Ridgeville Baptist Church was founded in 1912 under the views and rules of the Southern Baptist Convention and is still going strong over 100 years later.
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive
the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and, on the profession of our
faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels,
and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with
one another as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk
together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this
church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity
and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinance, discipline, and
doctrines; 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 through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and sacred devotions, to
religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred
and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in
our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our
deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to
abstain from the sale and use of destructive drugs or intoxicating
drinks as a beverage; to shun pornography; and to be zealous in our
efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love,
to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and
distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in
speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation
and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
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.