First Baptist Church
2800 University Ave, Charleston, IL

Our Church Covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus
Christ as our Savior, and on 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 and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into the
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 doctrines;
To give it a sacred pre-eminence over all institutions of human origin;
To contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses 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 religiously educate our children;
To seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances;
To walk worthy of God's calling,
Striving to glorify Jesus in all this
 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.