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MOTHER OF GOD
Remembering and celebrating those acts of God by which he, in his sovereign love and mercy, called the patriarchs and covenanted himself to them and finally, through Moses, rescued his people and established that covenant between himself and Israel that made them "a Kingdom of priests and holy nation " (Exodus 19:6);
Honoring in awe and gratitude that act of love in which Jesus, the Son of God, brought about the New Covenant in his blood by giving us the Holy Spirit from his throne at the right hand of the Father (see Acts 2:33);
Knowing that by God's work in our lives we have become members of his holy people, the Body of Christ, and rejoicing in that privilege even while we acknowledge the responsibility it entails;
And now, believing that God has wished to establish a covenant with us, uniting us to him and to one another, and making us a community within the Body of Christ in order to live out the New Covenant in Jesus' blood in a specific way by the power of the Holy Spirit, we desire to accept his call and commit our lives to his purposes, relying on his love and his grace to complete in us the work he has begun.
I. I believe that I have been created by God the Father Almighty in, through and for his Son, Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:16). I acknowledge that my nature is fallen and that I share in the sin of Adam (Romans 5:12). I believe that I am saved by the atoning death of Jesus on the Cross and that my sins are washed away by his Blood (Hebrews 9:14). I confess that in the resurrection of Jesus I have received new life (Ephesians 2:5). I believe that I am baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5). I believe that the Holy Spirit dwells within me as his temple (1 Corinthians 3:16). I believe that the same Spirit dwells within my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:21-22).
a. I will love my brothers and sisters in the Mother of God community (Romans 13:8; 1 Peter 4:8).II. I believe that God has called me to belong to the Mother of God community. I recognize that God has anointed the teaching of the community through which I have received new life. I therefore freely commit myself to the order of the Mother of God community. I accept the pastoral authority of the Coordinators, the Regional Heads, the Household Heads, the Cluster Heads, and the Heads of the other major community functions and services (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13).
b. I will be faithful to a daily prayer life (Psalm 119:164; Luke 18:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
c. I will be faithful to daily Scripture reading (2 Timothy 3:16).
d. I promise to grow in fellowship with my brothers and sisters in the community, especially with those in my household and in my cluster (Ephesians 4:3; 15-16).
a. I will respect and pray for all these leaders, who have spoken the word of God to me (Hebrews 13:7).III. I accept my responsibility as a member of Mother of God community to play a part in and to support the programs of initiation and formation within the community. In particular, I accept the responsibility for those services to which I am assigned.
b. I promise to pray with, work with, and obey the Coordinators and those appointed by them to have pastoral responsibility for my salvation and my personal growth (Hebrews 13:17).
c. I will live within my means financially. I accept my responsibility to support the community financially (2 Corinthians 9:6-11).
a. I will pray regularly for the Sunday evening prayer meetings.IV. This covenant is based on obedience to God's law and on a positive seeking out of God's will in daily prayer. I promise to be faithful to the commandments of God and to the teachings of Jesus on loving God and loving the brethren.
b. I will play an active role in community meetings (Hebrews 10:25;1 Peter 1:13).
a. I promise to love, correct, admonish and exhort my brothers and sisters in Mother of God community for their growth in sanctity, and I promise to accept their love, correction, admonishment and exhortation for my personal growth (Galatians 6:1; Hebrews 3:13; James 5:19-20).V. I believe that the Mother of God community is a gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church, the Body of Christ. I believe that God has given the Mother of God community a commission to preach the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to be a light to the world (Matthew 5:14-16), and to hold out to all people the Word of Life (Philippians 2:16).
b. I will work and pray for the upbuilding of the whole body of the community (1 Corinthians 12).
c. As a follower of Jesus Christ, who came not to be served but to serve (Mary 10:45), I promise to serve my brothers and sisters in the community and to seek to give as well and to receive (Acts 20:35).
d. I clearly understand that there is no place in the community for slander and gossip as these destroy the Body of Christ (Galatians 5:15; 1 Peter 2:1).
e. I will examine my conscience each day (Psalm 26:2; 2 Corinthians 13:5).
a. I promise to seek out and obey the Lord's plan for the Mother of God community in the restoration of his people through the Gospel (Philippians 2:19-23).
b. I accept my responsibility for the world and I will pray and work for the salvation of all men and women ( 1 Timothy 2:1-4).
c. I am willing to place the Lord's concerns for the church and the world ahead of my personal needs and desires (2 Corinthians 4:5).
d. I commit myself to the work of evangelism (Matthew 28:19-20).
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