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, 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, 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, ordinances, 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 of, and use of,
intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance
the kingdom of our Saviour.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember
one another in prayer, to aid one another in sickness and distress; to
cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling, and Christian courtesy in speech; to
be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of
the rules of our Saviour 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.