At Covenant, we believe that the Bible is from God and that the Bible is true. According to the Bible, the following are affirmations we hold:
The Bible is the inspired word of God, is without error, and contains everything we need to know about a right relationship with God and the human community. The Bible is the basis for all of our essential beliefs (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
God is one (Mark 12:29), yet mysteriously exists in three Persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), who are to be equally loved, honored, and adored (Matthew 28:19)
People are created by God, in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Therefore, all people must be treated with dignity, honor, and respect (James 3:9-10). At the same time, in their quest for independence and self, all people have been alienated from God, and are without hope apart from His loving and gracious intervention (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1).
Jesus is fully God and fully human. He is the one and only Mediator able to restore the fractured relationship between God and people (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
Restoration between God and people (also called salvation) begins when the Holy Spirit gives people a new heart, leading and enabling them to trust in Jesus for salvation (John 1:12-13). God will also restore the entire universe to a place of beauty, rest, joy, and freedom (Romans 8:18-30).
Good works do not and cannot make a person acceptable to God (Ephesians 2:8-9), but are the natural outcome of authentic faith in Jesus (James 2:17). However, we become more fully human-the very best version of ourselves-to the degree that we follow God’s loving commands. His commands, properly understood, are neither limiting nor oppressive. They are life-giving, and submission to them is essential for human flourishing.
The Church is the family of God, and consists of those who place their functional trust (faith) in Jesus. God wants all members of His worldwide Church, together with their children, to be active in a local church which meets regularly to worship God, serve each other, and be a life-giving presence in the local community and world (Acts 2:42-46; Hebrews 10:24-25).