Believing that the Spirit of God (Rom 8:14) has brought us to repent of our sins and believe in Jesus Christ (Jn 1:12) as our Lord and Savior (2 Pet 3:18), and having been baptized upon our profession of faith (Heb 10:23) in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Mt 28:19), we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully covenant with one another as one body in Christ (Rom 12:5).
We will be devoted to the triune God through spending time in His Word, prayer, and biblical fellowship (Acts 2:42); pursuing Him as the center of our lives and families (Col 3:4); actively sharing our faith with our relatives, friends, and acquaintances (Lk 24:45-49); abstaining from all practices which bring unwarranted harm to the physical body or jeopardize our own or another believer’s faith (Rom 13:8-15:7; 1 Cor 8:9-13); and being just in our dealings, merciful in our engagements, and humble in our walk with God (Mic 6:8).
We will strive to walk together in brotherly love; to habitually gather together so as to exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other (Heb 10:24-25); to faithfully encourage and admonish one another in obedience to the Spirit; in keeping with the Bylaws; for the advancement of this church as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines.
We will labor to present one another and those under our care, mature in Christ before God (Eph. 4:13, Col. 1:28); to rejoice with those who rejoice and bear each other’s burdens and sorrows with tenderness and sympathy (Rom. 12:15); to be slow to anger, slow to speak, and quick to listen (Jam. 1:19); to be slow to take offense and quick to reconcile and forgive (Eph. 4:32); to live carefully in the world, denying ungodly and worldly lusts (Rom. 6:12-13, Titus 2:11-14).
We will steward our time and abilities for the good of the church and will 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. (Rom. 12:1-21, 1 Th. 5:8-24).
We will, when we move from this place, as soon as possible, notify the elders of this church and covenant with another church faithful to the principles of God’s Word.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen (2 Cor. 13:14).