We don’t only begin with worship, but we end there as well, coming full circle. It is the goal. As John Piper has aptly written, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” So by the power of God’s Spirit we give ourselves to all of the above, that others might join us and that together we might exalt the God of grace. Christ came for this purpose, to reclaim people like us and those around us as true worshippers of his God and Father. And it overflows to all things, at all times. At home, in the neighborhood, at work, at school, at play, we are to pursue the glory of God.
*Some of the language of this Mission Statement is borrowed, with permission, from Hope Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA), Shippensburg, PA.
Our Core Values
*THE GOSPEL OF GRACE: At Covenant, the gospel of grace comes first—the good news of Jesus in saving sinners, everything from pardoning their sins to giving them eternal life to transforming them. Everything else flows from this. It is the main thing. And, as someone has said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”
*Christian Liberty: We emphasize our freedom in Christ, seeking to resist all forms of legalism. There is no one absolute way to educate our children; to dress modestly; to keep the Sabbath Day; etc. We seek to serve one another in love, extending grace in matters in which we are free to disagree or approach things differently.
*Worship: We give ourselves to the joyful, reverent, God-centered worship of God, empowered by his Spirit and regulated through his word.
*Preaching: We cherish clear, biblical, expository, Christ-centered, practical preaching, leading to the application of the gospel.
*Prayer: We must pray our way through life and ministry, for apart from the Lord we can do nothing.
*Teaching: We grow and thrive upon solid teaching, aiming to help provide a biblical, theologically robust worldview.
*Fellowship: We aim to be a caring, intimate community, in which we seek to develop real friendships. Our Sunday afternoon fellowship meals help facilitate this.
*People Over Programs: We do not offer lots of flashy programs. We keep it pretty simple. But one thing we emphasize is that each and every person matters. So, led by our minister, elders, and deacons, we strive to provide competent and proactive shepherding for all.
*Love for Neighbor: We seek to love one another, but also to actively love and serve our neighbors. We identify and seek to help meet many needs, but we especially do this through the sharing of the gospel.
*Hospitality: We seek to embody the hospitality of Christ, to be inviting and welcoming towards anyone and everyone the Lord brings our way.
*The Kingdom: We prioritize zeal in building strong Christian churches, helping to plant new OPC congregations; in sending and supporting cross-cultural missionaries and their work; and also in partnering with other like-minded churches to advance God’s kingdom on earth.