Having been brought by God’s grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, we now, depending upon the Holy Spirit, establish this covenant with one another.

In all we do, we will aim to glorify and enjoy the God of our salvation, from whom and through whom and to whom are all things: to Him be all glory forever! (1 Cor. 10:31close1 Corinthians 10:31 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (ESV) close1 Corinthians 10:31close1 Corinthians 10:31 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (ESV) 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (ESV) ; Rom. 11:36closeRomans 11:36 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (ESV) closeRomans 11:36closeRomans 11:36 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (ESV) 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (ESV) )

We will eagerly maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace by walking together in love and in the Spirit and by putting away all bitterness, anger, and injurious speech. (Eph. 4:3closeEphesians 4:3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (ESV) closeEphesians 4:3closeEphesians 4:3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (ESV) eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (ESV) ; Gal. 5:16closeGalatians 5:16 Walk by the Spirit 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (ESV) closeGalatians 5:16closeGalatians 5:16 Walk by the Spirit 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (ESV) Walk by the Spirit 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (ESV) , 25; Eph. 4:29closeEphesians 4:29 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (ESV) closeEphesians 4:29closeEphesians 4:29 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (ESV) 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (ESV) , 31)

With humility and gentleness, patience and love, we will be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven us. (Eph. 4:1-2closeEphesians 4:1-2 Unity in the Body of Christ 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, (ESV) closeEphesians 4:1-2closeEphesians 4:1-2 Unity in the Body of Christ 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, (ESV) Unity in the Body of Christ 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, (ESV) ; Luke 17:3closeLuke 17:3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, (ESV) closeLuke 17:3closeLuke 17:3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, (ESV) Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, (ESV) ; Col. 3:13closeColossians 3:13 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (ESV) closeColossians 3:13closeColossians 3:13 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (ESV) 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (ESV) ; 1 Thess. 5:11close1 Thessalonians 5:11 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (ESV) close1 Thessalonians 5:11close1 Thessalonians 5:11 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (ESV) 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (ESV) ; 1 Pet. 1:22close1 Peter 1:22 22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, (ESV) close1 Peter 1:22close1 Peter 1:22 22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, (ESV) 22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, (ESV) )

We will carry each other’s burdens, rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep. (Gal. 6:2closeGalatians 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (ESV) closeGalatians 6:2closeGalatians 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (ESV) Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (ESV) ; Rom. 12:15closeRomans 12:15 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (ESV) closeRomans 12:15closeRomans 12:15 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (ESV) 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (ESV) )

We will train our children in the instruction of the Lord, seeking to walk in a way that adorns the gospel of Christ before our family, friends, and neighbors (Prov. 22:6closeProverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it. (ESV)
closeProverbs 22:6closeProverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it. (ESV)
Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it. (ESV)
; Eph. 6:4closeEphesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (ESV) closeEphesians 6:4closeEphesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (ESV) Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (ESV) ; 1 Pet. 3:1close1 Peter 3:1 Wives and Husbands 3:1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, (ESV) close1 Peter 3:1close1 Peter 3:1 Wives and Husbands 3:1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, (ESV) Wives and Husbands 3:1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, (ESV) ).

We will strive to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age, as we wait for the blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. (Gal. 5:22-24closeGalatians 5:22-24 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (ESV) closeGalatians 5:22-24closeGalatians 5:22-24 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (ESV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (ESV) ; Titus 2:12closeTitus 2:12 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, (ESV) closeTitus 2:12closeTitus 2:12 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, (ESV) 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, (ESV) ; 1 Pet. 1:14close1 Peter 1:14 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, (ESV) close1 Peter 1:14close1 Peter 1:14 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, (ESV) 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, (ESV) )

We will not neglect to gather together, but will support and treasure the biblical preaching of the whole counsel of God, the faithful observance of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and the loving exercise of church discipline. (Heb. 10:25closeHebrews 10:25 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV) closeHebrews 10:25closeHebrews 10:25 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV) 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV) ; 2 Tim. 4:2close2 Timothy 4:2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (ESV) close2 Timothy 4:2close2 Timothy 4:2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (ESV) preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (ESV) ; Acts 2:38closeActs 2:38 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (ESV) closeActs 2:38closeActs 2:38 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (ESV) 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (ESV) ; 1 Cor. 11:26close1 Corinthians 11:26 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. (ESV) close1 Corinthians 11:26close1 Corinthians 11:26 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. (ESV) 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. (ESV) ; Matt 18:17; 1 Cor. 5:13close1 Corinthians 5:13 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” (ESV) close1 Corinthians 5:13close1 Corinthians 5:13 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” (ESV) 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” (ESV) )

We will contribute cheerfully and generously to the advancement of the gospel, to the expenses of the church, to the relief of the poor, both to our neighbors and the nations. (Matt. 28:19; Luke 12:33closeLuke 12:33 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. (ESV) closeLuke 12:33closeLuke 12:33 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. (ESV) 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. (ESV) ; 2 Cor. 9:7close2 Corinthians 9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (ESV) close2 Corinthians 9:7close2 Corinthians 9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (ESV) Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (ESV) )

We will, when we move from this place, unite as soon as possible with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

In all these things, we rely on our God who has made a new and everlasting covenant with us, saying:

“And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.” (Jer. 32:38-41closeJeremiah 32:38-41 38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 39 I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. 40 I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. 41 I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul. (ESV) closeJeremiah 32:38-41closeJeremiah 32:38-41 38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 39 I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. 40 I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. 41 I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul. (ESV) 38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 39 I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. 40 I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. 41 I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul. (ESV) ; Hebrews 8:8-12closeHebrews 8:8-12 For he finds fault with them when he says: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah,
not like the covenant that I made with their fathers
on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt.
For they did not continue in my covenant,
and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws into their minds,
and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
11 And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor
and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’
for they shall all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more.” (ESV)
closeHebrews 8:8-12closeHebrews 8:8-12 For he finds fault with them when he says: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah,
not like the covenant that I made with their fathers
on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt.
For they did not continue in my covenant,
and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws into their minds,
and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
11 And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor
and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’
for they shall all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more.” (ESV)
For he finds fault with them when he says: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah,
not like the covenant that I made with their fathers
on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt.
For they did not continue in my covenant,
and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws into their minds,
and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
11 And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor
and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’
for they shall all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more.” (ESV)
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In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen. 

(adopted April 22, 2012)