Lakeshore Baptist Church Covenant

The best we can ascertain, this is the original church covenant when Lakeshore Baptist Church constituted in 1911:

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 it’s prosperity and spirituality: to sustain it’s worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to 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 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; 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.

One comment on “Lakeshore Baptist Church Covenant

  1. David Ammerman on said:

    Our church, here in Southern Indiana has, from it’s founding constitution, of 1974, had a very similar covenant statement, for which we have recently been curious as to it’s authorship. I was very interested to find that it’s so close to yours. Do you know if yours was originaly composed by one of your church’s members?
    We’re just curious. Our pastor resently did a sermon series on sincerely striving to live-up to that covenant.
    I would much-appreciate a response,
    David Ammerman

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