What common experience leads us into spiritual fellowship and covenant relations with God and with one another?
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, 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.
By what pledge do we turn from the way of the world?
We engage therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love.
What are some of our privileges and duties in this Church?
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.
What vows do we gladly make as stewards of that which God has entrusted to us?
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 throughout all nations.
For the sake of our home and our loved ones, what task do we humbly assume?
We also engage, to maintain family and secret devotion; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances;
For the sake of the unsaved for whom Christ died, how should we conduct our lives?
To walk circumspectfully in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, back-biting and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
Since Christ, is our Savior and we are all brethren and sisters, by what Christian Ministries are we to strengthen each other and enhance the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ?
We further engage, to watch over one another in brotherly love; 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 offence, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay.
For the good of our spiritual development, and for the best interest of God's kingdom, what do we promise to do if we move beyond the reach of this Church?
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.
And now unto Him, who brought again from the dead, Our Lord Jesus, be Power and Glory forever. Amen.