The church covenant is a voluntary agreement by members of a Baptist church whereby they promise to conduct their lives in such a way as to glorify God and promote the ongoing of His church. Every member should study it carefully, refer to it often, and seek to live by it.
Having been lead as we believe, by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14-15), to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour (John 1:12-13), and on the profession of our faith (Hebrews 4:14), having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19), we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully (Acts 2:41) enter into covenant with one another (Hebrews 8:10-12), as one body in Christ (Colossians 1:18).
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love (John 16:13; Romans 8:14); to strive for the advancement of this church (Hebrews 10:25), in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality (Romans 12:6-11); to sustain it’s worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines (II Timothy 3:16-17; Jude 1:3; Hebrews 13:17); 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 (Malachi 3;8-11; Matthew 23;23; II Corinthians 8:5-12; 9:6-8; I John 3:17).
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Proverbs 22:6; Genesis 10:17-18); to walk circumspectly in the world (Ephesians 5:15); to be just in our dealings; faithful in our engagements (Romans 13:8), and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling (I Timothy 5:13), backbiting (Romans 1:28-30), and excessive anger (II Corinthians 12:20); to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour (Ephesians 5:16-18).
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love (Hebrews 13:1); to remember one another in prayer (I Thessalonians 5:25); to aid one another in sickness and distress (I John 3:17; James 1:27); to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech (Proverbs 15:1); to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation (Romans 12:21), and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay (Matthew 18:15-17).
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 (Ecclesiastes 5:4-5) and the principles of God’s Word. (Matthew 28:20; Romans 1:31).