Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior 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, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We pledge, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the gospel to all nations.
We further pledge to maintain family and private devotions, to educate our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord; to seek to make disciples of our family and friends; to be careful how we live before others; to be honest in our dealings, faithful in our obligations, and commendable in our behavior; to avoid all gossiping, slandering, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of illegal substances and the sale and abuse of intoxicating beverages, and to be enthusiastic in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.
We further pledge 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 compassion and patience with one another; and always be ready to reconcile any differences, being mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We moreover pledge that when we move from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
Why do I need to be a member of a local church?
For the most part the language of the New Testament is in a plural "you" not a singular "you". An example would be Colossians 3 - Even when New Testament letters are addressed to individuals like Timothy or Titus the main thrust was to the entire church body on how to select leaders and deal with community issues like false teaching.
Col. 3:1If then you [plural] have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your [plural] minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 Foryou [plural] have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christwho is your [plural] life appears, then you [plural] also will appear with himin glory.
Most people when they read this think it is just between them and God but worship both Old and New Testament was a community event. Western thought and individualism have moved away from thinking in a Colossians 3 way but the end result is:
Colossians 3:15 And letthe peace of Christ rule in your [plural] hearts, to which indeed you [plural] were calledin one body. Andbe thankful. 16 Letthe word of Christ dwell in you [plural] richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Andwhatever you [plural] do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Acts 2:41 speaks of those who were added to their number. Definite affiliation gives a sense of belonging, loyalty, and commitment. It helps the church and the mission to know whom we can count on for service and leadership. Remember God called you out of the world to serve - the place of service is the local church - it is His design and purpose. Eph. 4
If God is leading you to be part of the South Valley fellowship, you are encouraged to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.