What We Believe
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 baptized 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 (John 13:34 – 35) to strive for the advancement of this church (Phil.1:27 2 Tim. 2:15 2 Cor. 7:1 2 Peter 3:11) , in knowledge, holiness, and comfort to promote its prosperity and spirituality (Phil.1:27 2 Tim. 2:15 2 Cor. 7:1 2 Peter 3:11) to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines (Heb. 10:25 Matt. 28:19 I Cor. 11:23-26 Jude 3) to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry ( 1 Cor. 16:2 2 Cor. 9:6-7) , 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 (1 Thess. 5:17-18 Acts 17:11) to religiously educate our children (2 Tim. 3:15 Deut. 6:4-7) 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 (Eph. 5:15 Phil. 2:14-15 I Peter 2:11-12) , and exemplary in our deportment (Acts 1:8 Matt. 4:19 Psalm 126:5-6 Prov. 11:30) to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger (Eph. 4:31 I Peter 2:21 Col. 3:8 James 3:1-2) to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage (Eph. 5:18 Hab. 2:15) and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior (Titus 2:14) .
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love (I Peter 1:22) to remember each other in prayer (James 5:16) to aid each other in sickness and distress (Gal. 6:2, James 2:14-17) to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech (I Peter 3:8) to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay (Eph. 4:30 – 32) .
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We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some church (Acts 11:19-21 18:24-28), where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word (Heb. 10:25 Matt. 28:19 I Cor. 11:23-26 Jude 3).
A church covenant is a promise – a promise made to God, to a local church, and to one’s self, it is a summary of how we agree to live.