The Inquirer’s Class is offered annually during the Sunday School hour. It is an opportunity for those new to NCPC to learn more about the background and “inner workings” of our church, and includes instruction in church doctrine, government, and membership responsibilities. This class is required for those wishing to become members of NCPC, but if you take this class there is no obligation to join the church.
Once you have completed the class, if you wish to become a member of New Covenant you will be asked to come before the elders sitting in session for an interview, where you will be asked to share your testimony of faith in Jesus Christ and show your understanding of basic Christian doctrine. On the basis of your credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ and your credible promise to submit to His laws, you will be joyfully received into the membership of His visible church at New Covenant as a communing member, where you and your household will enjoy the benefits of living in covenant life and blessing with the people of God.
You will be encouraged to grow in your Christian walk with the Lord in the following ways:
-To grow in the knowledge of the Lord by prayer, by sustained study of the Scriptures, and by faithful participation in Christian Education classes on Lord’s Day mornings.
-To attend worship services faithfully and to expect rich blessings by participating in the sacraments faithfully and with understanding.
-To participate actively in the life of New Covenant Presbyterian Church by attending congregational meetings, by joining in regular fellowship, and by serving the body as needs and opportunities for service arise.
-To bring the whole tithe to New Covenant Presbyterian Church, giving beyond the tithe as the Lord may lead and make possible.
-To grow in awareness of the work of Chesapeake Presbytery and the PCA General Assembly by reading selected publications and news, announcements, and deliberations published on their respective websites.
Soon after your reception into membership by the elders, you will be asked to publicly profess your faith before men in obedience to our Lord as you respond to the membership vows taken before God and the congregation during our morning worship service:
1.Who is your Lord and Savior?
2.Do you acknowledge yourselves to be sinners in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope save in His sovereign mercy?
2.Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?
3.Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ?
4.Do you promise to support the church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?
5.Do you submit yourselves to the government and discipline of the church, and promise to study its purity and peace?