Respect Others: We do not advise, analyze, or “fix” others. We are to support encourage, and admonish each other toward Christ-likeness and always in truth and love.
Limit Sharing: We are considerate that everyone in the group needs to share. We will be sensitive not to dominate the group discussion times and limit our discussion.
Regular Attendance: We will make a commitment to our group to show up at the appointed meeting times, be on time and end on time. When we cannot attend, we will call the leader to let them know.
Listen: Everyone needs a listening ear. When someone is talking, they have the floor. Everyone should actively listen.
Conflict Resolution: Whenever relationships are involved, there will be conflict. We will handle the conflict Biblically according to the guidelines of Matthew 18.
Avoid Offensive Statements and Jokes: We are all on the same team. Therefore, we should guard against offending one another. If someone offends us, we commit to work it out directly with her.
Be Prepared: Come ready to participate fully in your group include completing any homework.
Scripture: Scripture study will focus on application to life and will be in line with The Village Statement of Faith.
Socials and Service Projects: We commit to building community and impacting our world. These activities are just as important to attend as the study time.
Use of Spiritual Gifts: Group members will contribute to the life of the groups by identifying and using their spiritual gifts.
Wow. I immediately thought of how many situations I had been in that would have been pleasing to God had myself and the group members I was involved with before had signed and lived such a covenant. A friend would have talked to me after being angry / hurt for a year and a half instead of talking to everyone else. Another friend would still be my friend instead of shutting me out of her life. Leaders would have really been held accountable. The list goes on and on.
Today, I recieved the weekly letter from my new pastor. Refreshing.
God is being honored and He is using this church to reach people for him. He is not hindered. People see Him and want to be part. Just like in Acts 2. I know that no church is perfect, but some are striving to be Holy and this is what I was beginning to wonder about.
Read the beautiful and Godly words from my pastor and be encouraged. Especially if you, like me, might be a recovering skeptic.
God still reigns...in the hearts of His people and in His Holy Church!