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Church Covenant

 The Original Covenant
in the organization of the
First Baptist Church
Austin, Texas
July 1847
As we trust we have been brought by divine grace to embrace the Lord
Jesus Christ, and by the influence of His Spirit to give ourselves up to Him,
so do we most solemnly covenant with each other, that God enabling us—
We will walk in brotherly love;
We will exercise a Christian care and watchfulness over each other;
We will faithfully warn, rebuke and admonish one another, as the case may require;
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor omit the greater duty of
prayer, both for ourselves and others;
We will participate in each other’s joys, and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy
to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows;
We will earnestly endeavor to bring up such as are or may be under our care, in the
nurture and admonition of the Lord;
We will seek divine aid to enable us to walk circumspectly and watchfully in the
world, denying ungodliness and every worldly lust;
We will strive together for the support of a faithful evangelical ministry among us;
We will endeavor, by example and effort, to win souls to Christ, and through life,
amidst evil report and good report, seek to live to the glory of Him who hath called
us out of darkness into His marvelous light.