LUKFATA BAPTIST CHURCH COVENANT

HAVING BEEN LED, AS WE BELIEVE, BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

OF GOD, TO RECEIVE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AS OUR SAVIOR,

AND ON PROFESSION OF OUR FAITH, HAVING BEEN BAPTIZED

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT BY A SOUND, NEW TESTAMENT, BAPTIST CHURCH, 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 KNOWLEDGE, HOLINESS,

AND COMFORT; TO PROMOTE ITS PROSPERITY AND SPIRITUALITY;

TO SUSTAIN ITS WORSHIP, ORDINANCES, DISCIPLINE AND DOCTRINE;

TO CONTRIBUTE CHEERFULLY AND REGULARLY TO THE SUPPORT OF

THE MINISTRY, THE EXPENSES OF THE CHURCH, AND THE RELIEF

OF THE POOR, AND THE SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL THROUGH

ALL NATIONS.

WE ALSO ENGAGE TO MAINTAIN FAMILY AND PRIVATE DEVOTIONS;

TO RELIGIOUSLY EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN; TO SEEK

THE SALVATION OF OUR KINDRED, ACQUAINTANCES; TO WALK

CIRCUMSPECTLY IN THE WORLD; TO BE JUST IN OUR DEALINGS,

FAITHFUL IN OUR ENGAGEMENTS, AND EXEMPLARY IN OUR

DEPORTMENT; TO AVOID ALL TATTLING, BACKBITING, AND

EXCESSIVE ANGER; TO ABSTAIN FROM WORLDLY AMUSEMENTS

SUCH AS GAMBLING AND DANCING; TO BE FREE FROM ALL

OATHBOUND SECRET SOCIETIES AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH

UNBELIEVERS; TO ABSTAIN FROM THE SALE OF OR USE OF

TOBACCO IN ANY FORM, NARCOTIC DRUGS, OR INTOXICATING

DRINK AS A BEVERAGE; AND TO BE ZEALOUS IN OUR EFFORTS

TO ADVANCE THE KINGDOM OF OUR SAVIOR.

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 OF SPEECH;

TO BE SLOW TO TAKE OFFENCE, BUT ALWAYS READY FOR

RECONCILIATION, AND MINDFUL OF THE RULES OF OUR SAVIOR,

TO SECURE RECONCILIATION 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 THE WORD OF GOD.

ADOPTED BY A VOTE OF THE CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

ON FEBRUARY 11, 2001