On Saturday preceding the third Lord’s Day in June (6/19/1824), We, the members on Mud Creek, Weakley County, Tennessee, met and entered into the following covenant, to wit; For as much as Almighty God by His Grace has been pleased, as we hope, to call us out of darkness into his marvelous light and we all have been regularly baptized on a profession of our faith in Christ Jesus, and have given ourselves to the Lord and to each other in a gospel church way to be governed and guided by a proper discipline (as we believe) to the Word of God; We therefore in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by His assistance, covenant and agree to keep up the discipline of the church we are members of in the most brotherly love and affections toward each other while we endeavor punctually to observe the following rules: In brotherly love to pray for each other, to watch over one another, and if need be, in the most tender and affectionate manner, to reprove each other if we discover anything amiss in a brother taking the directions given by our Lord in the 18th Chapter of Matthew; and not to be whispering and backbiting. We also agree, if not Providentially hindered, to attend our church meeting and observe the Lord’s Day, and not to absent ourselves from the communion of the Lord’s Supper without a lawful excuse; and not to neglect the defraying of the expenses of the church, and not depart from the fellowship of the church without a regular dismission.
These things we covenant and agree to observe and keep sacred in the most Holy Name of, and by the assistance of the Holy Trinity.
Matthew 3:11 (KJV)
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire:
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Visiting ministers at the Ordination service for Bro. David Scarbrough, October 3rd, 2010.