The scriptures of the old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain, and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver, Ruler of all things, having in all for Himself all perfection, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
God for eternity decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet, so as not in any wise to be the author or approver of sin, nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
Elections is God’s eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life –not because of foreseen merit in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ – in consequence of which choice they are called, justified and glorified.
THE FALL OF MAN
God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby, his posterity inherit nature corrupts and wholly opposed to God and His law are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, in the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever liveth to make intercession for His people. He is Church, and sovereign of the universe.
Repentance is an everlasting grace, wherein a person being, by Holy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbled himself for it was godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk with God so as to please Him in all things.
Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces and leads to a life of holiness.
Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not anything wrought in them or done by them, but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting o Him and His righteousness by faith.
PRESEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
Those whom God hath accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by Holy Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and through they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby the grieve the spirit, impair their grace and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they be renewed again unto repentance and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified, by God’s word and spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification it progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ’s commands.
HE Lord is Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandments, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of these church he hath given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which he hath appointed.
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is perquisite to church fellowship, and to participation in the Lord’s Supper.
THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and wine, and to be observed by His churches till the end of this world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship.
THE LORD’S DAY
The Lord’s Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, resting from worldly employment and amusements, works of necessary and mercy only accepted.
LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE
God alone is Lord of conscience; and He hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirit return immediately to God-the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.
God hath appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go away into everlasting punishment; the righteous into everlasting life.
Having been led, as we believe, by the spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and the profession of our faith having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 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 it’s worship, ordinance, discipline, and doctrines.
To contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expense of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion, to educate our children religiously; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintance.
To walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealing, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxication drinks 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 in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s word.