What's it all about?
Living out a commitment to a local church involves many responsibilities: exemplifying a godly lifestyle in the community, exercising one’s spiritual gifts in diligent service, contributing financially to the work of the ministry, giving and receiving admonishment with meekness and in love, and faithfully participating in corporate worship. Much is expected, but much is at stake. For only when every believer is faithful to this kind of commitment is the church able to live up to her calling as Christ’s representative here on earth. To put it simply, membership matters.
If you desire to become part of the Calvary East Family please read our Church Covenant and fill out your information below.
CALVARY CHAPEL EAST SAN ANTONIO MEMBER COVENANT
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive Jesus Christ as the Lord, Savior, and, supreme Treasure of our lives, and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
- to submit to the authority of the Scriptures as the final authority on all issues (Psalm 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 maintain family and personal devotions.
to avoid all gossip, tattling, backbiting and excessive anger.
to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances.
to educate our children in the Christian faith.
to follow the command and example of Jesus by participating in the ordinances prescribed to His Church:
by being baptized after my conversion.
by regularly remembering and celebrating the person and work of Christ through communion.
to regularly participate in the life of Calvary East by attending weekly services, engaging in gospel-centered community and serving those within and outside of this church (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:23-25; Titus 3:14).
to steward the resources God has given me, including time, talents, spiritual gifts and finances.
This includes regular financial giving, service and participation in community that is sacrificial, cheerful and voluntary (Matthew 25:14-30; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8-9).
by God’s grace through the power of the Holy Spirit, to walk in holiness in all areas of life as an act of worship to Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13-16. 1 Peter 4:1-3).
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love.
to remember one another in prayer.
to aid one another in sickness and distress.
to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech.
to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
Believers should strive to put certain attitudes and actions to death while stirring and stimulating love and good deeds through the Spirit.
Below are a few examples of actions addressed in the Scriptures:
Complete chastity and fidelity means, among other things, that regardless of my marital status, I will pursue purity and abstain from sexually immoral practices such as adultery, premarital sex and pornography (Romans 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 6:15-20, 1 Corinthians 10:8; Ephesians 5:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4).
I will practice complete chastity unless married and, if married, complete fidelity within heterosexual and monogamous marriage.
I will seek to preserve the gift of marriage and agree to walk through the steps of marriage reconciliation at Calvary East before pursuing divorce from my spouse (Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12; Luke 16:18; 1 Corinthians 7:10-11).
I will refrain from habitual sinful behavior as the Bible dictates (Romans 1:28-32; Romans 13:13; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:18; James 3:3-18).
to refrain from such activities that the Scriptures would deem foolish (Romans 14:14-23).
to seek God’s help in abstaining from all drugs, food, drink, and practices which bring unwarranted harm to the body or jeopardize our own or another’s faith. (1 Corinthians 8:1-13).
I will submit to the discipline of God through His Holy Spirit by:
following the biblical procedures for church discipline where sin is evident in another – the hope of such discipline being repentance and restoration.
receiving righteous and loving discipline when approached biblically by fellow believers (Psalm 141:5; Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; Hebrews 12:5-11).
to do the following when I sin:
to submit to the elders and other appointed leaders of the church and diligently strive for unity and peace within the church (Ephesians 4:1-3; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:5).
repent and seek help to put my sin to death (Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5; James 5:16; 1 John 1:6-10).
confess my sin to God and to fellow believers.
- to do the following should I leave the church for righteous reasons:
- to notify the pastor.
- to seek another church with which I can carry out my biblical responsibilities as a believer.