OUR COVENANTS (COMMITMENTS) 我們的盟約（委身）
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SESSION FOUR 第四課
OUR COVENANTS (COMMITMENTS) 我們的盟約（委身）
July 2, 2012 七月二日(Continued 續 6/24)
A common question in churches today is “Why become a member?
Because the difference between “attendees” (_________________) and “members”
(__________________) can be summed up in one word: _____________________________________.
At New Life, we recognize the need for formal membership. We ask you to commit to membership for four reasons:
A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to the church
And you husbands must love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church. He gave up his life for her. Ephesians 5:25
A Cultural Reason: It is an antidote to our society
We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything…a job…a marriage…our country. This attitude has even produced a generation of “church shoppers and hoppers”. Membership swims against the current of America’s “consumer religion.” It is an unselfish decision. Commitment always builds character.
在我們所生活的時代裏，很少人會願意委身於任何事….一件工作…一個婚姻…我們的國家。這樣的態度甚至產生了一個被稱為”教會流覽逛街者”的世代。 會員的制度可以與美國的 “消費者宗教”的潮流相抗衡。會員的制度是一個無私的決定。委身可以幫助我們建造品格。
A Practical Reason: It defines who can be counted on
Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Even our country takes a census and requires voter registration. Membership identifies our family.
A Personal Reason: It produces spiritual growth
The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.
What is expected of me as a member?
At New Life we never ask our members to do more than the Bible clearly teaches. We only expect our members to do what the Bible expects every Christian to do. These responsibilities are spelled out in the Membership Covenant.
The New Life Membership Covenant
“Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and been baptized, and being in agreement with New Life’s statements, strategy and structure, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the New Life church family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following:
- I will protect the unity of my church 我會保護教會的合一
…By acting in love toward other members 藉由對其他會友的愛的行動
…By refusing to gossip 藉由拒絕說八掛、謠言
…By following the leaders 藉由跟隨領袖
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other — each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other. Romans 15:5
願賜忍耐和安慰的 神，使你們彼此同心，效法基督耶穌，願那位賜忍耐和鼓勵的上帝幫助你們有同樣的見解，學習基督耶穌的榜樣，羅馬書 15:5
Now you can have sincere love for each other as brothers and sisters because you were cleansed from your sins when you accepted the truth of the Good News. So see to it that you really do love each other intensely with all your hearts. 1 Peter 1:22
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29
Obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they know they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this joyfully and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit. Hebrews 13:17
- I will share the responsibility of my church 我會分擔教會的責任
…By praying for its growth 藉由為新生命教會的成長而禱告
…By inviting the un-churched to attend 藉由邀請沒有上教會的人來上教會
…By warmly welcoming those who visit 藉由熱情的歡迎來拜訪的人
We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. 1 Thessalonians 1:2
我們常常為你們眾人感謝 神，禱告的時候提到你們， 帖撒羅尼迦前書 1:2
So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. Luke 14:23
So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified. Romans 15:7
因此，你們應當彼此接納，就像基督接納了你們一樣，使榮耀歸於 神。羅馬書 15:7
- I will serve the ministry of my church 我會在教會事工中服事
…By discovering my gifts and talents 藉由發現我們的天賦和才能
…By being equipped to serve by my pastors 藉由接受裝備來服事我們的牧師
…By developing a servant’s heart 藉由發展一顆僕人的心
God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you. 1 Peter 4:10
你們要作 神各樣恩賜的好管家，各人照著所領受的恩賜彼此服事。彼得前書 4:10
11 He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, Ephesians 4:11-12
11 他所賜的，有作使徒的，有作先知的，有作傳福音的，也有作牧養和教導的，12 為的是要裝備聖徒，去承擔聖工，建立基督的身體；以弗所書 4:11-12
4Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing. 5 Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Philippians 2:4-5
4 各人不要單顧自己的事，也要顧別人的事。5 你們應當有這樣的思想，這也是基督耶穌的思想。
- I will support the testimony of my church 我會支持教會的見證
…By attending faithfully 藉由信實地參與
…By living a godly life 藉由活出敬虔的生活
…By giving regularly 藉由固定的奉獻
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near. Hebrews 10:25
But whatever happens to me, you must live in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ, as citizens of heaven. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing side by side, fighting together for the Good News. Philippians 1:27
On every Lord’s Day, each of you should put aside some amount of money in relation to what you have earned and save it for this offering. Don’t wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once.
1 Corinthians 16:2
A tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain or fruit, belongs to the LORD and must be set apart to him as holy. Leviticus 27:30
Membership is not about having your name on a roster but it is a proclamation that “We are united together and by His power and leadership we are going to make a difference for His glory!
We are glad you have taken the time to Discover New Life. 我們很高興您花時間來發現新生命。 Remember, our main goal of the class was that you would commit yourself to Christ and to the New Life church family (or another church family). 請記得，我們這課程的主要目標是您能委身於基督和新生命教會（或其他教會）。
If you have become a Christian during this class, we welcome you into God’s family and we invite you to join one of His local families called New Life. 在課程期間，如果您成為一個基督徒，我們歡迎來您來到神的家庭，並且我們邀情您參加祂地方上的家庭－新生命教會。 If you are already a Christian and are looking to join a church family, we would love to have you at New Life. 如果您已經是基督徒，我們很高興您來參加新生命教會。
Most importantly, we encourage you to follow God’s leadership about this decision.
If you are ready to join the New Life family, we ask you to:
- Sign the New Life membership covenant. 簽署新生命教會教友條約。
New Life Membership Covenant
Because I have experienced new life through a relationship with Jesus Christ; and because I have been (or will be) baptized biblically; and because I sense that God is leading me to serve with this church; I commit myself to:
- I will protect the unity of my church. 我會保護我的教會的合一。
- I will share the responsibility of my church. 我會負擔我的教會的責任。
- I will serve in the ministry of my church. 我會在教會的傳教事工中服事。
- I will support the testimony of my church. 我會支持我的教會的見證。
Based on these commitments, I join the New Life church family with the expectation that God will do wonderful things in my life and this city.
New Member新會員 Date日期
New Member新會員 Date日期
Based on your decision to join our church family, New Life pledges to love you, serve you, encourage you, equip you to serve Christ, and walk with you toward spiritual maturity.
New Life Small Group Leader or Pastor 新生命小組組長或牧師 Date日期