At Covenant, we lovingly hold to the Bible, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, firmly believing it to be God’s holy, infallible, inerrant, and life-giving word.
As Reformed Christians, we emphasize from Scripture:
- The absolute sovereignty of God (God rules—he is in charge, in complete control);
- The doctrines and reality of amazing grace (the shockingly good news of the gospel); and
- The supreme lordship of Jesus Christ (over all of life).
As a confessional church, Covenant not only adheres to the ecumenical creeds of the universal church (the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds), but we also confess the teaching of the Westminster Confession of Faith and Larger and Shorter Catechisms as faithful summaries of the Bible and its message.
As Presbyterians, we follow the New Testament pattern of church government, which we believe is that of Christ ruling his church by his word and Spirit through a group of “elders” (coming from the Greek term presbuteros) on every level. Each local congregation is governed by a “Session,” made up of the minister(s) and ruling elders. Deacons also assist by supervising works of Christian mercy for our church family as well as those in need in our community. These ordained leaders are elected by the congregation and must be biblically qualified (1 Timothy 3:1-13).
One highly recommended, shorter version of what Reformed and Presbyterian Christians believe has been written by the old Princeton theologian of about 100 years ago, B.B. Warfield.
Covenant is a Christian congregation committed to the historic Christian faith. This does not mean that we are hidebound traditionalists, but it does mean that we are a part of something that has been living and breathing for hundreds, even thousands, of years. We are part of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC), belonging to its Presbytery of the Midwest. We are part of the Protestant branch of the Christian church family tree, tracing our theological roots to the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century—in particular to the confessionally Reformed and Presbyterian tradition promoted by great men of God like John Calvin and John Knox. Ultimately, of course, we see ourselves as heirs, along with all Christians, of the apostolic church of the New Testament.