Covenant and By-Laws

The Solemn Covenant of

Sovereign Grace Particular Baptist Church

of San Angelo, TX., at Our Reconstitution

August 26, 2018

 

We who desire to walk together in the fear of the Lord do, through the assistance of the Holy Spirit, profess our deep and serious sorrow for our lack of conformity unto, and transgressions of, God’s holy law. We do also solemnly, in the presence of God and of one another, with a deep sense of our own unworthiness, give up ourselves to the Lord in a church body, according to the Apostolic prescription, that He may be our God and we may be His people through the everlasting covenant of His sovereign grace. In this grace alone, we hope to be accepted by Him, through His blessed Son Jesus Christ, whom we take to be our High Priest to justify and sanctify us, and our Prophet to teach us, and our Law-giver and King under Whom we are subject. By His grace also, may we be conformed to all His holy laws and ordinances for our growth, establishment, and consolation, that we may be as a holy spouse unto Him, serve Him in our generation, and wait for His second coming as our glorious Bridegroom!

Being fully satisfied in the way of church communion and the truth of grace in some good measure upon each other’s spirits, we do solemnly join ourselves together in a holy union and fellowship—humbly submitting to the discipline of the gospel and all holy duties required of a people in such a spiritual relation.

  1. We do promise and engage to walk in all holiness, godliness, humility, and brotherly love, as much as in us lies to render our communion delightful to God, comfortable to ourselves, and lovely to the rest of the Lord’s people.
  2. We do promise to watch over each other’s conversations, and not to persist in sin against one another, so far as God shall discover it to us in His word; and to stir up one another to love and good deeds, to warn, rebuke, and admonish one another with meekness according to the rules left to us of Christ in that behalf.
  3. We do promise in a special manner to pray for one another and for the glory and increase of the church, and for the presence of God in it, and the pouring forth of His Spirit upon it, and His protection over it to His glory.
  4. We do promise to bear one another’s burdens, to cleave to one another, and to have a deep bond of fellowship with one another, in all conditions both outward and inward, as God in His providence shall cast any of us into.
  5. We do promise to bear with one another’s weaknesses, failings, and infirmities, with much tenderness, not disclosing to any without the church, nor any within, unless according to Christ’s rule, and the order of the gospel provided in that case.
  6. We do promise to strive together for the truths of the gospel, and purity of God’s ways and ordinances, to avoid causes and causers of division, “endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,” (Eph. 4:3).
  7. We do promise to meet together especially on the Lord’s Day, but also at each additional stated meeting of the church unless of necessity providentially hindered from so doing, in order that we may serve and glorify God in the way of His worship, edify one another, and plan for the good of the church.
  8. We do promise according to our ability (or as God shall bless us with the good things of this world) to communicate a comfortable living to our elders, especially those who labor hard at preaching and teaching, God having ordained that they that preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

These and all other gospel duties we humbly submit unto, promising and purposing to perform, not in our own strength, being conscious of our own weaknesses, but in the power and strength of the blessed God, whose we are, and whom we desire to serve: To Whom be the glory now and forevermore. Amen.

 

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