"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 Spirit1, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another2, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love3; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge and holiness; to give it a place in our affections, prayers and services above every organization of human origin4; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine5; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, toward its expenses, for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world6. In case of difference of opinion in the church, we will strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree7, we will cheerfully recognize the authority of the majority to govern.
We also engage to maintain family and private devotion; to study diligently the word of God; to religiously educate our children8; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintance9; to walk circumspectly in the world10; to be kind and just to those in our employ11, 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 work12; 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 courtesy13; to be slow to give or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation14, being mindful of the rules of the Saviour 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 into 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." 15
1.Rom 10:9-10, Act 2:38
3.Mark 12:28, John 13:34-35
4.Php 1:27,2Ti 2:15,2Co 7:1,2Pe 3:11
6.2Cor 9:7, 1 Peter 5:2
7.2Cor 9:6-8, Php 2:14,
8.Due 6:6-9,Col1:9-12, 2Pe 3:17-18, Psa 19:7-11, Psa 119:105-112, Due 6:6-9,11:18-21 2Tim 1:5, 3:15
9.John 1:40-42, 4:28-30, 39, Mat 4:18-20
12.Col 1:9 1 Thes5:23-25, Eph 6:18,19
13.Rom 12:10, 1Thes 4:9, Heb 13:1, 1 John 4:20, Jam 5:16,
14.Eph4:26, Titus1:7, Ecc7:9, Prov 29:22
15.Acts 8:1-4, 11:19-26,18:18-28