Peace Haven Baptist Church:
An inclusive fellowship offering a place to worship, to grow, to serve and to experience the unconditional love of God.
We as individuals make this covenant with God:
Having accepted the gift of his forgiveness and grace in each of our lives, and being led by the Holy Spirit to mature in our relationship with God, we acknowledge that we are together only to be the church of God in Christ. We are here by choice. Through the same grace we received as individuals, God is making us a fellowship to embody and to express the Spirit of Christ.
In this fellowship, we are no longer Jews or Greeks; slaves or free men or even merely men or women, but we are all the same – we are Christians, we are one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28). Therefore, we reject any favoritism in this fellowship in terms of church office, wealth, race, age, sex, education, or other distinctions.
We are all parts of one body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called to the same glorious future. There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and we all have the same God and Father who is over us all, works through us all, and is in us all (Ephesians 4:4-6).
Therefore we make this covenant with God to lead lives worthy of the calling to which we have been called: to be humble and gentle, to be patient with each other, to make allowances for one another because of our love, and to try always to be led by the Holy Spirit so that we will be at peace with one another (Ephesians 4:1-3).
As a member of such a church, we intend to live under the following commitments:
We will gather regularly with the Church to worship God, share the good news, and continually examine its implications for our lives. We will study the Bible, meditate, and pray, so that we will more fully experience the presence of God and His message for our lives.
We will also be sensitive to God’s message, as it comes to us from persons, history, the arts, nature, current happenings in the world and other sources.
We will intentionally give ourselves as Christ’s servants through participation in His mission in the world. We will try to discover and affirm the gifts God has given us, and use them in His service to minister wherever we find the opportunity. We will try to discover, affirm and celebrate the gifts he has given to others.
We will be responsible to God through the creative use of all our income and possessions. We will give systematically to the financial support of our Church’s ministry as led by the Holy Spirit.
We will offer to know and love our sisters and brothers in this fellowship, and we are willing to be known and loved by them.
With God’s help, and the help of our brothers and sisters in this fellowship, we make this covenant.