Covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ, as our Savior, and, on the profession of our faith, having been immersed in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

 

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote it’s prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the    support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

 

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our effort to advance the kingdom of our Savior.

 

We further engage to watch over one another in  brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the laws of our Savior, to secure it without delay.

 

We, moreover, engage that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant, and the principles of God’s Word.