What We Believe

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the

Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour; and on the profession of our faith, hav-

Ing 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 its worship, ordinances, dis-

cipline 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 the 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 reputa-

tion, 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

Saviour 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.