Membership Covenant

What is the Church?
The Church is composed of all those who have been redeemed by the life and work of Jesus Christ. The local congregation (Abiding Savior) is a microcosm of the universal Church where believers join together for fellowship, encouragement, accountability, service, and to receive the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  

What is a Covenant?
A covenant is generally defined as an agreement or promise between two parties. Throughout Scripture we see a number of examples of covenants (Genesis 6, 9, 15; Ezekiel 20; Hosea 2; Jeremiah 31; Matthew 26; 1 Samuel 18, 2 Samuel 5). The purpose of a covenant for church membership is to commit to living out the Christian life and commitment oneself to loving and serving the body of believers. To covenant oneself to the local body of believers means more than being committed only while it’s convenient; a covenant commitment means being committed during both the good times and the difficult times.

The membership covenant involves both responsibilities to the congregation and the congregation to you. We ask all members of Abiding Savior to covenant to carry out and live out these biblical responsibilities.

I covenant…
  • to submit to the authority of Scripture as the final arbiter on all issues (Ps. 119; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
  • to pursue the Lord Jesus Christ through regular Bible reading, prayer, fellowship and practice of spiritual disciplines (Luke 18:1; Acts 17:11; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Ephesians 5:1-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22).
  • to regularly participate in the life of Abiding Savior by attending weekly services, engaging in Christ-centered community, and serving those within and without this church (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:23-25; Titus 3:14).
  • to steward the resources God has given me, including time, talents, and treasures (Matthew 25:14-30; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8-9; 1 Peter 4:10-11).
  • by God’s grace through the power of the Holy Spirit, to walk in holiness in all areas of life as act of worship to Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13-16; 4:1-3).
  • to do the following when I sin (Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5; James 5:16; 1 John 1:6-10):
    • confess my sin to God and fellow believers.
    • repent and seek help to put my sin to death.
  • to submit to the deacons and other appointed spiritual leaders of the congregation and diligently strive for unity and peace within the church (Ephesians 4:1-3; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:5).
  • to do the following should I leave the church for righteous reasons:
    • to notify the appropriate staff member.
    • to seek another church with which I can carry out my biblical responsibilities as a believer.
  • to abide by the constitution and bylaws of Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church.

Statement of Belief
Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church believes that the Lutheran Confessions (specifically, the Augsburg Confession, Luther’s Small Catechism; and the three Creeds of the church) rightly articulate the teachings of Scripture. While below represents a basic summary, please see the above listed documents for a more thorough explanation.

We ask that all those seeking membership to affirm the following beliefs.

I believe…

  • The Old and New Testaments are inspired by God, true, authoritative, and sufficient (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
  • There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5).
  • The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit it God. There are not three Gods but One Triune God (Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:14-6)
  • Every human being is by nature and action a sinner (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:8; 12-21; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3).
  • The just and deserved penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual (Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:19; Romans 5:12; 6:23; James 1:14-15).
  • Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human (Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3).
  • Jesus Christ died as my substitute to pay the penalty for my sin (John 1:29; 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18).
  • Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead to conquer death on my behalf (Matthew 28:1-20: Mark 16:1-8: Luke 24:1-53: John 1:20-21, 25: 1 Corinthians 15:12-34).
  • Jesus Christ physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7).
  • When Christ returns there will be a physical resurrection of the dead. Those who trust in Jesus Christ alone will be raised to eternal life. Those who have not trusted in Jesus Christ will be raised to eternal punishment (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15).
  • Only by grace, through faith, in Christ Jesus, are we reconciled to God and forgiven of our sins (John 3:18, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).
  • Those in Christ Jesus are in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit who calls, convicts, guides, and comforts them. (John 14:26; 16:8, 13).
  • Those in Christ Jesus are called to live holy and blameless lives, being set apart from the world (Romans 6 and 12).
  • Those in Christ Jesus are called and empowered to bear witness to the death and resurrection of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins to all the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:18-20).
  • By faith, which is a free gift from God, in the person and work of Jesus Christ I am alone reconciled to God (John 3:18, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).
  • In order to offer and convey to men the merits that Christ has secured for the world by His death on the cross (2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 5:18), God employs certain external, visible means through which the Holy Spirit works and preserves faith and thus accomplishes the sinner’s salvation. These means include the Word of God, Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:37-41; Romans 6:1-11; 1 Corinthians 11:1-34).
  • The three Ecumenical Creeds (Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian), Augsburg Confession, and Luther’s Small Catechism are accurate summaries and right articulations of the doctrines taught within Scripture.