Our Relational Covenant

Jesus Christ, the head of the body, calls his disciples to love one another as he has loved us. This Biblical covenant for living together in Christian community is designed to give practical guidelines to build godly relationships with one another and maintain the unity of the body.
John 13:34-35    1 Corinthians 14:26
1.  Pursue reconciliation in my conflict with others, seeking and offering forgiveness, and whenever possible, resolving the issues that caused our conflict.  This means I will do everything in my power to heal broken relationships and keep short accounts with others.
Matthew 5:23-24     Matthew 6:14     Luke 6:37     1 Corinthians 1:10     Ephesians 4:32     Colossians 3:12-13

2.  Practice forbearance and overlook minor offenses.  This means I will patiently hang in there with other people and let the small stuff slide.
Proverbs 17:9     Proverbs 19:11     Romans 15:7     Ephesians 4:2-3     Colossians 3:13

3.  Talk directly with each other rather than talking about one another.  This means I will not share with others that which I should say directly to another person.  This means I will be open and honest in my relationships.  I will shoot straight with other people and not go behind another person’s back.
Leviticus 19:16     Proverbs 26:20-22     Matthew 18:15-16     2 Corinthians 12:20     James 4:1-2

4.  Build up the body and other people in my words and conversations.  This means I will build others up and not tear others down.
Romans 14:19     Romans 15:2     1 Corinthians 13:4-7     Ephesians 4:29     James 5:9

5.  Hold each other accountable at Crossroads Bible Church to live according to this Relational Covenant.  This means I want others to encourage and support me in living these commitments, and to remind me when I am not living by these commitments.  I will do the same for others.
Proverbs 25:11-12     Proverbs 27:5-6     Galatians 5:1     James 5:19-20