A Note from Sonrise Elders

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment—1 Corinthians 1:10

It is our (The Elders) humble conviction that each member of Sonrise Christian Church (SRCC) not only unite on the essential doctrines of our faith as a local congregation, stated in our Statement of Faith, but that we each agree as well, to how we are to live with one another as a family of brothers and sisters in Christ. This conviction to unite in both belief and behavior as a church family has motivated us to implement a Church Covenant—a statement that clarifies what is expected of each member of SRCC. By signing this covenant we affirm our desire and willingness to hold each other accountable and to move each other to maturity in Christ (Colossians 1:28; Hebrews 10:25). We recognize that we cannot live the Christian life alone, but need the encouragement and admonishment of the church as a whole. Moreover, we maintain that when the local church seeks harmony and unity among each other it is the greatest evangelistic tool we have (John 17:21). To this end we pledge the following: Having, as we trust, been brought by divine grace into a saving relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to give up ourselves to him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully renew our covenant with each other.

Church covenant

We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3).
We will walk together in brotherly love (Hebrews 13:1; 1 Peter 1:22), as exemplified by the members of a Christian Church, exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other (1 Corinthians 12:24-26) and faithfully admonish and encourage one another as occasion may require (Matthew 18:15-20; Galatians 6:1-4).
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others (Hebrews 10:23-25).
We will endeavor to bring up such as may at any time be under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Colossians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:14), and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends (Matthew 28:16-20; Colossians 4:5-6;1 Peter 3:15).
We will rejoice at each others’ happiness and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows (Romans 12:12-15; Colossians 1:24; Galatians 6:1-4).
We will seek, by Divine aid, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remembering that, as we have been voluntarily buried by baptism and raised again from the symbolic grave, so there is on us a special obligation now to lead a new and holy life (Romans 6:1-4; Colossians 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17).
We will work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines (1 Timothy 1:3-11; 3:15; Jude 1-3). We will 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 through all nations (Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:42-47; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7;).
We will, when we move from this place, 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 (1 Corinthians 12; Hebrews 10:23-25).
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.
* The following church covenant has been adapted from http://www.capitolhillbaptist.org/about-us/what-we-believe/church-covenant/