WHAT IS COVENANT PARTNERSHIP AND WHY DO WE HAVE IT?

Mosaic exists to demonstrate our passion for God and His passion for people. We do that by Loving God, Loving People and Serving the World. When Jesus Christ called us to Himself for salvation (Second Corinthians 5:17-20), he also called us to the community of faith…the church (Ephesians 2:19). When the church is functioning well, we should look like the early church in the book of Acts where resources and daily lives were being shared so freely that the surrounding culture looked in and wondered what on earth was going on in there? We love the church because Jesus loves the church!

As Mosaic has grown to be a community of more than 2,500 people spread out across two campuses at five gatherings, the Elders/Pastors have realized the need to bring clarity to who call Mosaic home and definition to what that actually means. Covenant is the biblical language for an agreement or promise (Genesis 6, 9, 15; Ezekiel 20). Our Partnership Covenant gives the Elders/Pastors a chance to make some promises to you at the same time that you are making some promises to your church.

WHAT WE BELIEVE (DOCTRINE)

When trying to figure out if you can truly do life with a particular church, it is critically important that you know what that church believes. The following statements represent the most basic biblical and theological beliefs of Mosaic Church. We don’t expect everyone to understand every nuance of every word, especially if you are new to the whole Christ-Following thing. However, if you see something below that you explicitly reject, we would ask that you gracefully refrain from pursuing Covenant Partnership with Mosaic Church at this time. If you need guidance on a particular area of belief, speak to your Missional Community leader or an Elder.

• We believe in God the Father, Son and Spirit; creator and sustainer of all things that exist; being eternal and coequal persons. These three are the same in essence having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and are worthy of the same worship and obedience (Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6).

• We believe every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful in showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes and training us to live God’s way (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

• We believe that man was originally created in perfect community with God, free from sin. Man fell into sin by a voluntary act of personal disobedience to the revealed will of God. He lost his spiritual life, and became dead in sins and eternally separated from God (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:8, 12-21; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3).

• We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures and that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, salvation only occurs when a person places their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for their sin (John 1:29; 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18; Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 1:20-21:25; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34).

• We believe that if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (John 3:18;14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).

• We believe that the church is the body of Christ, the community of Christ followers, of which Jesus Christ is the Head. The members are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by demonstrating our passion for Him and His passion for people (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:23-25; Titus 3:14).

• We believe that we, the community of Christ followers, are called to be likeminded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose, doing nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility considering others better than ourselves. Each of us should look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2:1-11).

• We believe that the God who started this great work in us will keep working in us and bring it to completion on the very day Christ Jesus appears (Philippians 1:6).

THE ELDERS/PASTORS COVENANT WITH YOU TO…

• Appoint Elders and Deacons (including staff members) according to the scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4).

• Pursue the Spirit’s guidance as we lead the church and steward her resources
(Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-4).

• To care for the church by shepherding her well, praying for her, teaching the Scriptures, equipping people for ministry, protecting her from false teachers and lovingly exercising correction when necessary (Matthew 7:15; 18:15-20; 28:16-20; Ephesians 4:11-16; James 5:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Acts 20:27-31; 1 Corinthians 5; Galatians 6:1; 1 Timothy 1:3-7; 4:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; 1 John 4:1).

• To lead by example in following all that is found in the Partnership Covenant that you sign (Philippians 3:17; 1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 2:7-8; 1 Peter 5:3).

YOU COVENANT WITH THE CHURCH TO…

• Read Scripture regularly and prayerfully submit to its authority in your life (Psalm 119; Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).

• Follow the commands of Scripture and example of Jesus by taking part in the Sacraments of the church such as communion and baptism after your profession of faith. (Acts 2:38; 10:48; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 11:24-27).

• Take part in our weekend worship gatherings and more importantly…to be active in a Missional Community during the week (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:23-25). NOTE: You can join a missional community by filling out the form found here: www.thisismosaic.org/community

• Serve in some way in the church (such as Mosaic Kids, Hospitality, Bands, Tech, etc.) (Titus 3:14). NOTE: You can start serving by filling out the form found here: www.thisismosaic.org/serve

• Carefully oversee the resources God has given you and give financially regularly, sacrificially, and cheerfully (Matthew 25:14-20; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8-9; 1 Peter 4:10-11). NOTE: You can give financially to the church via our public website, MCB or depositing checks and cash in properly labled envelopes in the boxes at the back of the gathering space. You can also mail checks to: Mosaic Church | PO Box 1098 | Oakland, FL | 34760.

• Submit to the discipline of God within the church when other Christ-Followers and our Elders/Pastors approach you biblically with concerns and follow the biblical guidelines when you yourself need to approach others who are in sin, avoiding gossip at all costs (Psalm 141:5; Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; Hebrews 12:5-11).

HOW DO I BECOME AN OFFICIAL COVENANT PARTNER?

Fill out the online form

• Request a physical copy from a Blue Shirt at any gathering or by emailing gabef@thisismosaic.org

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I FILL OUT THE FORM?

Because we truly care for you and because we take Covenant Partnership very seriously, the Elders/Pastors will ensure that you are currently involved in a missional community, currently serving somewhere in the church and currently contributing financially to the mission and vision of Mosaic Church. If you are in process on any of those items, briefly explain the situation and an Elder/Pastor or Deacon will follow up with you.

Once everything is confirmed we will change your designation on MCB to “covenant partner” and let you know via email, MCB mail or regular mail that your covenant partnership is complete and approved. We will also let your Missional Community group leaders know so that they can celebrate with you! There are no discounts on oil changes or special handshakes that only partners learn. Covenant Partnership at Mosaic is a statement of agreement with and excitement about our mission and vision in this world. It is a way of stating officially and unequivocally “I am on board! I’m with you! I’m all in!” We can’t wait to see how God uses you to have a Gospel impact on the world around us within and through the community of Mosaic Church!