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 be a member of West Canton Baptist Church is to be in covenant with one another, but what does this mean? To be a member of a local body is to be a member of a family; not just an honorary member, or an occasional drop-in member, but a full-fledged family member. Like any other family on earth, this relationship requires a great level of commitment to one another. Without commitment, without covenant, any chance of longevity is minimal. Thus, the church has established a covenant with one another. This is our written and verbal commitment to one another.
Why a covenant? Anyone who has a family, or has ever been a part of a family, surely knows that peace and harmony can often be illusive. Most families, at least at times, could be described as dysfunctional. Even the healthiest, most functional families experience times when their harmony is stressed. If members were not born into the family, or covenanted together in marriage, they would be far more tempted to bail out and find a new family. Frustrated family members tend to believe that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, or that life is more peaceful in another family. Church families, even the healthiest churches, can experience times of stress, and even dysfu