THE COMMAND: Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you. 1 Tim. 4:16.

THE GOAL: To maintain leadership in our church and school that are pillars of the truth as found in the Bible (1 Tim. 3:15). Since instructional leaders under the rule of Christ incur the strictest judgment (James 3:1), we seek to assist them with their own examination and help their followers by making sure we are one in life and doctrine (John 17:21). It is a great value knowing our teachers and leaders will not confuse us through contradiction. We want to lead the people of God as one voice, the same instruction, toward maturing in Christ and not astray through example or speech.

THE PROCEDURE: God commands everyone to examine himself before he approaches the communion table (1 Cor. 11:28).  Every Christian should be under constant self-evaluation according to the Word of God. The teacher/leader influence for good or bad is so significant, God requires stricter evaluation in the areas of doctrinal purity and moral integrity (Acts 20:28-30; 1 Thess. 5:12, 13; 1 Tim. 3:10; Titus 1:9; Heb. 13:7, 17).  Therefore, evaluation is necessary so that New Covenant Church and School remains pure and peaceful, steadfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord for the building up of his church in love.

We do not expect visitors, guests, friends or even every member of the New Covenant Church ministry to immediately find acceptance with all the doctrines of scripture we seek to teach, but we do expect our teachers/leaders to diligently present themselves as workmen approved of God who do not need to be ashamed through accurately handling the word of truth and living lives consistent with it (2 Tim. 2:15-19). 

