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    This church covenant has been one of the official documents of the Knotty Oak Baptist Church for almost 165 years. It is from an ancient Baptist covenant, and was often memorized by the congregation and served as a guide for the interpersonal relationships between the individual members.

    Having, as we trust, been brought by God’s grace seriously and forever to give up ourselves in faith, and love, and holy obedience to God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and having been baptized upon profession of our faith, we do now solemnly and joyfully covenant with each other to walk together in church relationship with brotherly love to the honor and glory of God.

    And we do in His strength engage, that we will exercise a Christian care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish, rebuke, and entreat each other as occasion may require; that we will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together or neglect the great duty of prayer for ourselves and others; that we will endeavor to bring up such as may at any time be under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and lovely example seek to win over kindred and acquaintances to the Savior, to holiness, and to eternal life; that we will participate in each other’s joys and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows; that we will seek God’s aid to enable us to live circumspectly and watchfully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remembering that we have voluntarily been buried by baptism and raised up from the emblematic grave, so there is on us a special obligation henceforth to lead a new and holy life; that we will strive together for the support of a faithful evangelical ministry among us; and that through life, amidst evil and good report, we will seek to live to the glory of Him who hath called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.

 
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