Life Covenant Church is committed to the historic Christian faith as it is expressed in the Bible and understood by the church through the centuries. Our faith is best expressed by historic documents such as the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds [see below].
We want our faith journey to be characterized by dialogue, openness, respectful disagreement, unity on essentials of the faith, and space for multiple views on non-essential issues. We hope as we journey to find ways to articulate the classic Christian faith in fresh ways.
Our denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church, has historically emphasized six distinctives, summarized here:
The centrality of the Word of God – Believing God speaks to us through the Scriptures, we seek to put ourselves under the authority of his word, living as a biblical community.
The necessity of the new birth – Salvation comes by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. When one enters into relationship with Jesus they become new creations – no longer dead but alive in Christ.
A commitment to the whole mission of the church – Our call as followers of Jesus is to share and live out our faith in both words and actions, evangelism and compassion.
The church as a fellowship of believers – The church is not an institution but an organism. We exist as a family, intimately connected to one another because of our shared connection to Christ.
A conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit – The Christian life is a relationship. We look to the real presence of God with us to guide, empower, strengthen, comfort, challenge, fill, and change us.
The reality of freedom in Christ – In those areas in which the Scriptures have not spoken clearly, we make efforts to remain united while allowing one another to hold differing beliefs.
“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, charity.” - St. Augustine
THE APOSTLES' CREED
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
THE NICENE CREED
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty;
Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only begotten Son of God,
Begotten of the Father before all worlds;
God of God, Light of Light,
Very God of Very God,
Begotten, not made,
Being of one substance with the Father;
By whom all things were made;
Who, for us men and for our salvation,
Came down from heaven,
And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,
And was made man;
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered and was buried;
And the third day he rose again,
According to the Scriptures;
And ascended into heaven,
And sits on the right hand of the Father;
And he shall come again, with glory,
To judge both the quick and the dead;
Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life;
Who proceeds from the Father [and the Son];
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
Who spoke by the prophets.
And we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
And we look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.