As part of the church’s installation service for their new pastor, Faith Baptist of Salem, Oregon, read their church covenant, affirming their intent to live harmoniously and compassionately with one another and to be obedient to the Lord’s commands. By reading aloud the following covenant, the church family underscored their commitment to the Lord, to their new pastor-Craig Slaughter, and to one another.
CHURCH COVENANT of FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH, SALEM, OREGON
Having been led by the Holy Spirit to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the public confession of our faith, having been immersed in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We purpose 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 attend its services regularly, to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it a sacred pre-eminence over all institutions of human origin; to give faithfully of time and talents in its activities; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations.
We also propose to maintain family and private devotions; to train our children according to the Word of God; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our conduct; to avoid all gossip, backbiting and unrighteous anger; to abstain for all forms of activity which dishonors our Lord Jesus Christ, causes stumbling to a fellow believer or hinders the winning of a soul to Christ; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the cause of Christ our Savior; and to give Him pre-eminence in all things.
We further purpose to encourage one another in the blessed hope of our Lord’s return; 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 Savior, to seek it without delay.
We moreover purpose that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church of like faith or order where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word. In the event there is no such church, we shall seek, with the Lord’s help, to establish one.