Coram Deo Church Covenant
Having, as we trust, been brought by divine grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to give up ourselves to Him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully covenant with each other in a holy union and fellowship, humbly submitting to the discipline of the Gospel, and all holy duties required of such a people in such a spiritual relation.
We do promise to walk together in brotherly love, as becomes the members of a Christian Church, avoiding causes, and causers of division while endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We will work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church, as we strive together for the truths of the gospel, sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines.
We will endeavor to bring up such as may at any time be under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends.
We will rejoice at each others’ happiness and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows.
We will seek, by Divine aid, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remembering that, as we have been voluntarily buried by baptism and raised again from the symbolic grave, so there is on us a special obligation now to lead a new and holy life, so as to render our assembly delightful to God, comfortable to ourselves, and lovely to the rest of the Lord’s people.
We will contribute cheerfully and regularly according to our ability (or as God shall bless us with the good things of this world) to support the ministry, the expenses of the church, the spread of the Gospel through all nations, and to provide for our pastors or ministers, God having ordained that they that preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
We acknowledge that implicit within this covenant is the consent to be shepherded by the elders and the church as a whole. We do promise to watch over each other’s lifestyles, and to stir up one another to love and good works; to warn, rebuke, and admonish one another with meekness according to the rules left to us of Christ in that behalf.
We do promise in an especial manner to pray for one another, and for the glory and increase of the church, and for the presence of God in it, and the pouring forth of His Spirit on it, and His protection over it to His glory.
We do promise to meet together on the Lord’s days, and at other times, as the Lord shall give us opportunity, to serve and glorify God in the way of His worship, to edify one another and to contrive the good of the church.