Having been led by the Spirit of God to repent of our sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; we do now solemnly and joyfully make this covenant with one another.
With the help of the Holy Spirit:
We will submit to the authority of the Bible as the final word on all matters of life and doctrine (2 Tim. 3:14-17).
We will seek to grow in godliness through regular Bible intake and prayer (1 Tim. 4:7; Josh. 1:8; Ps. 1:2; Ps. 119:1-176; Matt. 4:4; John 17:17; Col. 3:16; 1 Thess. 5:17; Eph. 6:18; Col. 4:2).
We will regularly gather together to worship God and build one another up in Christ (Heb. 10:24-25).
We will walk together in brotherly love and maintain the unity of the Spirit. We will work together for the building up of this church in knowledge, love, and holiness. We will use our spiritual gifts for the common good of the church (John 13:34-35; Rom. 14:19; Eph. 4:2-3; 1 Cor. 1:10; 1 Cor. 14:12, 26; Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 1 Cor. 12:4-7).
We will work together to promote a faithful gospel ministry in this church, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, doctrine, and discipline. We will contribute cheerfully, generously, and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel to all nations (Mal. 3:8-12; Phil. 1:27; 1 Cor. 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 8:1-7; 2 Cor. 9:6-7).
We will exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over one another. We will rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep, helping to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows. We will confess our sins to one another, pray for one another, and provide help to those who are in need. We will speak the truth in love as we faithfully warn, rebuke, admonish, and forgive one another with all gentleness and humility. We will be slow to take offense and quick to pursue reconciliation (Rom. 12:10-15; Gal. 6:2; James 5:16; Eph. 4:15; 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Cor. 5:1-2; Heb. 3:12-14; Prov. 19:11; Col. 3:13; 1 Pet. 4:8).
We will use our words to build up and bless each other rather than engaging in gossip or speaking ill of others (Rom. 14:19; 1 Thess. 5:11; Eph. 4:29-32).
We will respect the spiritual leadership of the pastors/elders/overseers as those who will give an account for our souls (1 Tim. 3:1-7; 1 Tim. 5:17-19; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 5:5).
We will seek to live carefully in this world, denying ungodliness and worldly passions. We will strive to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age, as we wait for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:11-13; 1 Pet. 1:14-16).
We will bring up those under our care in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Deut. 6:4-7; Eph. 6:4).
We will seek to proclaim the gospel and make disciples in our homes, communities, and to the ends of the earth in whatever way the Lord enables us (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:16-21).
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen (2 Cor. 13:14).