heart and mind. All Christians, whether official members or not, should live according to these principles.

[1] Tithing is giving back to God a portion of the material goods or finances we have been blessed with (originally 10% of the harvest, livestock, and monetary income, given to God at the temple).  It is an Old Testament concept (Leviticus 26:10; 27:30-32; Numbers 18:21).  In the New Testament, Christians contributed of their own free will what they determined in their heart was a right amount.  The practice was one of sacrificial, joyful, and giving in proportion to income (1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 8:12; 9:6-7).

[2] A godly or holy lifestyle is hard to define but it includes such items as obeying the laws of the land as long as they do not contravene God's laws, abstaining from the use of illegal drugs and the inappropriate use of legal drugs, being honest, following the Scriptural teaching about marriage and sexual conduct, etc.