The History of the Congregational Church - Chapter 6

By Rev. John A. Ross

(Hampton: Printed for the Parish - 1902)

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Form of Covenant

You do now, in the presence of God and man, avouch the Lord Jehovah, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, to be your God, the supreme object of your affections, and your chosen portion forever. You cordially acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ in all his mediatorial offices, Prophet, Priest and King, as your only Saviour and final judge; and the Holy Spirit as your Sanctifier, Comforter and Guide. You humbly and cheerfully devote yourself to God in the everlasting covenant of grace; you consecrate all your powers and faculties to his service and glory; and you promise that, through the assistance of his Spirit and grace, you will cleave to him as your chief good; that you will give diligent attention to his word and ordinance, and to the observance of his Sabbath; that you will seek the honor of his name and the interest of his kingdom; and that thenceforth, denying all ungodliness and every worldly lust, you will live soberly, righteously and godly in the world.

You do now cordially join yourself to this as a Church of Christ, engaging to submit to its discipline so far as conformable to the rules of the Gospel; and solemnly covenanting to strive, as much as in you lies, for its gospel peace, edification and purity; and to walk with its members in all memberlike love, faithfulness, circumspection, and sobriety.

Thus you covenant, promise and engage.

We do now receive you into our communion, and promise to watch over you with Christian affection and tenderness, ever treating you in love as a member of the body of Christ, who is Head over all things to the church. This we do, imploring the Great Shepherd of Israel, our Lord and Redeemer, that both we and you may have wisdom and grace, to be faithful in his covenant, and to glorify him with the holiness which becomes his house forever.

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