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 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 its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinance, 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 our 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 efforts 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 rules 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.

We accept the Statement of the Church and commit ourselves to God and to our fellow members to direct our lives in accordance with the following four principles:

To Serve the Ministry of Our Church

  • By discovering our gifts and talents (1 Peter 4:10-11)
  • By being disciples to Serve (Ephesians 4:11-12)
  • By developing a servant’s heart and participating in Ministry (Mark 10:45)

To Share the Responsibility of our Church

  • By praying for its spiritual and physical growth (1 Thessalonians 1:2; 5:17)
  • By inviting the unchurched to attend (Luke 14:23)
  • By warmly welcoming and befriending those who visit (Romans 15:7)

To Protect the Unity of our Church

  • By acting in love toward other members (Romans 15:5, 1 Peter 1:22)
  • By encouraging each other in word and deed and refraining from unwholesome talk (Ephesians 4:29)
  • By following the Church Leaders as they follow Christ (Hebrews 13:17)

To Support the Testimony of our Church

  • By attending faithfully (Hebrews 10:24-25)
  • By living a Godly Life (2 Corinthians 7:1)
  • By giving regularly (1 Corinthians 16:2, Leviticus 27:30)

 

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