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Life Evaluation
Do you long for the courts of the Lord every Christian Sabbath so you can participate in the worship of God, the preaching of his Word, the administration of his sacraments, prayer, and the fellowship of the saints? *
Do you love the body of Christ through encouragement, admonishment, forgiveness and by holding your tongue against gossip and critical speech? *
Are you a responsible financial steward of the resources God has given you, faithfully giving to God 10% or more as worship of him and love for his church? *
Will you be diligent to prepare scripturally accurate, culturally relevant, interesting lessons for those under your care? *
Can you recite some version of the Ten Commandments and do you seek to live by them? *
What is the approximate average frequency of your personal devotional times with God? *
Doctrine Evaluation
The Word of God which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testament, is the only rule to direct us in what we are to believe concerning God and in what duties he requires of us. That everyone can know where we stand and what we believe; that the elders who oversee us can give attention to our needs; and to better edify one another and grow in unity of doctrine, please select the appropriate response to the affirmation statements below. When reservations are stated, please understand that having reservations does not disqualify you for teaching/leading at New Covenant, it rather demonstrates, your honesty in helping us work toward the greatest possible unity we can obtain for the glory of Christ and the edification of his church.
Bible *
We are a Bible-guided people who work to listen to and understand what God says. The Bible is the Word of God verbally inspired and written to mankind in 66 books; infallible and inerrant truth, complete in all we are to believe and do for salvation from sin and living for God’s glory. The Bible is the ultimate and final authority over every matter to which it speaks. It is to be believed in all it teaches; obeyed in all it commands; and trusted in all it promises (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:19-21; 1 Cor. 2:7-14).
God *
We believe that there is one true God, eternally self-existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who know, love and glorify one another. These three are the same in substance, equal in power and glory. God is a Spirit, creator of all things, worthy to receive all glory and honor, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth (Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10, 11; Matt. 28:19; Luke 3:22; John 1:18; 4:24; 10:30; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 John 1:3, 4).
Jesus *
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ who without ceasing to be God became fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life to reveal God and to redeem his sinful people. He accomplished our redemption through his death on a cross as a substitutionary sacrifice acceptable to God the Father. He then bodily arose, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and ever lives in power and glory as advocate for his people. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man—salvation is found in no one else (Matt. 1:23; 28:6; Luke 1:35; 24:39; John 1:1, 2, 14; 8:58-59; 10:30; Acts 1:9; 2:22, 33; Rom. 3:24, 25; 4:25; 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:3-8; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:3; 7:25, 26; 9:24; 1 Pet. 1:3-5; 1 John 2:1, 2).
Sin *
We believe sin is any lack of conformity unto or transgression of the law of God. It is infinitely more than bad attitudes or dispositions. It is an infinite offense against the infinite and eternal law maker, God (Rom. 3:23; 1 John 3:4). Everyone is born dead in trespasses and sins and are without redemption until made alive together with Christ by the grace of God alone (Eph. 2:1-5).
Fall of Mankind *
We believe all man, male and female, are sinners, by voluntary transgression and by union to the father of mankind, Adam, and are totally unable to save themselves from sin’s bondage and God’s deserved wrath or to cooperate with God in efforts to earn salvation. Both original sin and actual sin earns us physical and spiritual death apart from the redeeming grace of God. Our supreme need is to be reconciled to the living God under whose righteous wrath we exist. Though sinful, we are all created in the image of God and are, therefore, spiritual, moral, social beings who think, act, value, and exercise dominion, called to reflect in finite ways what God is infinitely. As image-bearers of God, every person should be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity (Eph. 2:1; Gen. 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6-19; Rom. 3:22, 23; 5:12-19; Mark 12: 29-31; Luke 6:31).
God's Salvation Plan *
We believe that from all eternity, God determined to save from the penalty and bondage of sin, a great multitude of guilty sinners from every nation, tribe and tongue, and to this end he foreknew them and chose them to be his own. God’s salvation of man is a free gift only granted by his sovereign grace. Our only hope is that the blood and righteousness of Christ is applied to us by God’s grace and that we are enabled to receive it through repentance and faith. Once saved, believers are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ unto holiness (Luke 24:47; John 1:12; 3:3; 10:28, 29; Acts 13:48; Rom. 8:31-39; 10:11-15; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; 1 John 5:13).
Holy Spirit *
We believe for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary. The Holy Spirit indwells Christians and gives them the daily strength and wisdom they need to walk according to God’s will and to grow in holiness. Every genuine Christian is Spirit-filled, gifted by the Spirit, and manifests fruitful works of faith and repentance by the Spirit. Because of the Spirit, every time the Savior saves a sinner, the sinner gains the power of a saint who ministers regular love and service, to God and man (Luke 24:49; John 3:3-21; 4:23-24; Acts 1:8; 11:15-18; 1 Cor. 12:1-13:13; Gal. 3:16-26; Eph. 4:11-16; Titus 3:5; James 1:26, 27).
Church *
We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. The claims of Jesus Christ are best understood in connection with his people, not in isolation. The church is more than a useful means to grow, but should be seen as God's ordained institution by which the gospel is proclaimed and Christians become more like Christ and identified as Christ’s people. It is in the context of the church that all the means by which we grow are available. Beyond the faithful preaching and teaching of the word of God, the fellowship of the saints, and the benefits of ceaseless prayers, the church through its elders, deacons and membership, guards us, encourages us, and shepherds us. We cannot fully grow up into Christ unless we are in a local body of believers who submit to the church elders, are administered the word of God and the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper faithfully, and have the edification that only comes from the gifts of the Holy Spirit as expressed by each member of the body of Christ. Baptism is a sign and grace from Christ of our inclusion into the church body, distinguishing us as separate from the kingdom of Satan. The Lord’s Supper is real nourishment in all the benefits of Christ’s life and work for his people (Matt. 28:18-20; John 17:17-21; 1 Cor. 11:17-34; Eph. 2:19-22; 4:11-16; 1 Pet. 2:9, 10; 2 Pet. 3:18, 19).
Marriage & Gender Roles *
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. Males and females (like Adam and Eve) are made to complement each other in a one-flesh union upon marriage, establishing the only normative pattern of sexual relations to provide pleasure, restrain sin, reproduce children, rule over creation, and reflect God’s relationship between Christ and his church; and all for his glory. God designed men and women to assume distinctive roles, the male to be the husband exercising headship that displays the caring, sacrificial love of Christ, and the female to be the wife submitting to her husband in a way that models the love of the church for her Lord. Since creation, God has given the elder role within his church to qualified men only (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:18-25; Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-11, 18; 7:2-5; Eph. 5:22-33; 1 Tim. 3:1-16; Titus 1:5-9; Heb. 13:4).
Christian Living *
We believe it is the responsibility of every believer to be added to the membership of a local assembly of saints and to live for God’s glory as those devoted to his word, fellowship with his people, prayer and unselfish Christian service. As faithful members of God’s flock locally, we must live as directed by the word of God seeking to teach, learn and live all Christ commanded us, supporting his bride the church in the loving exercise of our spiritual gifts; giving wholehearted love to God in worship including the tithing of our financial resources (Mal. 3:8-12; Matt. 22:36-40; John 13:35; Acts 2:42-47; Rom. 12:1-21; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 6:20; Titus 2:11-14).
Last Things *
We believe in the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ at the consummation of history. Upon death, those who are saved are raised up unto everlasting life and those who have rejected Christ unto eternal damnation. There is a literal and physical heaven and hell. To die in Christ is to be immediately present with the Lord in heaven; to die unforgiven and bound in sin is to pass into conscious misery and torment forever separated from the mercy of the Lord in hell (Matt. 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-26; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 8:23; 1 Cor. 15:16-58; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Jude 6, 7; Rev. 20:11-15).
Satan *
We believe in the existence of Satan, a fallen angel, who is the open and declared enemy of God and man. He is not God's equal, but that of an angel; he is only a creature, and can do nothing without God's sovereign permission. The kingdom of God plunders Satan’s kingdom but the church needs to be aware of the hindrances that come from not resisting his adversarial, deceptive, and wicked schemes (Job 1:6-12; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; James 4:7; Acts 20:28-30; 1 Pet. 5:8, 9; 1 John 3:7-10; Rev. 12:7-9).
Unity *
We pray with Jesus for one unified church, though it is often obscured through the support or promotion of church denominations (John 17:20, 21). Church affiliations, like denominations along with their list of rules and orders, can undoubtedly distinguish us but they also divide the Christian family when we should be one (1 Cor. 1:10-13; Eph. 4:4; Matt. 15:9). Christ has called us to unity and peace not within denominations but without them. Every true and genuine local church of Christ is related to others; we are brothers and sisters in Christ! What we do affects the whole. There is to be a doctrinal unity practiced that the world sees as winning them to Christ (John 17:20, 21). Instead of believing and behaving a certain way because we are denominationally Baptist or Presbyterian or Anglican or something else, we submit to the Bible and our Lord and Master alone for how we must conduct ourselves as the household of God; and we trust all who are truly in Christ to do the same (1 Tim. 3:15).
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