What We Believe
When someone wants to join our church we ask two questions about belief: “Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior and promise to follow Him as Lord?” and “Do you accept the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, as the word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct?”
That is essential to who we are, but we also have historically been committed to particular central beliefs, that we call affirmations, which are:
- We affirm the centrality of the word of God.
- We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
- We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
- We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
- We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
- We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.
For more details on what these affirmations mean, visit the Beliefs page of the Evangelical Covenant Church’s website.
A Brief Look at the History of the Covenant Church
The faith of Covenanters throughout the US is guided by our Covenant Affirmations of Faith. The Evangelical Covenant Church has always been more a life movement than a doctrinal movement. It takes its place among the non-confessional churches. Its spirit is emphasized in the preamble to the Covenant Constitution:
The Evangelical Covenant Church has its roots in historical Christianity as it emerged in the Protestant Reformation, in the biblical instruction of the Lutheran State Church of Sweden, and in the great spiritual awakenings of the nineteenth century. These three influences have in large measure shaped its development and are to be borne in mind in seeking to understand its distinctive spirit.
The Covenant Church adheres to the affirmations of the Protestant Reformation regarding the Holy Scriptures, the Old and the New Testament, as the Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct. It has traditionally valued the historic confessions of the Christian church, particularly the Apostles' Creed, while at the same time it has emphasized the sovereignty of the Word over all creedal interpretations. It has especially cherished the pietistic restatement of the doctrine of justification by faith as basic to its dual task of evangelism and Christian nurture, the New Testament emphasis upon personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, the reality of a fellowship of believers which recognizes but transcends theological differences, and the belief in baptism and the Lord's Supper as divinely ordained sacraments of the church. While the denomination has traditionally practiced the baptism of infants, in conformity with its principle of freedom it has also recognized the practice of believer baptism. The principle of personal freedom, so highly esteemed by the Covenant, is to be distinguished from the individualism that disregards the centrality of the Word of God and the mutual responsibilities and disciplines of the spiritual community.
In a sense, this is the Covenant Church's sole confession. Covenanters do not, however, minimize the importance of doctrine. They affirm that correct doctrine is a necessary though not sufficient condition for vital and growing faith.
The Covenant Logo
The design is based on the symbolic person - four of them actually - north, south, east, and west. Note that the person's arms are outstretched, indicating the outreach in evangelism of the church. The four are part of a whole, yet their hands do not touch, symbolizing the freedom and individuality of the Covenant.
The geometric arrangement of the four figures result in a cross-like pattern, representative of the center of our faith.
The center circle symbolizes the unity and bond of fellowship which we call "the Covenant."
If you would like to learn more about the beliefs and teachings of the Covenant Church, please call Pastor Mark at 966-2383.