FOR WE PREACH NOT OURSELVES, BUT CHRIST JESUS THE LORD; AND OURSELVES YOUR SERVANTS FOR JESUS' SAKE. -- 2 COR 4:5

DECLARATION OF THE FAITH AND PRACTICE OF GRACE CHURCH AT FRANKLIN


Read and assented to, at the Admission of MEMBERS.


Having been enabled, through divine Grace to give up ourselves to the Lord, and likewise to one another by the will of God, we account it as incumbent upon us, to make a declaration of our faith and practice, to the honor of Christ, and the glory of his Name; knowing, that with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation, we do joyfully declare the following:

Now all and each of these doctrines and ordinances we look upon ourselves under the greatest obligation to embrace, maintain and defend; believing it to be our duty to stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel. And whereas we are very sensible that our conduct, both in the world and the church, ought to be such as becomes the gospel of Christ, we judge it our incumbent duty, to walk in wisdom toward them that are without the church, and to exercise a conscience void of offence toward God and men, by living soberly, righteously and godly in this present world. Regarding our common fellowship with each other, we esteem it our duty to walk with each other in all humility and brotherly love; to watch over each other's conduct; to stir up one another to love and good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as we have opportunity, to worship God according to his revealed will; and when the case requires, to warn, rebuke and admonish one another, according to the rules of the Gospel.

Moreover, we believe that we are obliged to sympathize with each other in all conditions, both inward and outward, which God, in his providence, may bring us into; as also to bear with one another's weaknesses, failings and infirmities; and particularly to pray for one another, and that the Gospel, and all it's ordinances, might be blessed to the edification and comfort of each other's souls, and for the gathering in of others to Christ, besides those who are already gathered.

In all these duties we desire to be sound in the performance of, through the gracious assistance of the Holy Spirit; while we both admire and adore the grace which has given us a place and a name in God's house, better than that of sons and daughters (Isaiah 56:5.)