Having Been Led As We Believe.
The church is called to live and act differently. In agreeing to a covenant, we agree to be held accountable by a body of believers.
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, 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 unity; to give it a place in our affections, prayers, and services above every organization of human origin; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, towards its expenses, for the support of the ministry, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. In case of difference of opinion, we will strive to avoid contentious spirits and if we cannot agree, we will defer to decisions made according to the Word of GOD, upholding unity of the body as Christ desires for His church.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to study diligently the word of God; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to abstain from behavior and thoughts contrary to the Christian walk; to be just in our dealings and faithful in service to others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good will towards mankind to exemplify and commend our holy faith. We believe in the sanctity of all forms of human life and will strive to preserve and honor it according to God’s Holy Word.
We further engage to watch over and pray for one another in Christian love; to exhort each other unto every good word and work; to guard each other's reputation; to participate in each other's joys and with tender sympathy bear one another’s burdens and sorrows; to cultivate Christian courtesy; to be slow to give or take offense but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to secure it without delay; and through life, to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
When we remove from this place, we will engage, as soon as possible, to unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.