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 Spirit, 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.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Hoy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge and holiness; to it a place in our affections, prayers, and services above every organization of human origin; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly as God has prospered us, towards it’s expenses, for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor, and the spread of Gospel throughout the world. In case of difference of opinion in the church, we well strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the majority to govern.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to study diligently the word of God; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintance; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be kind and just to those in our employ, 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 work; 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 burden and sorrows; to cultivate Christian courtesy; to be slow to give or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, 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.
LEADER – Having received Christ as my Lord and Saviour, been baptized, and being in agreement with the scriptures, I now feel led of the Holy Spirit to reaffirm my commitment to the Shiloh Baptist Church faith community. In doing so, I recommit myself to god and to the other members of this congregation.
MEMBER – I will protect the unity of our church by acting in love towards other members by refusing to gossip, and by following our leaders as they follow Christ. I will concentrate only on the things that promote harmony amongst us and on the growth of our fellowship together.
I will maintain a sincere and earnest love for other believers. I will not let any ungodly talk come out of my mouth, but only that which is helpful to build up others according to their needs. I will partner with church leadership according to God’s Word and submit to their authority, for they keep watch over my soul and must give an account to God. I will cooperate with them so that their work will be one of joy and not one of burden
LEADER – I share the responsibility of building our church by praying for it’s spiritual growth and development; by inviting the not yet churched to attend; and by warmly welcoming all who visit.
MEMBER – I will support the ministry of our church by discovering, developing, and deploying my spiritual gifts and talents in ministry; by submitting to be equipped to serve next to the pastor and our leadership; by developing my spiritual understanding to achieve a servant’s heart; and realize that I am to serve others with the spirituals gifts that God has given me.
LEADER – God spoke and said He would give us pastors after His own heart, and teachers to prepare us, His people, for works of service, so that the body of Christ can be built up. Therefore each of us should look not tour own interest, but to the interest of others. Our attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus, who took on the very nature of bond-servant.
MEMBER – Whatsoever may happen, I will support the testimony of this church by attending faithfully, as I strive to make sure my everyday life is worthy of the gospel of Christ, and on the first day of each week I will faithfully give my tithe and offering in proportion to all I’ve earned, because I understand that a tenth of all that I earn is the Lord’s and it is holy and acceptable unto Him.