C hu r ch O r d e r 35 39 Vows of membership are made in the spirit of the traditional monastic vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience: Poverty: We pledge to give up all property and to live simply, in complete freedom from possessions. Chastity: We pledge to uphold sexual purity and, if married, to stay faithful in the bond of marriage between one man and one woman for life. Obedience: We pledge to yield ourselves up in obedience to Christ and our brothers and sisters, promising to serve the church community wherever and however we are asked. 40 Vows of membership are made publicly, to God and before the church community, by answering the following questions: 1. Do you promise to proclaim Jesus in word and deed, for the rest of your life? 2. Are you certain that this way of brotherly and sisterly community, based on a firm faith in God and in Jesus Christ, is the way to which God has called you? 3. Are you willing, for the sake of Christ, to put yourself completely at the disposal of the church community to the end of your life – all your faculties, the entire strength of your body and Luke 12:32–34; 2 Cor 9:7–8 Matt 6:25–32 Matt 5:27–32; 1 Cor 6:9–10 Heb 13:4 Matt 19:3–9 1 Pet 1:1–2 John 13:13–17; Eph 5:21 Mark 16:15–20; Luke 12:8–9 Rom 1:14–17; 15:17–20 2 Tim 1:12 John 15:15–17 Rom 12:1–2