Original Covenant

Note: This is part 3 of the records of our church’s original charter. Here are part 1 and part 2.

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The final section of the records details the covenant that the original twenty-eight members affirmed. Their promises to one another reflect a mature understanding of the church and a sober acceptance of the responsibilities Christ required of them towards each other.

The public profession of our union to, and faith in, the Lord Jesus Christ, the obligations and vows which we made in our baptism, we are ever bound to perform. And being fully satisfied in the way of Church Communion and the truth of grace in some good measure in one another’s spirits,

WE DO SOLEMNLY JOIN OURSELVES TOGETHER IN A HOLY UNION AND FELLOWSHIP, purposing to cease from sin, as men that are buried cease from action, and humbly submit ourselves to the discipline of the Gospel, and all holy duties required of a people in such a spiritual relation.

FIRST we do promise and engage to walk in all holiness, godliness, humility, and brotherly love, as much as in us lies to render our communion pleasing to God, comfortable to ourselves, and lovely in the sight of the rest of the people of God.

SECOND we promise to watch over each other’s conversation and not to suffer sin upon one another so far as God shall discover it to us, and to stir up one another to love and good works, rebuking and admonishing with meekness, according to the rule of God’s word in their cases.

THIRD we do promise in a particular manner to pray for one another and for the increase of the Church, and for the presence of God in it, and the outpouring of His Spirit upon it, and for His protection of it for His own Glory.

FOURTH we do promise to bear one another’s burdens, to cleave to one another, and to have fellowship with one another in all conditions both outward and inward as God in His Providence shall cast us into.

FIFTH we do promise to bear with one another’s weaknesses and infirmities with much tenderness, not discovering them to any without or within the Church unless it be according to Christ’s rule left us in the Gospel in such case.

SIXTH we do promise to strive together for the truths of the Gospel and purity of God’s ways and ordinances, and to avoid causes and [—] of divisions, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

SEVENTH we do promise according to our abilities to communicate to our Pastor or Minister, God having ordained that they that preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel.

THESE AND ALL OTHER GOSPEL DUTIES we humbly submit ourselves unto, promising and purposing to perform, not in our own strength, being sensible of our weaknesses, but in the strength and by the help of Almighty God, whose we are, and whom we desire to serve, to whom be Glory in the Church now and evermore. Amen.

May God empower our church by his Spirit to live according to these gospel-driven responsibilities for the glory of his Son.

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