As I am writing to you now, I have just finished the wedding ceremony for Jacob and Robin Stout. Two weeks ago Jacob was called to the Lord during our AM Fellowship Service. As he was being touched by the Spirit, Robbin was rededicating her life to serve the Lord. What a great time it was to be with them as their transformation was evident in their personas. God is so good to allow us to see His miraculous calling on someone’s life.
So let me change the topic here and speak about something that I recently have mentioned in church. And as I was speaking about the idea that doctrine is an all-important facet of our understanding of our Lord, I mentioned that’s it’s very important for people to know what their church believes. And in my kind and caring way I also said that most folks don’t have any idea what it is that their church believes in. In fact I have seen instances where the leaders of a church didn’t know themselves what their church professed to believe in.
In this newsletter you will find our Church Covenant. It is also available to you online at the church’s website. Let me just share with you the opening few lines from the document.
“Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and his assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We promise therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to:
The covenant goes on to list 19 items that this church’s founders thought to be of such consequence that we put them in ink and founded our beginnings on them.
See at New Life one of our most important tasks is to protect believers from being “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,” (Eph 4:14). We accept the God-given responsibility of “speaking the truth in love” (v. 15) and strive for the growth of the church and glory of the Lord, rather than the praise and honor of men.
Our desire is that God be glorified. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of this ministry, and we desire to perform our work as unto Him, to reflect Him to all those we encounter, and to operate not in our own strength but through His power (Philippians 4:13).
These things are made possible when we know and adhere to the documents that made us who we are. Since the covenant is drawn directly from God’s Word you can rest assured that there is nothing therein that might lead you astray. Take a few minutes and read our Church Covenant. If you have any questions, please contact me. God bless y’all and remember fall is on its way.
STEVEN MEDEIROS, Teacher/Preacher