11 Key Beliefs
1. The Bible alone and in its entirety is the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God. This means:
- The Bible alone defines what man must believe concerning God.
- The Bible alone defines what duty God requires of man.
- The Bible alone is our absolute and final authority at Covenant Church.
2. There is but one true and living God – He is eternal and infinite. He is one in essence and three in persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three persons are one God, the same in essence, and equal in power and glory.
3. God rules over all according to His eternal purpose and for His own glory: He is absolutely sovereign.
4. God created this world in the beginning out of nothing, by the word of His power, and all very good. God created mankind, Adam and Eve, upright and without sin to love Him and live for Him.
5. Our first parents defied God and disobeyed Him. The sin of Adam, as the head of mankind, plunged this world into a state of sin and misery. The horrific consequences of this dreadful sin are…
- All mankind fell into sin through Adam’s first transgression.
- All mankind are born corrupt in their entire nature, and spiritually dead to the things of God.
- All mankind lack the required righteousness to be able to be in a right relationship with God.
- All mankind are under God’s wrath and curse for their sin and subject to all the miseries of this life, to death itself, and to the pains of hell forever.
6. God out of His infinite love and good pleasure has not left all mankind to perish in their sin and misery. God has purposed to rescue a people out of their sin and misery by sending forth a Savior.
7. The only Savior is the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the eternal Son of God. He, in time, took on a true human nature and became man so that…
- He could suffer the punishment due to us for our sin by dying in our place on Calvary’s cross.
- He could fulfill all righteousness for us by living a perfectly obedient life in our place.
- He could secure forgiveness and eternal life for us.
8. The Lord Jesus Christ, being true God and true man, accomplished this great work for His people and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. He ascended into heaven and now applies the benefits of His perfect work to us by the almighty power of God the Holy Spirit.
9. God is now pleased to proclaim to us what Christ has done through the preaching of the “good news” or gospel. Through the preaching of the gospel the Holy Spirit grants us new life as He…
- convinces us of our sin and misery.
- enlightens our minds to understand the truth of Jesus Christ and our need for Him.
- renews our crooked will.
- enables us to turn from sin and embrace Jesus Christ alone for our salvation.
10. As we are enabled to receive and rest in Jesus Christ alone for our salvation, we enjoy by God’s amazing grace…
- Justification – God pardons all our sin and accepts us as righteous in His sight only because of Christ’s righteousness imputed to us, and received by faith alone.
- Adoption – God receives us into the family of God with all the privileges of first-born sons.
- Membership in Christ’s Church – we join in the public worship of God; have access to His ordinances; are fed, nourished, shepherded, cared for, and equipped to be a blessing to others.
- Sanctification – we are now being renewed by God’s grace and more and more enabled to die unto sin and live in a manner pleasing to God.
- Perseverance – God promises to persevere us in the faith by His grace unto the end.
- The Promise of Glorification – we are guaranteed victory over death and the certainty of our bodies being raised on the last day to fully enjoy God to all eternity.
11. The Lord Jesus Christ will return on the Last Day to raise the dead and judge everyone who has ever lived on the earth. Those who have trusted in Him alone for their salvation will be ushered into eternity to enjoy God forever. Those who have not trusted in Christ as their Lord and Savior will be judged for their sin and condemned to hell to suffer in body and soul under God’s wrath forever.
We at Covenant Church are a confessionally reformed Church. This means that we adhere to a written confession of faith which carefully summarizes the key teachings of the Bible. Our written confession was hammered out with great care and diligence in the middle of the 17th century at Westminster Abbey in London, England. This confession is thoroughly biblical, protestant, and reformed. The documents we adhere to in all of our teaching and preaching include: the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Larger Catechism, and the Westminster Shorter Catechism.