Our church is not our building, programs, or activities. Our church is made up of our people who have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light (I Peter 2:9). We will be the first to admit there is nothing special about us except our identity as fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We are all sinners who have received forgiveness of sins by God's grace alone through faith alone in Christ's work alone. Our congregation meets every week to worship our Creator in obedience to God and gratitude for what He has done.
Having been led as we believe, by Divine Grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to give up ourselves to Him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully enter into this covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We will eagerly maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph. 4:1-3)
We will walk together in brotherly love, put away all bitterness, anger, and injurious speech, be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven us, exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish and entreat one another as occasion may require. (Luke 17:3; Eph. 4:31-32; Col. 3:13; 1 Thess. 5:14; 1 Pet. 1:22)
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others. (1 Tim. 2:1-2; Heb. 10:25)
We will endeavor to train our children in the instruction of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family, friends, and neighbors. (Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4; 1 Pet. 3:1)
We will rejoice at each other’s happiness and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows. (Rom. 12:15; Gal. 6:2)
We will strive to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, living self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age, as we wait for the blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. (Gal. 5:22-24; Titus 2:11-13; 1 Pet. 1:14)
We will work together for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines. We will give it a sacred pre-eminence over all institutions of human origin, and will 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. (Matt 18:17; 28:19; Luke 12:33; Acts 2:38; 1 Cor. 5:13; 11:26; 2 Cor. 9:7; 2 Tim. 4:2)
We will, when we move from this place, 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.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen. (2 Cor. 13:14)
Our pastor has been serving the congregation in Sweet Valley since 1997. Pastor Tim is a faithful student of God's Word, and seeks to exalt Christ above all in every message through expository preaching as we study the Scriptures book by book. He holds both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Bible and Theology.
We are located about 15 minutes from the center of Dallas or Harveys Lake in the Back Mountain area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Our church is in a small rural town just minutes from Ricketts Glen State Park.