Plains Baptist Church
Founded on the Word, Focused on Reaching the World
Having been led, as we believe of the Lord, 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 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.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church in grace, knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it a sacred pre-eminence over all institutions of human origin; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to its support, 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.
We further covenant to maintain family and secret devotions; to educate our children in the Word of God; to seek the salvation of our family and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings; faithful in our responsibilities, and exemplary in our behaviour; to avoid all tattling (gossip), backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from everything that will cause our brother to stumble, or that will bring reproach upon the cause of Christ, 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.
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 offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay.
We, moreover, engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other Church of like faith and practice, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.