Our aim at Covenant Church is to foster and celebrate the culture of the Kingdom of God that we see taking root among us. Not perfectly, by any means, but our prayer is that it becomes increasingly evident among our people and in our city that God is at work here.
We desire to see God create…
Against the backdrop of hostility and hatred in the world, we believe the church should be a place where people can see and experience the love of God through Jesus and his people.
Ephesians 4:3 says that we should be “Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” God’s Spirit wants the church to be unified. We maintain unity by choosing a posture of humility instead of pride, and of service instead of demands.
There is great joy in serving Jesus. The gospel makes “doing the right thing” a joy and delight; not a burden or means to an end. The psalmist reminds us that it is in the presence of God that the fullness of joy is found. Psalm 16:11
The gospel leads us to love, which in turn moves us to give our neighbor whatever is needed. God has been so generous to us – as we grow in his likeness, we will be generous with our time, abilities, and resources.
Biblical hospitality involves the love of strangers, widows, orphans, foreigners and refugees. We love the stranger because God loved us even when we did not know him. Paul reminds us that we should “seek to show hospitality” Romans 12:13, and, as a church, we seek to practice Biblical hospitality not only in our gatherings, but, more importantly, in our everyday lives.
“The Church is the Church only when it exists for others.” The Great Commission is a claim upon us to sacrifice our agendas in order to bring life to others. This was never meant to be easy. Unless we die to ourselves, we will never see our lives or culture transformed into the image of Christ.
We are not okay with the brokenness of the world. Because we have experienced and are experiencing the restoration of life through the power of God, we are committed to bringing restoration to the broken parts of our city.
The deepest and strongest foundation of adoption lays not in the act of humans adopting humans, but in God adopting humans. Adoption is a result of the fall, and through adoption God, in his stunning grace, redeems what has been broken. As followers of Jesus, it is impossible for us to sit by and not use the many resources God has granted us to care for orphans – whether by providing permanent homes, foster homes, or support for those in the adoption and fostering processes.