God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe, existing in three persons called the Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He lived a sinless human life to reveal God to us, and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead, and will return to earth to rule forever. (Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit equips Christians for personal growth and service, and draws unbelievers to Christ. The church partners with the Holy Spirit to draw people into a growing relationship with Jesus and serve the needs of a hurting world. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
The Bible is God’s Word to us, written by human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the primary and authoritative source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. (2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
All people matter to God – and to us. We are created in the image of God, to have a personal relationship with God, and to be like God in character. However, our character is marred by an attitude of self-centeredness and disobedience (called sin) that separates us from God. When we own up to our sin and trust Jesus to save us, we are reunited with God and we have the gift of eternal life. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23, 6:23; Isaiah 59:1,2; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
Q: When do you observe Holy Communion?
A: Our hope each week is that God will speak to you in a very personal way through worship. Following the message each week we provide several opportunities for you to respond to what God is saying. One of these response opportunities is celebrating Holy Communion.
Q: Is Holy Communion open to everyone?
A: Holy Communion is open to anyone who sees their need for God’s grace through Jesus Christ.
Q: What is Covenant’s belief about baptism?
A: Baptism is a sacrament. In a sacrament, God uses common elements - in this case, water - as means or vehicles of divine grace. We baptize adults as a sign of their acceptance of God. We baptize infants as a sign of God's acceptance of them - and of their parent's acceptance of the task of teaching them to follow Jesus. For more information on baptism, click here.
Q: Is Covenant affiliated with a denomination?
A: Yes. Covenant Community Church is a United Methodist Church.