Sweethaven Baptist Church, Portsmouth, VA
   

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Covenant

We, who have been called and separated from the world by the work and Spirit of God to the profession of faith in Jesus Christ, and who have been baptized in the name of Father and the Son, and the Holy Ghost, do hereby associate ourselves together, under God, in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel as a Baptist Church, which shall be known as the Sweethaven Baptist Church and we hereby mutually and solemnly and in the fear of God, enter into the following covenant:

FIRST
We of the Sweethaven Baptist Church hereby covenant and agree to walk in love, live in peace, to sympathize with each other under all conditions of life, to pray with and for one another and to exhort and stir up each other unto every good word and work.

SECOND
We covenant to live with the help of God in such a manner as to give no occasion for offense to the church in any way, but to follow after the things which make for peace and the things wherewith one may edify another and to abide by the rules of the church.

THIRD
We covenant by the assistance of the Holy Spirit to watch over each other with all kindness and Christian love, not suffering sin to rest upon a brother but as far as God shall make it known to us we will in all cases obey our Lord's teachings from the Word of God. We will endeavor to maintain a spiritual discipline in the Church.

FOURTH
Moreover, we of the Sweethaven Baptist Church covenant to meet on the first day of the week for public worship, to fill our places at all times of the appointed meetings of the church. Wednesday evening is to be the time of prayer. We are to have the Lord's Supper at least once a month, which shall be served only by an ordained Baptist Minister, as God shall give us health and opportunity.

FIFTH
We covenant 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 to all the world. We shall try to be faithful to the things of God doing our best for Him, looking for that blessed hope; that great day when we shall be caught up together to meet our Lord in the air; so shall we ever be with the Lord.

SIXTH
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.