Forasmuch as Almighty God by his grace has been pleased to call us out of darkness into his marvelous light, and all of us have been regularly baptized upon a profession of our faith in Christ Jesus, and have given up ourselves to the Lord and to one another in a gospel church way, to be governed and guided by a proper discipline agreeable to the word of God;
We do therefore in the name of our Lord Jesus, and by his assistance, covenant and agree to keep up the discipline of the church of which we are members, in the most brotherly affection towards each other, while we endeavor particularly to observe the following principles:
In brotherly love to pray for each other, to watch over one another, and, if need be, in the most tender and affectionate manner, to reprove one another (that is, if we discover anything amiss in a brother, to go and tell him his fault according to the direction given by our Lord in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew, and not to be whispering and backbiting).
We also agree, with God’s assistance, to pray in our families, attend our church meetings, observe the Lord’s Day and keep it holy, and not absent ourselves from the communion of the Lord’s Supper without a lawful excuse; to be ready to communicate to the defraying of the church’s expenses, and for the support of the ministry; not to irregularly depart from the fellowship of the church, nor remove to distant churches without a regular dismission.
These things we do covenant and agree to observe and keep sacred in the name of and by the assistance of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
We also subscribe to the church’s Rules of Decorum, in the interest of godly convenience and order as we endeavor to keep house for the Lord; and to the church’s Articles of Faith, in accordance with our convictions of conscience regarding the doctrine of God’s word.
We the undersigned brethren and sisters having obtained fellowship in the church at various localities and being desirous to be constituted into a church to be known as the North Chattanooga Old School or Primitive Baptist Church, agreeing to watch over each other for good; that we will pray for each other and if need be reprove each other and endeavor to keep house for the Lord after the Apostolic order.
Agreeing to subscribe to the following Articles of Faith: