Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and, on the profession 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 covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit of God, 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 preeminence 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 private devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from ungodly amusements and activities that hinder our walk with Christ and our testimony; to be zealous in our effort to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay.
RECEPTION OF MEMBERS
Upon a majority vote of the members present at any church service or meeting, membership shall be extended to all who have had and whose lives evidence a genuine experience of regeneration through faith in and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Saviour; who renounce sin; who endeavor to live a consecrated life wholly unto the Lord; who fully prescribe to the statement of faith contained herein; and who willingly enter the covenant contained herein; have both accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and have followed the Lord in baptism by emersion as a picture of their salvation in Shenandoah Baptist Church or a church of like faith and upon compliance with any one of the following conditions:
- By Baptism – Upon a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, and upon baptism at Shenandoah Baptist church, a person may be received into the membership.
- By Letter – Upon a letter of transfer from another New Testament Church of like faith and practice and having accepted Christ as Savior and being scripturally baptized (immersed as a symbol of accepting the Gospel of Christ) , a person may be received into membership.
- By Statement – Having already professed Jesus Christ as Saviour and having been scripturally baptized (immersed as a symbol of accepting the Gospel of Christ), by another church of like faith and practice whose records are not available for transfer, a person may be received into membership.
- By Restoration – Former members that have had their membership removed through disciplinary action in accordance Biblical Church discipline may only be restored as members upon public confession of their error, giving evidence of repentance, a recommendation from the discipline committee and pastor, and a three-fourths majority vote of the members.