What We Believe
What We Believe and How We Strive to Live it!
–To Glorify God & Remain Christ-Centered in all we are & do.
We gather regularly to worship and share in Christ’s love. We praise God and appropriate God’s Grace as we Partake in the Sacraments, Experience the Bible, Sing, Listen, Give and Pray. [Exodus 20:2-6; Deuteronomy 29:18; 1 Chronicles 16:23-31; Psalm 29; Psalm 95:1-7; Psalm 96:4a; Psalm 150; Philippians 2:9-11; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 13:15; Revelation 4:8-11]
–To Grow Close to God as we walk with God.
Being led by the Spirit, and reading the Bible together, we aspire to be a biblical, authentic, warm, and maturing community of Christ followers. [Genesis 5:24; 1 Samuel 15:22; Matthew 28:16-20; John 15:1-5; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Timothy 2:2; James 1:22, 27]
–To Grow our Congregation Intergenerationally.
[Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Psalm 145:4-6; Matthew 18:6-9 & 19:13-15]
–To Grow the Kingdom through sharing our faith with non-believers.
[Matthew 19:13-15; Matthew 28:19; Luke 10:1-2; John 14:6; Acts 2:47; Acts 8:4-40; Acts 16:13-15; Romans 10:13]
–To Go and Make a Difference.
We create opportunities that reach out, serve, and build bridges with our neighbors. We partner with established ministries of service, compassion, and justice that utilize the gifts and desires of our church people. [Jeremiah 29:7; Matthew 10:42; Matthew 25:37-40; James 1:26-27]
Our Core Values:
–We are COMMITTED to the BIBLE: “The Bible is the Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine and conduct”. We believe in the authority of the Bible to guide our path, purpose, programs and productivity. [Joshua 1:8; Joshua 23:6; Psalm 119:9 & 11; Isaiah 40:8; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12-13]
–We DESIRE to be a people of PRAYER: Prayer is our ongoing connection with God. We want to continually be conscious of praise and prayer moment by moment. We desire our prayers to be authentic, cathartic, and joyful in both our speaking and our listening. [Daniel 9:4-19; Psalms; Matthew 6:5-15; John 17; Acts 4:23-31; 1 John 5:14]
–We CHERISH WORSHIP & MUSIC: We have many gifts of worship and music (styles, instruments, and voice), and we want to encourage and enjoy those gifts. We want to develop a culture of invitation and grooming in areas of music and worship. [Psalm 100; Psalm 150; John 4:21-24; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 12:28-29]
–We ENJOY and CARE for our Church FELLOWSHIP: We don’t just share pews once a week, we share our lives with each other. We receive accountability and guidance from each other, our leadership and the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). We enjoy our ECC partnership. [Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:10-16; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:32; Philippians 2:1-2; Hebrews 10:24; 1 John 1:3-11, 23]
–We BELIEVE that KINDNESS & FAITHFULNESS are essential: We live well together even though we don’t see eye to eye on everything. We extend grace in differing opinions while striving to stay true to God. [Romans 12:18; Romans 14:1-12, Romans 15:5-7; 1 Corinthians 10:23-33; Galatians 6:10]
–We LOVE across GENERATIONS: Our church is made rich because we truly have every generation in our church, and we enjoy and live well in that reality. [Joshua 4:6; Psalm 78:5-6; Psalm 145:4-6; Galatians 6:10]
–We VALUE CHILDREN & YOUTH: We recognize the joy and necessity of guiding children to faith in Jesus. We want youth to know that “following Jesus will make your life better and make you better at life”. [Deuteronomy 4:9; Deuteronomy 31:11-13; Psalm 127:3-5; Matthew 18:2-14; Luke 18:15-17; Ephesians 6:1-4; 2 Timothy 3:14-15]
–We ACT in GENEROSITY: We are generous with our affections and our resources of treasure, talent, and time. [Leviticus 25:35–37; Proverbs 19:17; Acts 20:35; Romans 12:13; 2 Corinthians 8:2-3, 5, 7, 9-11; 2 Corinthians 9:5-13]
–We SERVE our COMMUNITY AND WORLD in Jesus Name: We create events to serve, partner with service organizations in North Iowa, and strongly support World Missions via ECC. [Matthew 10:42; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:13-14; Philippians 2:1-11; 1 Peter 4:10]
If we had a statement of faith, it would be… “We believe that Old and New Testament are the Word of God and are the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine and conduct.”
The Covenant Denomination is:
Biblical; Devotional; Connectional; and Missional
The core of a Covenant Church can be summarized by the following six affirmations.
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 is the fellowship of believers.
We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.
More descriptions of the Covenant Affirmations can be found here.
We are a member church of the of the Evangelical Covenant Church. For more information about the Evangelical Covenant Church check out the denomination website; covchurch.org