Love well, think deeply.

At Christ Covenant Church, our ministries overflow from loving God well and thinking deeply.  This requires us to to “order our affections” as Augustine once put it.  There is great freedom in this order, for the right love of God will overflow into right action and service.  Indeed, Augustine wrote, “Love God and do whatever you please: for the soul trained in love to God will do nothing to offend the One who is Beloved.”

So how are our souls trained in love to God?  Matthew 22 recounts a Pharisee asking Jesus, “Which is the great commandment in the Law?”  Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  We would expect matters of religion to involve the heart and soul, but Jesus tells us also to love God with our minds.  Loving God with our minds is what the Apostle Paul meant when he wrote to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5).  When we think Biblically, it affects what we think, why we think, and how we think.

WHAT WE THINK 

First, we believe the world around us was created through Jesus and for Jesus.  "All things were created through Him and for Him. And he is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Col. 1:16-17).  All that He created is good (Gen. 1:31) and everything in the world belongs to and relates to its Creator.  He reveals Himself through both general revelation, by the things He has made, and through special revelation in the Bible.  Thus, Scripture is the lens through which we interpret the world.  To think Biblically is to seek to understand the world - its people, it problems, and Biblical solutions - all in the light of God’s Word.

WHY WE THINK

We want to think Biblically because it reflects the image of God when we do.  The Bible tells us that we were made in His image.  We were commanded to have dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:26).  Part of obeying this command means to understand the world and everything in it as best we can.  Because God made everything for His own glory, thinking Biblically should lead us to a greater understanding of His character.

HOW WE THINK

Thinking Biblically calls us to look for and delight in the glory of God in everything.  We see knowledge as intermediate; in other words, mere knowledge about God and His world is worth nothing if it does not lead us to greater love and devotion to Him.  Examining the creation rightly will always lead us to a greater knowledge of the Creator.  If the forms and patterns of our thinking do not lead us to awe and adoration, we need to think more carefully.  True Biblical thinking should always lead us to God.  And thinking Biblically not only involves thinking in Biblical categories, but also in Biblical ways.  For example, we are told in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  Perhaps better than any other single place in Scripture, Romans 12:2 sums up Biblical thinking. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Toward this end, we encourage our church family to love well, think deeply, and let their ministries - both individual and corporate - overflow from the knowledge of God in their hearts and minds.  We encourage our members to be devotional, to be prayerful, to be conversational – and to be readers.  We publish weekly Covenanter devotionals and distribute Table Talk devotionals monthly.  Together we study great books written by dead theologians, we have meals and roundtable discussions, we hold prayer meetings, and we commit ourselves to the exchange of ideas as we grow in Christ together in church life.