Covenant

Worship service at the 2015 Intergenerational RetreatRaleigh Mennonite Church is a community of believers committed to following Jesus and working for the corporate renewal of the church so that as the Christian community we keep God’s life powerfully present among us and in the world. The foundation of our fellowship is Jesus Christ and His gospel of grace and peace.

As Mennonites with roots in the Anabaptist tradition, we hold Jesus’ way and words to reveal God’s direction for the church: unreserved love and sharing, honesty and mutual responsibility in relationships, the renunciation of coercion and violence, and active outreach to the world in service and witness. We believe that being the church in the world means having the very life of Christ among us as well as in us and living out His life corporately as well as personally in society.

As an act of faith, we publicly declare by this confession of faith and covenant with God and each other our intention to live out this vision and grow and mature together.

  • We confess Jesus Christ, God’s Son, as Savior and Lord. Accepting His forgiving and transforming grace, we acknowledge Jesus as God incarnate, Lord of our lives, Lord of the Church, and unrecognized Lord of the world.
  • We believe the Bible to be inspired by God and commit ourselves to live by the authority of God’s word as disciples of Christ, to share with this fellowship the responsibility to interpret the scripture in the spirit of Christ.
  • We view God’s church family as a community of believers baptized upon individual confession of faith. Believer’s baptism is practiced to symbolize the decision of an adult to make a public commitment to live as a disciple of Christ, whatever the cost.
  • We open ourselves to the inner presence and work of the Holy Spirit to empower us for personal growth and ministry in the community of believers. We acknowledge that the fruit and gifts of the Spirit are given to men and women alike for the edification of the body. We freely offer ourselves and allow our gifts to be tested and fitted together for the benefit of all.
  • We covenant together to seek first the kingdom of God and join with others in the costly discipleship of following Jesus. This involves letting our very lives be changed so that simplicity, sharing, servanthood and mutual accountability begin to replace materialism, indifference, self-centeredness, and individualism as marks of the Christian lifestyle. We will seek to encourage one another by positive expressions of love and forgiveness, to partake of the Lord’s supper together, and to share responsibility in receiving and giving correction according to the teachings of scripture.
  • We recognize in Jesus Christ the way of love and reconciliation and affirm that this is God’s will for all believers. As disciples of Jesus we seek to be peacemakers in all areas of life: loving our enemies and refusing to use violence or participate in military service, working for alternatives to violent resolution of conflict on personal and national levels, serving the poor and needy, and practicing justice and mercy. We acknowledge and affirm an allegiance to God that transcends our social and political allegiances. We will encourage and support each other in our personal and corporate peace witness.
  • We recognize that each person is created in the image of God and we will seek equity, justice, freedom and human rights for all peoples. By the fellowship of love which bridges economic, racial, sexual, political, and cultural differences, we will demonstrate the oneness of the body of Christ with the diversity of its parts.
  • We acknowledge with gratitude God as the giver of all resources which are entrusted to us for the furtherance of God’s kingdom. By exercising compassionate and responsible stewardship of our time, talents, and money we seek to assist one another in the fellowship and to minister to a needy world.
  • We seek to grow spiritually through times of personal encounter with God, opening ourselves to God’s love and truth by means of prayer, reflection, meditation on scripture and fasting. We confess the need to daily forgiveness and renewing grace which will enable us to glorify God in Christ.
  • We acknowledge that by making Christ and His kingdom our primary loyalty, relationships within our natural families are given a new perspective. We will seek to foster healthy marriages and wholesome relationships in the family. We affirm the children among us as a gift of God and we commit ourselves to taking seriously their development by providing nurture and involvement that will assist them in making decisions.
  • We recognize that a primary mission of the church is to share God’s grace with others in the community through word and deed. We commit ourselves to share the love and faith of Christ, through individual and corporate witness, in our daily lives.
  • We believe in the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ, and emphasize the victory of the risen Christ and anticipate joyously His coming. We look forward to a new heaven and earth in which Christ will reign!

We agree to renew our commitment to God through this group each year and to re-evaluate this document from time to time.

Our covenant has been put into song and is available here.