Membership Covenant

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Hawkwood Baptist Church's Membership Covenant

Having received Christ as my Lord and Saviour, having been baptized by immersion, and being in agreement with HBC’s mission and vision, strategy and structure, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the Hawkwood Baptist Church family. With God’s help, I commit myself to Him and to the other members, to strive to do the following:

  • To live in God’s grace
  • To grow as a believer
  • To share in group life
  • To serve with my gifts
  • And to be a good steward
  1. I will protect the unity of my church
  • By acting in love toward other members- “So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.” (Romans 14:19 HCSB). “Have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart” (1 Peter 1:22 NIV).
  • By refusing to gossip- “No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29 HCSB).
  • By following the leaders- “Obey your leaders and  submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.” (Hebrews 13:17 HCSB).
  1. I will share the responsibility of my church
  • By praying for its growth- “We haven’t stopped praying for you. . . . so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully  pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9-10 HCSB)
  • By intentionally involving myself in Christ’s mission to the world- “…As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21 NIV).
  • By warmly welcoming those who visit- “Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.” (Romans 15:7 NLT).
  1. I will serve the ministry of my church
  • By discovering and using my gifts and talents- “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10 NIV).
  • By being equipped to serve- “[God] gave … some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:11-12 NIV).
  • By developing a servant’s heart- “Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own  interests, but also for the interests of others. Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who . . . . emptied himself by  assuming the form of a slave.” (Philippians 2:3-4,7 HCSB)
  1. I will serve the testimony of my church
  • By attending faithfully- " And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other...” (Hebrews 10:24-25a HCSB).
  • By living a godly life - “Just one thing: Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” (Philippians 1:27 HCSB).
  • By giving regularly- “On the first day of the week, each of you is to set something aside and save in keeping with how he prospers, so that no collections will need to be made when I come.” (1 Corinthians 16:2 HCSB). “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.” (2 Corinthians 8:12 NIV)


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Code of Conduct

Hawkwod Baptist Church's Code of Conduct

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. - Colossians 4:6 ESV

 

As the Body of Christ at Hawkwood Baptist Church we desire to interact with one another in a manner that is edifying and godly. We are God’s family. Together let us make every effort to uphold one another and resolve our differences in a Christlike manner. We will have differing approaches and opinions, so let us commit to conduct ourselves with respect and graciousness as Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

 

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. - Ephesians 4:29 ESV

 

As God’s Children we will:

  • Celebrate our joys and successes
  • Laugh and cry together
  • Dream together
  • Plan together
  • Be authentic and real with one another
  • Share our expectations and needs
  • Think and expect the best of one another
  • Communicate clearly and regularly with one another
  • Not sweep conflict under the carpet but deal with it by doing a lot of listening and working through challenges
  • Speak respectfully to each other, and put ourselves in one another’s shoes
  • Love each other through the ups and downs, the joys and trials of life 
  • Seek to be a healthy, functional family
  • Balance truth and love – in all things speaking the truth in love. But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ. Ephesians 4:15
  • Pray for HBC to be a healthy family that continues to grow together in health and unity.

 

 

Commitment:

 

     1.           We will endeavour, to the best of our ability, to follow Christ’s example in our interaction with our fellow Believers. 

 

     2.           We commit to avoiding behaviour that is inappropriate for Christ-followers. Behaviour such as the following will not be tolerated at HBC Meetings:

·        Disruptive Behavior (such as angry or rude outbursts, verbal threats, shouting, pushing or throwing objects, bullying, threat/infliction of physical force or conduct)

·        Demeaning Behavior (such as shaming, humiliation, insults)

·        Intimidating Behavior (such as bullying, taunting, hostility)

·        Passive-Aggressive Behavior (such as being unreasonably critical or stubborn)

·        Passive Disrespect (such as being uncooperative, non-participative)

·        Dismissive Treatment (such as condescending remarks, gossip, impatience)

·        Nonverbal Insidious Behavior (such as inappropriate gestures, facial expressions)

 

This Code of Conduct will be enforced by the Elders and/or Moderator during all future meetings. Those who breach the Code will be asked to sit and will not be recognized by the Moderator unless to stand and apologize.

 

 

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. – Ephesians 4:3-6