Having been led, as we believe, by divine grace to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ, as the one and only Son of God, and to give ourselves completely to Him and having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with each other to walk together in Him with brotherly love to His glory as our common Lord.
Therefore, in His strength we make the following commitments:
We will humbly practice mutual accountability and compassionately care for one another in order to promote the growth of the whole body in Christian knowledge, purity, and love until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity (1 Cor 12:25; Eph 4:13).
We will regularly practice the corporate worship of God and the ordinances of the Church which are Baptism and Communion (Heb 10:24-25).
We will intentionally support and maintain individual spiritual devotion and family discipleship so that our children and those under our care will be led into the service of Christ and the enjoyment of His eternal Kingdom (Deut 6:4-9).
We will cheerfully give of our financial resources for the faithful work of Gospel ministry among us, for the support of the poor, widow, and orphan, and for the promotion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all peoples (Isa 49:6; Matt 28:19-20; 1 Tim 5:17-18; Jas 1:27).
We will cautiously guard against the world’s influences while living faithfully for Christ so that we may effectively bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Tim 1:7; Matt 5:13-14).
We will lovingly encourage and if necessary rebuke one another in the spirit of meekness, keeping watch over ourselves also, lest we too be tempted. We will remind one another that in baptism we have been buried with Christ and raised again so that we have an obligation to walk in the newness of life (Matt 13, James, 5:16, 19-20; Rom 6:4; Gal 6:1; 1Thess 5:11).
We will resolutely protect one another from and personally resist the temptations toward idolatry, pride, jealousy, anger, envy, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, greed, theft, sexual immorality, and addictions – for those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God (Gal 5:19-21; 22-24; 1 Cor 6:9-10).
We will deliberately build up the body by not slandering one another, lying to one another, complaining about one another, nor provoking one another to anger. We will be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being ever mindful of the grace of God that has been lavished upon us all (Gal 5:26; Col 3:9; Jas 4:11, 5:9).
We will joyfully submit to one another in brotherly love, pray for one another, and aid one another during times of sickness and distress. We will weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice by cultivating feelings of sympathy, compassion, and respect toward one another (Rom 12:15; Eph 5:21).
We dutifully promise that when we remove ourselves from this body we will, as soon as possible, unite with another church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Holy Word.
May the God of peace Who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, Our 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 pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen (John 10; Phil 1:6; Heb 13:20; 1 Pet 1:3-5).