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 and holiness; to give
it a place in our affections, prayers and services above every organization of human
origin; to sustain it's worship, ordinances discipline and doctrine; to contribute
cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, towards it's expenses, of the
support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor and
the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. In case of difference of opinion in the
church, 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 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.