Church Covenant

A. Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, and on the public profession of our faith, having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

B. We covenant therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of the church, in knowledge, holiness, and service; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; 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.

C. We also covenant to maintain family and personal devotions; to train our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our conduct; to avoid all gossiping, backbiting and unrighteous anger.  While we believe that abstaining from the use of alcohol as a beverage may be the best testimony in most circumstances, the Bible does not forbid the use of alcohol as a beverage.  This liberty like other Christian liberties must be limited by our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and any such use should not lead to the intoxication of the person or anyone else associated with the circumstance.  Furthermore, it must not cause a weaker brother or sister to stumble into sin.  If these parameters of love and protection of the brothers and sisters in Christ are violated, the use of alcohol should be avoided.  To maintain an unquestionable testimony in all circumstances, alcohol as a beverage will not be permitted at any church sponsored or hosted function.  (Ephesians 5:18; 1 Timothy 3:3, 8; Titus 11 Timothy 5:23; Proverbs 20:1; Proverbs 23:29-35)

D. We further covenant to watch over one another in brotherly love, giving and receiving admonition with meekness and affection; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another 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 and mindful of the commands of our Savior, and to secure reconciliation without delay.

E. We moreover covenant 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 and the principles of God’s Holy Word.