Having been brought by God’s grace to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, we now, depending upon the Holy Spirit, joyfully establish this covenant with one another.
In all we do, we will aim to glorify and enjoy the God of our salvation, giving Him the preeminence in all things. (1 Cor. 10:31; Rom. 11:36; Col. 1:17-18)
We will eagerly maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace by walking together in love and in the Spirit and by putting away all bitterness, anger, and injurious speech. (Eph. 4:3; Gal. 5:16, 25; Eph. 4:29, 31)
With humility and gentleness, patience and love, we will be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, never taking legal action against another member. (Eph. 4:1-2; Luke 17:3; 1 Cor. 6:1-8; Col. 3:13; 1 Thess. 5:11; 1 Pet. 1:22)
We will carry each other’s burdens, rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep. (Gal. 6:2; Rom. 12:15)
We will train our children in the instruction of the Lord, seeking to walk in a way that adorns the gospel of Christ before our family, friends, and neighbors. (Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4; 1 Pet. 3:1)
We will strive to live self-controlled, holy, and godly lives in this present age, as we wait for the blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. (Gal. 5:22-24; Titus 2:12; 1 Pet. 1:14)
We will not neglect to gather together, but will support and treasure the biblical preaching of the whole counsel of God, the faithful observance of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and the loving exercise of church discipline. (Heb. 10:25; 2 Tim. 4:2; Acts 2:38; 1 Cor. 11:26; Matt 18:17; 1 Cor. 5:13)
We will contribute cheerfully and generously to the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the advancement of the gospel both to our neighbors and the nations. (Matt. 28:19; Luke 12:33; 2 Cor. 9:7)
We will, when we move from this place, unite as soon as possible with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
In all these things, we rely on our God who has made a new and everlasting covenant with us, saying: “And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good ; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good… with my whole heart and with my whole soul.” (Jer. 32:38-41)
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