Having received the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, being born again through the personal work of God the Holy Spirit, and thus entered into a new and eternal relationship with our Creator. Having followed our Lord in obedience of Scriptural baptism. Sincerely desiring to be obedient to the teachings of God's Holy Word. We do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, willfully enter into this covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We covenant therefore, by the aide of the Holy Spirit: to walk together in Christ's love; to strive for the advancement of this Church; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to support its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the needy, and the spread of the Gospel unto all nations.
We covenant to maintain family and personal devotions; to faithfully educate our children in the ways of the Lord; to seek the salvation of our family members, friends, and acquaintances; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior and to be obedient to His Lordship.
We covenant to conduct ourselves in a pure Christian manner in the world; to be just, faithful, honest, and above reproach in our personal as well as in matters of business; to refrain from lotteries and other types of gambling; to uphold the sanctity of the home and abhor the practice and promotion of fornication through pornography, sodomy, adultery, incest, and pre-marital relationships; to avoid all gossip, excessive anger, and disorderly conduct; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks, tobacco, and drugs;
We covenant to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to promote Christian love and sympathy in behavior and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, remembering the love of our Savior who has forgiven and reconciled us to Himself.
We covenant that when we remove from this place we will as soon as possible unite with another Church of like faith and practice, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.
(Our church's original church covenant from 1855)
Having been, as we trust, brought by divine grace to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ, and to give up ourselves wholly to him; we do now solemnly and joyfully covenant with each other, to walk together in him with brotherly love, to his glory as our common Lord. We do, therefore, in his strength engage,
That we will exercise a mutual care, as members one of another, to promote the growth of the whole body in Christian knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to the end that we may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
That to promote and secure this object, we will uphold the public worship of God and the ordinance of his house; and hold constant communion with each other therein; that we will cheerfully contribute of our property for the support of the poor, and for the maintenance of a faithful ministry of the Gospel among us.
That we will not omit closet and family religion at home, nor allow ourselves in the too common neglect of the great duty of religiously training up our children, and those under our care, with a view to the service of Christ, and the enjoyment of heaven.
That we will walk circumspectly in the world, that we may win their souls; remembering that God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind; that we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth, and that a city set on a hill cannot be hid.
That we will frequently exhort, and if occasion shall require, admonish one another, according to Matthew 18th, in the spirit of meekness; considering ourselves lest we also be tempted, and that as in baptism we have been buried with Christ, and raised again; so there is on us a special obligation henceforth to walk in newness of life.
And may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do his will; working in us that which is well pleasing in his sight through Jesus Christ: to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.