It is the purpose of this Church to promote the interest of the Kingdom of God by evangelizing to the unsaved and seeking the improvement of its members through the Gospel as set forth in the New Testament, and administering the ordinances therein; and desiring that all things be done decently and in order, and that we may more readily help one another in our services in God’s house, we the members of Second Baptist Church of Wheaton, Illinois, do ordain and establish the following church rules to which we submit ourselves.
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 faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels and His 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, and expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spreading of the Gospel through all the nations.
We engage, also to maintain family and private 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 dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment, to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger, to abstain from the use of an intoxicating drink to get drunk, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly and sisterly 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.