Calvary Pampa membership covenant
is created out of a love for the church body and its
individual members who we desire to experience the fullness of joy which is
found as we worship, serve, and fellowship together in the presence of the Lord. The primary purpose of this covenant
is to serve as an informational
and teaching document with three
- To clarify the biblical obligations and expectations for the staff, deacons, leadership,
and the individual members of Calvary
- To establish teaching
and doctrinal boundaries for Calvary Pampa.
- To serve as a tool for information, reflection, and growth toward personal holiness in Christ.
Pampa membership covenant is comprised of a section on the Church, the nature
of covenants, a statement of basic belief, the obligations of the Calvary Pampa
leadership to the church body, and the obligations of members to the Calvary
What Is The Church?
church is the gathering of the redeemed, the household of God, the bride of
Christ, and the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12 speaks of the church as having
many members within the same body. Just as a human body relies upon mutual
dependence of individual members for proper functioning, so the body of Christ
requires sacrificial and responsible service by its individual members. Each
and every member is necessary in the mission of the church. We all have
different gifts according to the gracious provision of the Holy Spirit.
Contrary to what our culture teaches, we need each other.
church exists for the display of the glory of God because He created the church
for His glory. Those of us who trust in and follow Jesus are called to
something bigger than ourselves. We have graciously been invited into God’s
redemptive purpose in the world.
light of this reality, the opportunity to join a local church body is much more
than a commitment to consistent attendance or active involvement in community.
It is also a sacred call to be involved in the redemptive work of our sovereign
God to push back the darkness of a fallen world through the power of the Holy
Spirit with the light of His Son, Jesus Christ.
at Calvary is about participating in a family, which is a representation of the
universal household of God. All members are united to Christ and thus to each
other. Unity within the church is expressed in love for God and a love for
others, both those within the family and those who are not. Because of the
identification of Christ with His church, Christians are expected to display
His gospel in a manner which is worthy of Christ.
What Is a Covenant?
A covenant is an oral or written agreement or promise between two or more
parties. Covenant membership is a commitment to one another—a willing pledge to
guard, care, submit, support, and minister together for the building up of the
any time an individual member feels as though the corporate church body is not
remaining faithful to the requirements of the covenant, it is the
responsibility of the individual member to lovingly and humbly express their
concerns to the leadership of the church.
focusing on the responsibilities between the individual parties, the corporate
church body, her leadership and her individual members, the covenant is first
and foremost an acknowledgement of general Christian obligations and an
agreement to enter into those duties for God’s glory and the good of the body
and bride of His Son.
Statement of Basic Belief
beliefs represent the core teachings and beliefs of Calvary that come from a
believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit.
believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His
sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death for believers through His
shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of
the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy
Spirit is absolutely essential and is received by grace through faith alone.
believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the
Christian is enabled to live a Christ-centered life.
believe the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God
and is essential for understanding the will and purpose of God.
believe in the resurrection of both the redeemed and the lost; the redeemed to
the resurrection of eternal life and the lost to the resurrection of eternal
judgment and punishment in a physical place of separation called hell.
believe that the Church is the body of Christ sent into the world to shine
forth the glory of God. The Church is made up of those who have become genuine
followers of Jesus Christ and have personally appropriated the gospel. The
Church exists to worship and glorify God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The
ministry of the Church is an extension of the ministry of Jesus in the power of
believe that the ultimate mission of the Church is to bring glory to God by
making disciples (Matt. 28:18-20). The Church is called to make disciples
through worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances,
fellowship, the exercise of our gifts and talents, and the proclamation of the
gospel both in our community and throughout the world.