Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:14) to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior (Matt. 10:40; Gal. 4:14; I Thess. 2:13) and on the profession of our faith (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:37) having been baptized in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19), 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 of Christ (I Cor. 12:13).
We covenant, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; John 16:13) to walk together in Christian love (Eph. 5:2; I Thess. 4:9); to strive for the advancement of this Church (Eph. 2:21) in knowledge (II Peter 3:18), holiness (II Cor. 7:1), and comfort (I Thess. 5:14); to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship (Heb. 10:25; Jude 19), ordinances, discipline (II Thess. 3:6; Rom. 16:17), and doctrines (Acts 2:42; II John 9-11); and to contribute cheerfully and regularly (I Cor. 16:2) to the support of the ministry (Matt. 10:10; Gal. 6:6), the expenses of the Church (Acts 4:34, 35), the relief of the poor (Matt. 25:40), and the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations (Acts 11:29). We also covenant to maintain family (Deut. 11:18, 20) and personal (Matt. 6:6) devotions; to educate our children toward godliness (Eph. 6:4); to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances (Mark 5:19); to walk circumspectly in the world (Matt. 5:16; Eph. 5:15); to be just in our dealings (Rom. 12:17), faithful in our engagements (Eph. 4:25), and exemplary in our conduct (Eph. 5:8); to avoid tattling (I Tim 5:13; Eph. 4:31), backbiting (II Cor 12:20), and excessive anger (Eph 4:26); to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage (Eph. 5:18; I Cor. 6:10); and to be zealous in our efforts to edify the Body of Christ.
We further covenant to watch (I Thess. 5:14) over one another in brotherly love (Rom. 12:10); to remember each other in prayer (Eph 6:18; I Thess. 5:25); to aid each other in sickness and distress (Gal. 6:10); to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling (I Cor. 12:25, 26) and courtesy in speech (Titus 3:2); to be slow to take offense (Rom. 12:19); to be always ready for reconciliation and, mindful of the rules of our Saviour, to secure it without delay (Matt. 5:23; Matt. 18:15-17).
We moreover covenant 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.