Church 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 baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:6,8,11; Matt. 28:19-20), 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 Jesus (Rom. 12:5; Col. 1:18,24).


We engage therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love (1 Cor. 1:10); to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge (2 Pet. 3:18; 2 Tim. 2:15), holiness (Rom. 12:1-2), and comfort (1 Thess. 5:11-14); to promote its prosperity and spirituality (1 Cor. 14:26; Gal. 5:16,22-23); to sustain its worship (John 4:24; Heb. 10:25), ordinances (Acts 2:41-42; Matt. 28:19), discipline (Matt. 18:15-17; 2 Thess. 3:6; 1 Cor. 5:13; Titus 3:10), and doctrines (Matt. 28:20; Acts 2:42; Jude 3); to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor (2 Cor. 9:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2; 1 Cor. 9:13-14; Acts 11:27-30), and the spread of the gospel through all nations (Acts 11:22; Acts 13:1-14; Acts 14:25-28; 2 Cor. 8).


We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion (Rom. 12:12; Col. 4:2); to religiously educate our children (Eph. 6:4); to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances (Prov. 11:30; Matt. 28:19; Rev. 22:17); to walk circumspectly in the world (Eph. 5:15); to be just in our dealings (1 Cor. 4:1; Rom. 13:7), faithful in our engagements (1 Cor. 4:2; 1 Tim. 2:2), and exemplary in our deportment (Titus 2:2-6); to avoid all tattling (Prov. 18:8; Prov. 26:20; 1 Tim. 5:13), backbiting (2 Cor. 12:20), and excessive anger (Col. 3:8; Eph. 4:26); to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage (Prov. 23:29-31; Eph. 5:18), and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior (2 Cor. 9:2).


We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love (Rom. 12:10); to remember each other in prayer (James 5:10); to aid each other in sickness and distress (1 Cor. 4:6); to cultivate Christian sympathy in feelings and courtesy in speech (Col. 4:6; Titus 2:18); to be slow to take offense (Prov. 16:32); but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay (Matt. 18:15-16; Eph. 4:32).


We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with another church of like faith and order, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's word (Heb. 10:24,25).