Our core beliefs represent what we believe to be core elements of Biblical teaching. All members of Covenant Church are expected to affirm and believe these basic doctrines.
The Scriptures, comprised of the 66 canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, were given by the inspiration of God. They are the only sufficient, certain, and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.
There is but one God. He is the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things, and infinitely has all perfections in and of Himself. All things exist for the glory of God, and all creatures owe to Him the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
God has revealed Himself as one God in 3 persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each has distinct personal attributes, but without division in nature, essence, or being so that each is equal. Each executes distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
The Fall of Man
God created man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, falling from his original holiness and righteousness. Man's posterity now inherits a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, and thus are under the condemnation of both physical and spiritual death.
Jesus is divinely appointed as the sole mediator between God and man. He is the only begotten, eternal Son of God who took upon Himself sinless human nature, perfectly fulfilled the Law, and suffered and died on the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to the right hand of His Father where he sits as Sovereign of the Universe. He intercedes for His people, the Church for whom he is Prophet, Priest, and King.
Only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ can we be forgiven of our sins, reconciled to God, and experience true life and joy. Saving faith believes the Scriptures and their testimony of Christ on God’s authority and is demonstrated by acknowledging the evilness of sin and by resting upon Jesus alone for justification of that sin and eternal life. The Holy Spirit works in a person’s heart to bring about this faith and guides the believer in a life of holiness.