The following Commitments are designed to help the people who attend Provo Bible Church relate to one another in a way that honors God and promotes authentic relationships in the body of Christ, in accord with the Holy Spirit’s activity (Gal 5:16-22).
These Commitments cover important relational issues, such as peacemaking and reconciliation, marriage and divorce, protecting children from abuse, counseling, confidentiality, and mutual accountability. They do not cover every aspect of God’s Word. The focus herein is on those relationship areas that often cause disunity and broken fellowship within the church.
These Commitments are intended to help us build a strong community of faith. By community, we mean a group of people who have voluntarily joined together to encourage and support one another as we worship God, grow in our understanding of His love for us, and seek to tell others about the salvation and peace they, too, can find through faith in Jesus Christ.
We know that this kind of community isn’t easy to achieve. Each of us brings our own expectations and agendas into the church. This diversity usually leads to rich discussions and creative ministries, but sometimes it can lead to conflict. As James 4:1-2 warns, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it…” (NIV, 1984)
At times, no matter how hard we try to build a close community of faith, our desires and expectations still clash. That is why we believe these Commitments can be of great value. They pull together key principles from God’s Word and serve as our relational guidelines when we encounter relational conflict. These Commitments accomplish several important purposes.
- They remind us of our mutual commitment to work together to pursue unity, maintain friendships, preserve marriages, and build relationships that reflect the love of Christ and bring glory to God.
- They help to prevent unwanted surprises, unmet expectations, confusion, and conflict by describing how we expect to relate to one another within the church.
- They provide a clear direction to follow when conflict threatens to divide us, and they remind us how to move quickly toward reconciliation.
- They establish guidelines for how our leaders will counsel others, guard confidential information, protect our children from abuse while under the leaders’ supervision, and exhort to repentance those who are not living according to scriptural commands.
As you read “Our Biblical Commitments to One Another,” we encourage you to study the Bible passages that are cited next to particular provisions. We want you to be confident that these Commitments are based solidly on the Word of God. If your study does not answer all of your questions and concerns, please do not hesitate to approach us. We would be happy to talk with you about these principles.
We encourage you to expressly embrace these Commitments and formally join Provo Bible Church by going through our membership process. An application that defines the process of becoming a member may be obtained from our Church Office.
If you are not yet ready to become a member, you and your family are certainly welcome to attend our worship services and Bible classes, to find fellowship in a fellowship group, and seek assistance from our leaders. Please also realize that if you continue relating to us in any of these ways, you are giving your affirmation (by your attendance) to these commitments as normative biblical principles even if you are not formally a member of Provo Bible Church.
As followers of Christ, we will do all we can to encourage you to grow in faith and godliness and to live a disciplined life that honors our Lord Jesus Christ and enhances the witness of His church.1
– The Steering Committee of Provo Bible Church
Affirmed: January, 2013
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1 These Biblical Commitments To One Another are adapted from The Peacemaker Church. Used by permission of Peacemaker® Ministries. Edition 1.1 www.PeacemakerChurch.net