Having, as we trust, been brought by divine grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to give up ourselves to Him, and having been baptized as believers in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We commit ourselves to the Lord’s mission for His Church, which is to go and make disciples of all the nations and, specifically, to labor side-by-side in fulfilling this mission as we join together in fulfilling the mission of this particular local church (Matt. 28:18-20; 1 Cor. 12:1-31; 1 Pet. 5:1-5; 1 Thess. 5:12-13; Heb. 13:17).
We commit to work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines, and the starting of other like-minded churches in the Greater Boston area and beyond (Acts 20:27; 1 Cor. 11:17-34; 14:12, 26; Col. 3:16; 1 Tim 2:8; 3:14-15; 4:13; 2 Tim. 4:2).
We commit to RFC’s mission, which includes substantial agreement with our Constitution, Core Values, and Statement of Faith (Acts 2:42; Phil. 1:27-2:2; Eph. 4:1-6).
We commit to support RFC’s finances, which include giving sacrificially, systematically, and primarily to the Lord’s work at RFC (Matt. 6:19-21, 2 Cor. 9:6-8, Gal. 6:6; Heb. 13:5).
We commit to support the elders of the church, which includes following their lead while giving constructive input and sharing the load in service (1 Tim. 5:17, Heb. 13:7, 17).
We commit ourselves to love the brethren as is so clearly stated and emphasized in Holy Scripture and is one of the clearest identifying marks of true faith (John 13:34-35; 15:17; Col. 3:14; Rom. 13:8; 1 Thess. 4:9; 1 Pet. 1:22; 1 John 2:7-11; 3:10-24; 4:7-13, 15-21).
We commit to meet consistently with the brethren for Sunday morning worship and will make every effort to attend the other opportunities the body has to meet together (Heb. 10:24-25; 1 Cor. 5:4; 14:26).
We commit to an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other, to faithfully admonish and entreat one another as occasion may require, and to submit ourselves to church discipline if necessary under the guidelines given in Scripture (Matt. 18:15-17; Rom. 15:14; 1 Cor. 5:1-5; 2 Cor. 2:5-11; Gal. 6:1-2; 1 Thess. 5:14; 2 Thess. 3:15; 1 Tim. 5:1-2).
We commit to pray for one another regularly and seek to serve one another when needs arise within the body (Mk. 11:17; Acts 2:42; 12:5; Eph. 6:18; Phil. 1:4; Col. 4:2 Jas. 5:16).
We commit to work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (John 17:20-23; Eph. 4:3; Phil. 2:1-11; Col. 3:14).
We will rejoice at each other’s happiness, and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows (Rom. 12:15; 1 Cor. 12:26; Gal. 6:2).
We will endeavor to bring up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends (Deut. 6:4-9; Eph. 6:1-4; Col. 3:20-21).
We will seek, by divine aid, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, remembering that we have been buried with Christ in baptism and raised to walk in newness of life (Matt. 5:13-16; Rom. 6:4; Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Pet. 2:9-12; 1 John 2:15-17).
We will, when we move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with another church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.