We have been gathered together by our mutual need to experience the love of God as seen in Jesus Christ, our Lord. We seek to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to respond to the great commandments and the great commission: to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, to love our neighbors as ourselves and to go anywhere we can, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, inviting others to join us in this life-long process of being his disciples.
By the grace of God we commit ourselves to:
- cultivate communities of worship committed to prayer, preaching, study of the Bible, the celebration of the sacraments and fellowship across gender, race, age, culture and class.
- equip loving, giving, growing Christians to reach out with the good news of Jesus Christ evangelizing the lost, ministering to those in need and seeking relief for the oppressed.
Just what is the Covenant Church anyway?
We could be described in terms of statistics, organization, or doctrine. Perhaps it is most meaningful to say that we are custodians of four values which seem to make us unique.
We are Evangelicalbut not Exclusive. The heart of the gospel is grace: unmerited favor! We believe grace is the only way to salvation, the Christian life is an experience of grace, and the church is a community of grace. We welcome all those who are in need of the love and grace of Christ.
We are Biblicalbut not Doctrinaire. All faith, doctrine, and conduct must agree with Scripture. Whatever we speak, sing, or do is tested by where is it written? In order to interpret the Bible, we must read the Word, listen to others, and invite the Spirit to guide us into all truth. As a family of grace, we accept the uniqueness of all believers and agree to disagree in nonessentials!
We are Congregationalbut not independent. Final authority in church affairs lies with all the people, not with ministers or officials. Our purpose is to do things together that cannot be achieved alone. From the start, we did not organize around a person, system, or doctrine, but around mission.
We are Traditionalbut not Rigid. We do not seek change for its own sake. But we dont give emotional or constitutional authority to church traditions. Our unity does not lie in having identical church traditions, but rather in having the same Lord, and the same faith.
A Word About Our Faith
We believe in the Holy Scriptures as the Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct. The Word of God is spirit and life and therefore requires of us a spiritual and living response. This response involves a commitment to the person of Jesus Christ and a dedication to follow him as Lord. Our church recognizes but transcends theological differences through sharing a common life in Christ. We hold to and observe the sacraments of Baptism and the Lords Supper.
We believe in the gospel for the whole person and the whole world. Such concern for wholeness finds expression in evangelism, in Christian education, and in the missionary task, which includes the community in which our church is located. We welcome into membership all who confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
This means for us that we share our faith and experiences with God in our church community as well as everybody does individually outside the church to witness Him in the world. Our church community is diverse which is a special gift. Together we worship God in the service and in our community to witness out Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We welcome everybody in our church and would like to share our gifts with you. Our God is alive and you can experience him in your life, too. Jesus has positively affected the lives of many of us, and we look forward to sharing the worlds most important message.
What does the Covenant Church believe? ·
Only the Triune God (Father, Son, Spirit) is worthy of worship. He alone is perfectly holy, able, and willing to bring about what is best for those who love Him.
· All have sinned and have fallen out of relationship with God. God loves us and invites us into restored relationship through Jesus.
· The Bible, the Old and New Testaments, is Gods Holy Word and our only reliable spiritual authority. Where is it written?
- Christians must be actively growing disciples and faithfully praying witnesses.
- Christians should be filled with the Holy Spirit who bears fruit, gifts and guides us.
- The church is Christs body called worship God and to be equipped for loving service. We celebrate regularly the sacraments of Communion and Baptism.
- Jesus will soon return to judge the world and take His own to Heaven.
1. The centrality of the Word of God.
2. The necessity of the new birth.
3. The church as a fellowship of believers.
4. A conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
5. The reality of freedom in Christ
Other descriptions of our church and our denomination which are helpful include the following:
- We are a Biblical ChurchThe authority of Scripture must be followed in every area of life. ·
- We are a Missional ChurchThe passion to reach out with the Good News of Jesus must be evident.
- We are a Devotional ChurchGod must touch the heart of the believer
- We are a Relational ChurchOur connections or covenant with one another must maintained.