"To spread the good news of Jesus to a dying world"

Church covenant

Minister: By what common and gracious experiences do we enter into spiritual fellowship and covenant relations with God and with one another? Congregation: 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 a covenant with one another as one body in Christ. Minister: What is the great bond of our union with God and with each other? Congregation: We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love. Minister: What are our great privileges and duties in this our church? Congregation: To strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality, to sustain its worship, ordinances, disciplines and doctrines. Minister: What vows do we gladly make as stewards of that which God has entrusted to us? Congregation: 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 throughout all nations. Minister: For the sake of our homes and loved ones, what gracious task do we humbly assume? Congregation: We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions, to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances. Minister: For the sake of the unsaved for whom our Saviour died, to what manner of life and conversation are we solemnly and sincerely pledged? Congregation: To walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportments; and to avoid all tattling, backbiting, excessive anger, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour. Minister: Since one is our master, even Christ, and all we are brethren, by what fraternal ministries are we to strengthen each other and adore the teachings of our Lord and Saviour? Congregation: We further engage to watch over one another 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, to seek it without delay. Minister: What is our obligation should we move from this place? Congregation: We further engage, that moving from this place we will as soon as possible untie with some like church, where we can carry out the Spirit of the Covenant, and the principles of God's Word. All: Humbly confessing our past sins, we pray for grace and strength to keep these our Holy vows, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.