What we believe really does matter. But where do our beliefs come from? In our generation many well-meaning people determine their belief system by asking, “Well, what’s right for us?” or “What works for us?” or even “What makes the greatest number of people happy?”
At Christ’s Covenant Church we have sought to determine our core convictions by asking instead, “What does God say is true? What has God revealed about truth in His Word, the Bible?” In asking these questions, we find ourselves standing on the shoulders of many godly truth-seekers from past generations, especially from that era know as The Reformation.
This is our Statement of Faith:
We believe and teach that the Bible is God’s Word to man. It is composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. In that it originated with God, the Bible is without error in its original form, and alone is authoritative for what we believe and how we live. 2 TIMOTHY 3.16-17; 2 PETER 1.19-21
We strongly believe that God is God, existing in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is not a figment of our imaginations, but a real Person who has revealed himself as the eternal, perfectly holy, loving Creator of all that exists. As the Creator, He uses his sovereign (kingly) right to do as he pleases with his creation—including the existence and destiny of people. As the one and only Sovereign King, he deserves all of our worship, love, and obedience. EXODUS 34.6-7; PSALM 115.3; JEREMIAH 10.10; 2 CORINTHIANS 13.14
Mankind was created by God. This Creator-creature relationship shows us that man was designed to be dependent on God. Mankind was God’s special creation—His representative (image-bearer) on earth, placed here to rule God’s world for him. This aspect of man’s relationship with God shows us that man is accountable to God for all he does. GENESIS 1.27; PSALMS 8.4-6; 1 PETER 4.5
The first man and woman, Adam and Eve, defied God. They sinned by wrongly assuming that they could be independent of God and that they would not be held accountable to obey him. Thus sin entered the world. The sin nature has been passed down from one generation to the next, as is evidenced by the sinful behavior of all mankind. GENESIS 3; GENESIS 6.5; ROMANS 3.10-19
God alone is the Author, Accomplisher, and Applier of the salvation that man so desperately needs in order to escape the bondage of guilt and the eternal punishment of sin. We strongly believe the Bible teaches that it is God who has taken the initiative to plan the means and recipients of His salvation. Salvation, from beginning to end, is the work of our sovereign, gracious God. God’s plan of salvation was worked out in eternity past, accomplished in the life, death, and resurrection of His chosen Savior, Jesus Christ, and applied to His chosen recipients individually. God commands sinners everywhere to turn from their sins to the one and only Savior, Jesus Christ. Salvation is by God’s grace through faith in His Son. All people will be held accountable as to whether or not they have heeded this call to place their faith in Jesus. EPHESIANS 1.3-14; EPHESIANS 2.8-9; ACTS 17.30; JOHN 14.6; JOHN 1.12-13
The Christian Life
For those who have a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ, there is an essential accompaniment of a life of holiness and obedience to God. The Holy Spirit indwells and empowers Christians to love and obey God. The Christian, by the strength the Holy Spirit gives him, seeks to grow to be more like Jesus in his attitudes and actions. MICAH 6.8; MATTHEW 22.34-40; GALATIANS 5.22-25
When a person is saved, he is joined not only to Jesus Christ but also to Christ’s body, the church. There is one true “universal” church comprising all who genuinely acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. The Bible directs Christians to assemble together in local churches. We believe that active involvement is not an option for a Christian but a necessity for Christian growth and service. The local church consists of those who have professed faith in Christ and who have expressed their commitment to follow Jesus Christ in the ordinance of believer’s baptism. These committed believers function as a unit for three key purposes; 1) for the worship of God, 2) for fellowship with one another, and 3) for evangelizing those still lost. COLOSSIANS 1.18-20; 1 CORINTHIANS 12.27; HEBREWS 10.24-25; PSALMS 95.1-7; 1 JOHN 1.3-7; MATTHEW 28.19-20, 1 CORINTHIANS 11.23-26
We believe in the personal, visible, and triumphal return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth. There will be a resurrection of all the dead and a final judgment that will reveal the destiny of each individual. This judgment will prove the grace and justice of God. People who have not placed their faith in Jesus will be sent to eternal, conscious punishment in hell. Those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ will be received into eternal, joyful communion with God. 1 THESSALONIANS 4.13-18; 2 CORINTHIANS 5.10; 2 PETER 3.10-13
For information about how we operate as a church, please see our Constitution and Articles of Faith.