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, ordanances, 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 and use of, intox-
icating drinks as a beverage; 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 offence, 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.