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 Ghost, 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, 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, to 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 substance abuse of all kinds, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage, to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech: to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, 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 principles of god's Word. And now under Him, who brought again from the dead, Our Lord Jesus, be power and glory forever, Amen.
The obligations of church membership outlined in the covenant are all scriptural, as may be seen from the following study
I. Salvation and Baptism (John 1:11-12; Matt. 28:19-20)
II. Duties to the Church
- To walk together in Christian love (John 13:34-35)
- To strive for the advancement of the church and promote its prosperity and spirituality (Phil. 1:27; 2 Tim. 2:15; 2 Cor. 7:1; 2 Peter 3:11)
- To sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrine (Heb. 10:25; Matt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 1:23-26; Jude 3)
- To give it pre-eminence in my life (Matt. 6:33)
- To contribute cheerfully and regularly (1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 8:6-7)
- To carry my membership when I move and be active in church work wherever I live (Acts 11:19-21; 18:24-28)
III. Duties in Personal Christian Living
- To maintain family and secret devotions (1 Thess. 5:17-18; Acts 17:11)
- To religiously educate the children (2 Tim. 3:15; Deut. 6:4-7)
- To seek the salvation of the lost (Acts 1:8; Matt. 4:19; Psalm 126:5-6; Prov. 11:30)
- To walk circumspectly (cautiously) in the world, and to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment (Eph. 5:15; Phil. 2:14-15; 1 Peter 2:11-12)
- To avoid gossip and excessive anger (Eph. 4:31; 1 Peter 2:21; Col. 3:8; James 3:1-2)
- To abstain from sale or use of liquors. (Eph. 5:18; Hab. 2:15)
- To be zealous in our efforts for Christ (Titus 2:14)
IV. Duties to Fellow Members
- To watch over one another in love (1 Peter 1:22)
- To pray for one another (James 5:16)
- To aid in sickness and distress (Gal. 6:2; James 2:14-17)
- To cultivate sympathy and courtesy (1 Peter 3:8)
- To be slow to take offense, always ready for reconciliation (Eph. 4:30-32)
V. 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 the covenant and the principles of God’s word.