Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of our 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 covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; and 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.
We also engage to maintain family and private devotions; to religiously educate our children; to see the salvation of our kindred, acquaintances, and all others; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful to our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain and be free from all oath-bound secret societies and partnerships with unbelievers; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayers; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy of speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, and the secure reconciliation without delay.
We moreover engage, that when we remove from this church, we will as soon as possible unite with some other like-minded church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of Godís word.
ARTICLES OF FAITH
We believe the Holy Bible to be the source of truth. We believe the writings of the Old and New Testaments, as originally written, were verbally inspired, thereby making God the author of the Bible. We believe that God has preserved His words without error and that we have Godís Word and words in the original Biblical languages of today. (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:19-21)
We believe that God is the Creator and sustainer of all. We believe in his triune being, in essence, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and in Him being the one and only GOD. (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 83:18, 139:7-9 Matthew 28)
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the second person of the triune being, the Eternal Word and only begotten Son. (John 1:1,14; 3:16, Matthew 1:18-25, Galatians 4:4,5)
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who is the third Person of the Trinity, and the divine agent in nature, revelation and redemption. (John 3:5; 14:16-17;26; 16:7-14)
We believe that all men are by nature and choice sinful and lost: (Genesis 1:27; 3:6, Romans 3:23, 5:12)
We believe in salvation by grace through faith; that salvation is the free gift of God, neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any virtue or work of man, but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8,9 Titus 3:5 )
We believe in Satan, in his creation, his demise, and in his existence. (Isaiah 14:12-15)
We believe in the Second Coming of Christ; that his coming in the air to rapture His Church, which is our blessed Hope, is imminent. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18 James 5:8)
We believe in eternity, for the saved and the unsaved. We believe in future life, bodily resurrection for the believer and eternal judgment for the unbeliever. (I Corinthians 15 II Corinthians 5:8-10 Luke 16:19-23)
We believe in the Priesthood of the Believer. (John 14:6 Hebrews 4:16 I Peter 2:1,5,9)
We believe in the local New Testament church. (Acts 2:41,42 I Corinthians 11:2)
We believe in the separation of Church and State. (Matthew 22:21 Romans 13:1-7)
We believe in the two ordinances of the New Testament, Baptism and the Lordís Supper. (Matthew 28:19,20 Acts 2:41, Matthew 26:26-30, I Corinthians 11:23-34)