29 4 C H U R C H O R D E R 32 We want our daily life together to be inspired and led by the Holy Spirit. Order and discipline are fruits of this, for “God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” Accordingly, a certain church order has been estab- lished in our communities based on Scripture and the example of the early church and shaped by the Anabaptist tradition and our own experience. No system of church order or organization, however good in itself, should ever be allowed to hold back the leading of the spirit of Christ. We belong first and foremost to him. He is the head of the church, and he supersedes all human authorities and traditions. His body is no organization, but a living organism. Becoming a Member 33 Membership in our church community is for life. It is entered into by taking vows. Through our vows, John 16:12–13; Eph 5:18–21 Col 2:2–5 1 Cor 14:33 niv 2 Tim 1:13–14 Mark 7:6–9 1 Cor 2:2–5 Eph 1:22–23 Col 2:8–23 1 Cor 12:12–27; Eph 4:11–16 John 17:20–21; Acts 2:42