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 the 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 and holiness; 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, as God has prospered us, towards its expenses, for the support
of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor, and
spread of the Gospel throughout the world. In case of difference of opinion
in the church, we will strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we
cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the
majority to govern.
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 acquaintance; to walk circumspectly in
the world; to be kind and just to those in our employ, and faithful in the
service we promise others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good
will towards all men to exemplify and commend our holy faith.
We further engage to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each
other unto every good word and work; to guard each other’s reputation,
not needlessly exposing the infirmities of others; 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 rules of the Savior
in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and
through life, amid evil report, and good report, 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 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.