Covenant & Membership

Church Covenant

“And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul”.  (II Chr. 15:12)
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on profession of our faith having been baptized in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, we do now solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We promise by the aid of the Holy Spirit to forsake the paths of sin and to walk in the ways of holiness all the days of our lives. With this view, we engage to strive together for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expense of the church, the relief of the poor and the spread of the gospel throughout all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to educate religiously our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage; and to be zealous in our effort to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to walk together in Christian love and watchfulness, giving and receiving admonitions with meekness and affection; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation 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 unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant, and the principles of God’s Word.

Church Membership

Questions to be asked Candidates:

  1. Have you prayerfully and thoughtfully considered the question of uniting with this church?
  2. Can you say that you believe you have met with a change of heart and that your sins have been taken away; that you trust Christ and love Him and all His ways; and that you enjoy prayer, the reading of the Word, the worship of the sanctuary, and the fellowship of Christians?
  3. Have you carefully considered the doctrines of the church, and do you accept them as the teaching of God’s Word?
  4. Do you cheerfully accept the obligations imposed by the church covenant?
  5. Do you promise to strive at all times to live peaceably with your brethren and sisters, to be faithful to your duties and bear your share of the burdens and responsibilities that belong to the members of this church?
  6. Have you been divorced and remarried since you were saved, and, if so, is your former companion still living?  (Refer to Article III, Sec. 2e.)