Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour; and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy spirit, 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 and holiness; to give it a place in our affections, prayer and service above every organization of human origin; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, towards its expense, for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. In case of difference of opinion in the church, we will strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the majority to govern.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to study diligently the word of God; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be kind and just tho those in our employ, and faithful in the service we promise others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good will towards all men to exemplify and commend our holy faith.
We further engage to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each other unto every good word and work; to guard each other's reputation, not needlessly exposing the infirmities of others; to participate in each other's joys, and with tender sympathy bear one another's burdens and sorrows; to cultivate Christian courtesy; to be slow to give or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the rules of the Savior in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and through life, amid evil report, and good report, to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness unto his marvelous light.
When we remove from this place, we engage as soon as possible to unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's word.
Our Core Values, which both describe and determine what we
will do, are summarized in the following statements:
CHRIST – CENTERED
We believe that Jesus Christ, the highest and clearest revelation of GOD, is the ultimate point of reference for making personal and collective decisions. [Mark 9:1-8]
BIBLICALLY – BASED
We believe that the Christian Scriptures are authoritative in all matters of belief and practice. [ 2Timothy 3:16]
MISSION – ORIENTED
We believe that Christ has called and equipped us to minister to the needs of the people, both within and beyond our congregation. [Matthew 28:18-20]
CULTURALLY – RELEVANT
We believe that the gospel should be packaged in the cultural forms which the “target audience” identifies. [1 Corinthians 9:16-23]
We believe that God has shaped each believer so as to fulfill His purpose for the church and the world. [Ephesians 4:1-17]
EXCELLENCE IN MINISTRY
We believe that Christ has called and equipped us to minister to the needs of the people, both within and beyond our congregation. [Malachi 1:6-14]
PARTNERING THROUGH PRAYER
We believe that God works change, personal and societal, through the prayers of believers. [Acts 12:5-17]