Having been brought by divine grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ [i] and to surrender our lives to Him [ii], and having been baptized upon our profession of faith in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit [iii], we do now solemnly and joyfully affirm this covenant with one another by God’s grace, for our good, and ultimately for God’s glory.
Together, we will draw near to God in worship [iv]. We will delight in the glory of God [v], depend on the presence of God [vi], grow in the knowledge of God [vii], and submit to the Word of God as the all-sufficient authority in our lives and in His church [viii].
Together, we will hold fast to the hope we profess [ix]. We will regularly participate in communion as we solemnly and joyfully remember the past work of Christ on the cross, celebrate the present work of Christ at the Father’s right hand, and anticipate the future work of Christ in His return for His bride [x].
Together, we will spur one another on to love and good deeds [xi]. We will meet with one another consistently [xii], pray for one another regularly [xiii], and serve one another selflessly [xiv]. We will share each other’s joys and bear each other’s burdens [xv]. We will edify one another with our speech [xvi] and encourage one another with our example [xvii]. We will humbly and gently confront one another and receive correction from one another in accordance with a New Testament understanding of church discipline and restoration [xviii]. We will give cheerfully and generously to the support of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations [xix].
Together, we will work to raise up children and youth under our care in the discipline and instruction of the Lord [xx]. We will seek the salvation of our friends, family, and neighbors through our godly living, faithful proclamation, and intercessory prayer [xxi].
We will submit to the leadership of elders who have been entrusted by God to serve and care for this body by teaching the Word of Christ to us and modeling the character of Christ before us, and we will affirm deacons as leading servants in the church [xxii].
And if we move from this local body, we will as soon as possible unite with another local church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word [xxiii].
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all [xxiv].
[i] Acts 2:38; 16:31; 20:21; Romans 10:9-10
[ii] Luke 14:25-33
[iii] Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:41; Romans 6:1-4
[iv] Hebrews 10:22; Romans 12:1-2
[v] Psalm 16:11; 37:4; 63:1-11; 1 Corinthians 10:31
[vi] Exodus 33:14-18; Matthew 28:20; John 15:5; James 4:8
[vii] Philippians 3:10; Colossians 1:9-12; 2 Peter 3:17-18
[viii] 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Psalm 19:7-11; 119:105-112; 2 Timothy 4:2-4
[ix] Hebrews 10:23
[x] Luke 22:7-23; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32
[xi] Hebrews 10:24
[xii] Hebrews 10:25
[xiii] Philippians 1:3-6
[xiv] Romans 12:9-13
[xv] 1 Corinthians 12:26; 2 Corinthians 2:3; Galatians 6:2
[xvi] Ephesians 4:29-32
[xvii] 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Philippians 4:9
[xviii] Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Galatians 6:1
[xix] 2 Corinthians 8:1-24; 2 Corinthians 9:15
[xx] Psalm 78:4-7; Ephesians 6:4
[xxi] Colossians 4:3-6
[xxii] Hebrews 13:17; Acts 6:1-7; 20:28-31; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 5:17-20; 1 Peter 5:1-4
[xxiii] Hebrews 10:25
[xxiv] 2 Corinthians 13:14