Our Beliefs

Covenant of Grace Church adopts The Westminster Confession of Faith together with its Larger and Shorter Catechisms as a detailed statement of our beliefs. Those wishing a more complete declaration of our beliefs are referred to this source. Westminster Confession. Among other equally biblical truths, Covenant of Grace Church maintains and believes the following tenets of faith and doctrine:

  1. The plenary Divine inspiration of the Scriptures in the original languages, their consequent inerrancy and infallibility and, as the Word of God, the supreme and final authority in faith and life.
  2. There is but one only living and true God who is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.
  3. There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.
  4. Man was created in the image of God, but fell from the estate in which he was originally created by sinning against God.
  5. God did not leave man in an estate of sin and misery, but entered into a covenant of grace, to deliver him out of the estate of sin and misery and into the estate of salvation by a redeemer.
  6. The only redeemer of God’s people is the Lord Jesus Christ, who, being the eternal Son of God, became man, being conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary, and born of her, yet without sin; and so was and continues to be God and man in two distinct natures and one person forever (Rom. 9:5; John 1:1-3; Heb. 1:8; Luke 1:27-35; Col. 2:9; Heb. 7:24,25). Jesus lived a perfectly sinless life and died on the cross as an sacrifice for our sins. He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of God, the Father as our high priest making continual intercession for us (Hebrews 7:24,25; 10:12-14). He will return bodily on the last day.
  7. Since man is born with original sin (Romans 5:12-19), he has no power or will to respond to God apart from the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 3:10-29; 8:7; Eph. 2:1-10; Col. 2:13; 1 Cor. 2:14; 12:3; Titus 3:3-6; John 6:44, 63-65). Consequently, salvation is completely of God’s grace.
  8. Faith is the avenue by which man receives the grace of God for salvation. Faith is a gift that comes as a result of the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:8,9; Acts 13:48; 16:14; 18:27; Phil. 1:29; 2 Thess. 3:2).
  9. The present supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit forms and increases the Church by regeneration and sanctification, and dwells in it as the principle of the new life (Eph. 1:13,14,22,23; 2:22; 1 Cor. 3:16; 12:3-13). The Holy Spirit also testifies to Christ and leads the church into all truth. By doing this, he manifests the glory of God, increases the knowledge of the Savior, keeps the Church from error, and prepares her for her eternal destiny (John 14:26; 16:13,14; Acts 5:32; Heb. 10:15; 1 John 2:27).
  10. There will be a bodily resurrection of the dead in the last day. The believer will be resurrected to everlasting joy with the Lord; the unbeliever will be resurrected to judgment and everlasting punishment (2 Thess. 1:6-10).