We, the members of the Flanders Baptist and Community Church, acting in the presence of Almighty God, do solemnly and reverently enter into the following covenant with one another:
a) Having received the sacrament of baptism in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we lovingly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is our personal Lord and Savior.
b) We declare ourselves to be one body in Christ and promise to walk together in Christian love, to help one another in times of illness and distress; to share one another’s joys as well as burdens; and to remember one another in our prayers.
c) We will strive to conduct ourselves according to the commandments of Almighty God and the teachings of His Son, Jesus Christ; and we will endeavor to achieve the perfect union of humility, tolerance, forgiveness, generosity, truth and piety in our daily lives.
d) Remembering that all men and women are children of God, we will be guided by the principles of equality and justice in our treatment of others.
e) We will seek to live each day fruitfully and joyfully, remembering that all things are possible with the help of our Heavenly Father.
f) We will work together to strengthen our church through faithful attendance at worship services, participation in its business and social meetings, and sustained financial support of its ministry. We will, furthermore, stand ready to apply our individual talents to the needs of the church.
g) We will be alert to the spiritual needs of relatives and friends who might benefit from membership in our church and invite them to attend a devotional service with us.
h) Recognizing the potential for extending our religious experience, we will strive to increase our understanding and knowledge of the Bible through private study and reflection.
i) We will give careful attention to the religious education of our children by including them in devotional services and prayers in the home and by fostering their attendance at church school classes.
j) Should our individual circumstances call us away from this fellowship, we will seek membership in another church with all possible dispatch.
The Covenant is Article V of the Bylaws.