Church Covenant

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Our Church Covenant, as hand written in the first pages of the first church record book - 1844

Having been, as we trust, brought by divine grace to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ, and to give up ourselves wholly to Him, we do now solemnly and joyfully covenant with each other, to walk together in Him with brotherly love, to His glory as our common Lord.

We do therefore, in His strength, engage that we will exercise a mutual care, as members one of another, to promote the growth of the whole body in Christian knowledge, holiness and comfort; to the end that we may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

That to promote and secure this object, we will uphold the public worship of God and the ordinances of His house, and hold constant communion with each other therein: that we will constantly contribute of our property for the support of the poor, and for the maintenance of a faithful ministry of the Gospel among us.

That we will not omit closet and family religion at home, nor allow ourselves in the too common neglect of the great duty of religiously training up our children, and those under our care, with a view to the service of Christ and the enjoyment of heaven.

That we will walk circumspectly in the world, that we may win their souls; remembering that God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind: that we are the light of the world, and the salt of the earth, and that a city set on a hill cannot be hid.

That we will frequently exhort and, if occasion shall require, admonish one another according to Matthew XVIII, in the spirit of meekness; and considering ourselves lest we also be tempted and that as in baptism we have been buried with Christ and risen again, so there is on us a special obligation henceforth to walk in newness of life.

And may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do His will; working in us that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.