We, the members of the East Sylva Baptist Church, Sylva, North Carolina, having been led as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on profession of our faith, having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, enter into a covenant with each other, as one body in Christ. We, therefore, agree, by the help of the Holy Spirit and with the Bible, the inspired word of God as our guide, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church; to promote spirituality; to sustain its worship, discipline and doctrine; to observe the church ordinances of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper as authorized by our local church; to contribute cheerfully and regularly of God’s tithes and our offerings to the support of the ministry of our church and to the spread of the gospel to all nations.
We the members of East Sylva Baptist Church believe that the priesthood of the believer is based on the following scripture: Romans 12:1-2 which states “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God; that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto god. Which is your reasonable service. And be not transformed to the world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Hebrews 4:14-16 states “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” I Peter 2:9-10 also states “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood. An holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God; which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” We believe that Jesus Christ is our high priest seated at the throne of God.
We agree to encourage personal and family devotions; to educate our children according to our faith; to seek the salvation of the unbeliever; to be just in our dealings, reliable in our responsibilities, and an example to those around us; to abstain from the sale and use of substances harmful to our bodies, which are the temples of God; to use our influence to combat the abuse of all substances; and to work untiringly for the advancement of the kingdom of our Savior by witnessing in words and actions.
We agree to walk in Christian harmony and watchfulness, giving and receiving assistance with meekness and affection; to pray for one another; to help each other in sickness and sorrow; to be slow to get angry; to always be eager for reconciliation, seeking it without delay. We further agree that, when we move from this area, we will as soon as possible unite with some church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word
(ESBC Constitution and By-Laws).