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Union Baptist Church covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour,1 and on the profession of our faith2 having been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son, and the Holy Spirit,3 we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.4

We engage therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit,5 to walk together in Christian love6 to strive 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;7 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.8

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children9 to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances;10 to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our in our deportment;11 to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger;12 to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.13

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer;14 to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feelings and courtesy in speech;15 to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay.16

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.17

We also engage as the flock of God to obey the Pastor in his oversight thereof. To pray for him and support him in all things incumbent to his office. To count him worthy of double honor who labors in the word and doctrine. Never to receive an accusation against him but before two or three witnesses.18

As pastor he will take heed to himself and the flock over which the Holy Spirit has made him overseer; to feed it and pray for it as the undershepherd of the sheep. Being an example to the believers, in word, conversation in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Giving time to reading and to doctrine.19

We further agree, as members of Union Baptist Church and in obedience to the Lord's command, not to pursue legal action against or to sue the pastor(s), elders, deacons, or church staff in connection with the performance of their official duties.20

Scripture references:
1 John 1:12-13; 3:6; I Cor. 12:3; Acts 16:30-31
2 Rom. 10:9-10; I Pet. 3:15; Acts 18:8; Acts 2:4l
3 Matt: 28:19, John 4:1, Acts 2:41; 10:48
4 Eph. 4:1-16; I Cor. 12:4-31; Rom. 12:1-8
5 Gal. 5:16,18,25; Rom. 8:1,9,14
6 I Pet. 1:22; I John 4:11 Eph. 5:1-2
7 Eph. 4:11-16; 4:3-6; Jude 3: I Pet. 4:10-11 I Cor. 11:1-2; Heb. 10:24-25
8 I Cor. 16:1-2; II Cor. 9:6-11, Mal. 3:8-10, Matt 23:23 I Cor. 9:14; Rom. 15:26-27
9 Gen. 24:63; Deut. 6:6-9;Mark 1:35,6:46, Prov. 22:6
10 John 4:29-42; Mark 5:18-20; II Cor. 5:20-21; Dan. 12:3
11 I Pet. 2:11-17, Rom. 13:1-14; Eph. 5:15-17; Col. 3:17
12 Eph. 4:26,29-32, Rom. 6:11-13, James 1:19-21,26
13 Rom.14:13-23; Matt. 6:33; 24:14; Heb. 2:15-17; I Cor.6:19-20
14 Gal. 6:1-2; Gal. 6:9, 10; James 5:16; Rom 15:1-7; I Thess. 5:14; I Tim. 2:1
15 Eph. 4:29-32; I Pet. 3:8-12; James 1:26-27; Matt. 25:34-40; Rom. 12:9-16
16 James 1:19-20; Matt. 18:15-35; Luke 17:3-4; Col. 3:12,13
17 Heb. 10:24-25; I Cor. 15:58; Eph. 3:21; I Tim. 3:15
18 Heb. 13:17; Phil. 2:12,29; I Thess. 5:12-13; I Tim. 5:17-19
19 Acts 20:28; I Tim. 4:16; I Tim. 4:12-13
20 I Corinthians 6:1-8

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