For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him, as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
(Amended December 14, 2008)
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive Jesus Christ as the Lord, Savior, and supreme Treasure of our lives, and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ. … (Read the entire Covenant.)
Our Relational Commitments
As of our Annual Meeting on December 14, 2008, the Bethlehem Relational Commitments are now part of our membership expectations and in the constitution and church covenant by reference. (Read John Piper's January 14, 2009, article on the Relational Commitments.
These commitments are intended to help us define and mutually accept the way that we will relate to one another, especially concerning …
- peacemaking and reconciliation
- marriage and divorce
- protecting children from abuse
- counseling and confidentiality
- mutual accountability.
In February and March 2009, Bethlehem pastors spoke on the five commitments at Wednesday Connection times. These audio recordings are posted below. (Also, DVDs of the sessions are available at the church libraries).
- David Michael
Commitment to Peacemaking & Reconciliation, 02.04.2009
- Tom Eckblad
Commitment to Biblical Counseling & Confidentiality, 02.11.2009
- Tom Steller
Commitment to Accountability & Church Discipline, 02.18.2009
- Sam Crabtree
Commitment to Preserving Marriages, 02.25.2009
- Bud Burk
Commitment to Protecting Our Children, 03.04.2009
- Speakers Panel
Q & A on Relational Commitments, 03.11.2009
To Pre-2009 Bethlehem Members …
All who became members of Bethlehem prior to 2009 have been asked to sign a card to indicate their willingness to formally embrace these commitments or to indicate that they are still considering them. You may print out this card, sign it, and do one of the following:
- place it in the offering
- drop it a wood box at the sanctuary exits
- mail it to Bethlehem, 720-13th Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55415
If you have specific questions or concerns about the Relational Commitments (or about becoming a member of our church), contact us (612-338-7653).