Values & Beliefs
The Vision of Covenant Church is to be a biblically faithful family of believers where Christ’s redemptive grace leads us to love each other and love our community in ways that change lives.
- Live Biblically
Because devoted followers of Jesus Christ are students of God’s Word and they serve others. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- Include Everyone
Because real love involves people from all walks and stages of life (Mark 12:28-31)
- Faithful Friendship
Because faith grows in relationship with others (Hebrews 10:24-25)
- Extreme Hospitality
Because Covenant Church is a safe place for all people (Matthew 25:34-40)
The Foundational Beliefs of Covenant Church
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Scriptural References: Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:22; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
- Jesus Christ:
Jesus is the Son of God, fully man, fully God. Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on the cross. After three days, He arose from the dead. He will return again someday to reign.
Scriptural References: Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-15, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
- The Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit provides us with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
Scriptural References: 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
- The Bible:
The Bible is God’s Word to us. While it was written by human authors, they were guided by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is preeminent as the source of truth for faith and action. Inspired by God, the Bible is the truth without rival or error.
Scriptural References: 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalms 12:6, 119: 105-160; Proverbs 30:5
We are created in God’s image. We have direct access to God through prayer. While we are created with potential for much good, we all fall short of God’s glory.
Scriptural References: Genesis 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23
Salvation is God’s free gift (grace) to all who accept it. We cannot make up for our sin with good works or attempts at self-improvement. We are saved only by Jesus’ death on the cross and through our acceptance of that gift.
Scriptural References: Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
- Eternal Security:
If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot lose your salvation. Salvation is maintained by the power and grace of God. It is not ours, through word or deed, to keep. It is this power and grace of God which gives us such serenity.
Scriptural References: John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
People will either live eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation, or exist eternally separated from God by sin. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in unison with Him is eternal life (heaven). Heaven and Hell are real places.
Scriptural References: John 3:16; 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelations 20:15; Matthew 18:8, 25:44, 46
- The Local Church:
The local church is a body of believers organized for worship, work, and fellowship. We are ultimately responsible to Christ alone who is its Savior and Lord. In its practices, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper are its sacraments.
Scriptural References: Romans 6:3-4; Matthew 28:19, 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
EPC: The Essentials of Our Faith
All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the 66 books of the Old Testament and the New Testament, is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these Essentials.
- We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory, and praise forever!
- Jesus Christ, the Living Word, became flesh through his miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
- The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling in our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
- Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heir of eternal life.
- The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in the local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
- Jesus Christ will come again to the earth – personally, visibly, and bodily – to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus." (Revelations 22:20)
- The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.