Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to repent and 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 Spirit, we do now in the presence of God 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 knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to educate our children in the wisdom and knowledge of God; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to bear witness of the Light, that all people through Him might be saved. We further engage to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings; faithful to our engagements, and exemplary in our behavior; to avoid all negative criticism, gossip, tattling, backbiting, and judging; to abstain from the sale and use of alcohol as a beverage; to confront sin and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over each other in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress, and in times of need; 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 Savior, to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we move 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.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the basis for our statement of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The church subscribes to the current Southern Baptist Convention “Baptist Faith and Message” and succeeding Articles. The ordinances of the Church are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
The government of this church is vested in the members who compose it. It is subject to no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation which are common among Southern Baptist Convention Churches, insofar as is practical, this Church will cooperate with and support the Palmetto Baptist Association, the South Carolina Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention.
The church embraces the Holy Bible as its religious authority in matters of faith and practice. The Church receives the Holy Bible as the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God.