Church Covenant (from J. N. Brown's Baptist Church Manual 1833)

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Having been led, as we believe, by the , to receive the as our and on the profession of our faith, having been in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the and his assembly most and enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We engage therefore, by the aid of the , to walk together in ; to strive for the of this Church in , , and ; to promise its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its , , , and , to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

We also encourage to maintain devotions; to teach our children the ; to seek the of our kindred and acquaintances, to walk in the world; to be in our dealings; in our engagements; in our deportment; to avoid all tattling; backbiting and ; to from the abuse of drugs and the sale and use of as a beverage; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.

We further engage to over one another in ; to remember each other in ; to aid each other in sickness and ; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and ; to be but always and mindful of the rules of our Savior; to secure it without delay. We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible with some other Church (preferably of like faith) where we can carry out the of this covenant and of God's Word.

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