Covenant Presbyterian Church
The small church with a big dream.
Member Presbyterian Church in America
What We Believe
What we believe is expanded upon in the Westminster Standards - the
Westminster
Confession of Faith, and the Larger (Part 1, Part 2) and Shorter
Catechisms.
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… About the Bible:
The Bible is God's letter to man. Its message, though penned by man, comes
from the very mind of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. We call that
divine inspiration. There's no other book like it in the world. We know we can
trust it, because God never lies and always keeps His promises. Being God He is
also powerful enough to preserve His Word forever. The Bible tells us what is true
about God, people, and people's need for a savior. In its original writings, it is
inerrant, meaning without error. Therefore, the Bible has the final say on matters
of faith and practice, what we believe about God and what He expects of us.
(See
2 Timothy 3:16.)

… About God:
God is cloaked in great mystery, yet has shown Himself to us, though not totally.
One aspect of that mystery is that He is the Holy Trinity, one Being, yet three
persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He exists apart from the material world. He
created the physical universe as well as the unseen spiritual world, yet He remains
separate from them. He is, therefore, infinite and eternal having no beginning nor
end. As the Supreme Being, He has no equal anywhere. He is the Sovereign King
who rules over heaven and earth. He created all things and by His providence
governs and preserves them. He is a spirit, so He has no body. He is Holy,
unchangeable, all wise, perfectly just, and altogether good. And God is love.
Therefore, He is worthy of our praise and worship. As sinful creatures we have
offended Him, and we need to be delivered from His anger.

… About Jesus:
That's where Jesus Christ comes in. He is the only begotten Son of God,
conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, truly God, yet truly
man. Christ is the only mediator between God and man, because He is both God
and man. Through His life, death, resurrection and ascension, He saved His Elect
from the coming judgment of God. This decisive victory for His people
established His Kingdom among them in preparation for His return.
(Elect simply
means those whom God chose beforehand, whom He foreknew or fore-loved
before creation, see
Ephesians 1:4; Romans 8:28-30).

… About the Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is in the world to
apply the saving decrees of God to His chosen people and to convince and
convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He provides the Christian
with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is
pleasing to God. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

… About Human Beings:
A long time ago, God made man from the dust of the earth. He was perfect,
created in the likeness of God as a thinking, moral and spiritual being. Adam, the
first human being, along with his wife, Eve, disobeyed God and lost their original
perfection. So, God threw them out of the Garden of Eden where they had been
very close to God. Ever since then people have been sinning. Man's fall affected
him spiritually, intellectually and physically. He is restored only by an act of God's
grace through Jesus Christ. Although every person has tremendous power for
good, all of us have sinned and fallen short of God's intention for us. Our sins
separate us from God and others and deserve God's eternal punishment in Hell.

… About Salvation:
We believe that salvation is by God's grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ
alone. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.
Only by trusting in Jesus as God's provision for our atonement can anyone be
saved from sin's penalty. His grace is free, unmerited, and life-changing.

… About the Second Coming:
The Lord will return in glory and triumph for the final judgment and the total and
complete realization of His kingdom.
... for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the
waters cover the sea. - Isaiah 11:9