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 Ghost, 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 its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines, 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 private family devotions, to religiously educate our children, to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances, to be just and faithful in our dealings, avoid any action or activity that is not Christ like, and to be eager 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 feelings and courtesy in speech, to be slow to take offense but always ready for reconciliation and mindful to the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We also agree that if 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.
The government of the Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church is vested in the body of believers who compose it. It is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation, which are common among Baptist churches.
The Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church receives the Scriptures as its only authority in matters of faith and practice. The Scriptures are to be understood as led by the Holy Spirit.
United by the grace of God in Christian experience, the members of this Church recognize and receive the Bible as the inspired Word of God, and agree to accept it as their only rule of faith and practice. We declare our adherence to the doctrines and teachings of the New Testament and state our objectives to be:
- The maintenance of the worship of God.
- The study, practice, and nurture of the Christian Life as revealed and taught in the Word of God.
- The promotion and advancement of Christ’s Kingdom throughout the earth.
- To be an instrument of God’s love.
- To bring about healing in a broken world.