Beliefs

Our Mission …

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… is to invite people into a caring church family, introduce them into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ, and inspire them to follow him with wholehearted devotion, empowered by His Spirit and guided by His word.

Our Vision …

… is to build bridges of God’s hope and healing in our relationships, in our community, and across the world.

Getting to Know Covenant

Covenant Presbyterian Church is part of the PC(USA) denomination. From the very beginning of Covenant’s life as a congregation, one set of principles has stood at the center of our identity and the core of our gathered life – in essentials, unity; in non-essentials, diversity; in everything, love.

  • In Essentials, Unity: “There is one body and one Spirit … there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all.” Ephesians 4.4-6
  • In Non-Essentials, Diversity: “Accept the one whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters … who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master they stand or fall … so then each of us will give an account of ourselves to God … so whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God .” Romans 14.1, 4, 12, 22
  • In Everything, Love: If I hold in my mind all human knowledge and the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith to move mountains … but have not love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Corinthians 13.2

We view the faith expressed in the Apostle’s Creed as illuminating the essentials of the Christian faith:

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from where he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Lordship of Jesus Christ

It is Jesus Christ who is at the heart of our gathered life together. It is Jesus Christ to whom the whole of Scripture points us. It is Jesus Christ who redeems us, making us new and making us right with God. It is Jesus Christ who calls us together for worship, for ministry, and for life.

The Authority of the Scriptures

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The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the authoritative witness to Jesus Christ. There we find guidance for our life and mission as a church. In the Scriptures we discover God, for there God makes Himself known to us. In the Scriptures, God speaks to us by His Spirit, answering with authority our every question about Himself, about humanity, and about the life God has for us. It is in the Scriptures that we find our final authority for all of life and faith.

The Relational Quality of the Life of Faith

God calls us into a relationship with Himself, through faith in Jesus Christ. He sends His Spirit to live in us, to gift us, empower us, and guide us People photofor life and ministry. It is in relationship that we live out the Christian life together. It is into a relationship of loving acceptance and caring service with each other that God places us. And it is into a relationship of grace and compassion towards the world that God sends us.

Our faith in Jesus Christ, our confidence in the Scriptures, and our emphasis on relationships are primary for us. They are the essentials, the center of our belief as a church. Everything else is secondary. In other areas of conviction, we celebrate a diversity of perspectives. Covenant is made up of people who come from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, including different religious traditions. This diversity has been an intentional part of Covenant since its inception in October of 1984. The diversity of backgrounds has been complemented by a diversity of gifts, skills, personalities, passions for ministry, and perspectives. We celebrate this diversity as an expression of God’s varied grace in its many forms, revealed through his church, and we are committed to creating a climate of affirmation and acceptance in the midst of our differences.