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.
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.
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.
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.
Our ministries flow from the Word of God and from the grace given to His people, taking the form of one of the following six types: Worship, Discipleship, Evangelism, Mercy, Hospitality, and Stewardship.
Class Sampling Below Selected from Spring 2017
We know the importance of good Christian friendships for our youth, so we value regular youth gatherings throughout the year by which our youth can connect, make Christian friends, and simply enjoy life together. We also gather our youth together in Sunday School where our pastor takes the lead role in teaching the youth Sunday school class on a myriad of topics including the Bible and its message, the Christian World and Life View, how to cultivate their walk with God through Bible Study and prayer, how to share their faith, how to survive the spiritual challenges of college, and how to think through their own sense of calling/vocation to serve God as they grow into adults.
These times of togetherness are valuable for our youth, BUT one of the lynch pins of our philosophy for youth discipleship is the importance of transgenerational interaction, teamwork, and mentoring. In our increasingly compartmentalized world, it is too easy to separate our youth into age segregated ministry groups. We believe this does not serve our young people well, robbing them of the wisdom of the fathers, mothers, and grandparents of the congregation. Outside of Sunday School and youth gatherings, we seek to see our youth mingle with the congregation elbow to elbow in worship, prayer, and ministry as they pursue God's glory and GROW TOGETHER.
Evangelism is the ministry of the great commission - making disciples of all nations. At Christ Covenant we gather for worship and we scatter for evangelism. Each week we gather for worship and then scatter to our various communities and vocations where God gives us opportunities to share Christ during the intermittent week, so much of our evangelism takes place quietly and informally. While God calls all of us to the ministry of evangelism, some among us are called to full-time evangelism either in our country or abroad. Thus, we recognize and support three different areas of evangelism: (1) PERSONAL - our members sharing the gospel weekly as they "gather and scatter", (2) DOMESTIC CHURCH PLANTS - called pastors among us are sent out to plant new churches across the United States, and (3) FOREIGN MISSIONS - those called among us go to other continents to reach unreached people groups for Christ and to minister to them in His name.
This is the story of the personal evangelism of just one of our member families and their love for an orphan boy they adopted into their home and now call "son."
We delight in sending men and their families out to plant and pastor fledgling churches in America. These church plants are carefully selected, and we love and support them wholeheartedly with our finances, resources, and prayers.
As part of the great commission, we want to see the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed to every tribe, and tongue, and nation. Please join us in praying for our own members who are abroad investing in peoples who are largely unreached. Your prayer is the most important tool in their ministries!
1. Growth of Local Small Church
2. Deepening Faith of Converts
3. Small Group Leaders
2. Student Ministry
3. Powerful Word in Local Church