Rochester Covenant Church
Values and Beliefs
At Rochester Covenant Church we believe God wants to bring complete life-change to a person, and that God has provided a way for this transformation to happen through his Son Jesus Christ.
Come as you are.
If you’re perfect already–or think you are–Rochester Covenant Church might not be the place for you. But if you’re seeking hope and healing, or have this sense you’re farther from God than you’d like to be, we could be a great spiritual home for you. We want to share God’s grace and acceptance, and be used by God to give back what he’s so freely given to us.
At Rochester Covenant we value life-transformation–beginning with ourselves. While we want you to “come as you are,” God loves you so much that he doesn’t want you to stay that way. As we respond to God’s amazing grace that’s been given us, we participate with God in the renewing of our minds and our personal transformation–like an acorn that gets transformed into a mighty oak or a caterpillar morphed into a beautiful butterfly. As this happens, we begin more and more to think as God thinks, love what God loves, do what God wants us to do.
Do it with others.
When we belong to Christ, we belong to and need other Christ-followers. This is where “being church” comes in. We need each other to stay encouraged, connected and instructed in the ways of Jesus. And to support each other as we strengthen our marriages and friendships, raise kids, love enemies, serve our neighbors, and share God’s Good News with a world badly in need of hope and healing.
And because Jesus hung out with outsiders, sinners, and those in need of hope and healing, God calls us to do the same. We want to help people with real needs while offering a relationship with Christ to those in our homes, schools and workplaces, neighborhoods, and even around the world.
Our faith affirmations include the central teachings of the historical Christian church including one God as three persons: Father; Jesus Christ his Son, fully God and fully human; the Holy Spirit. When new members join our church, we ask two questions about belief: “Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior and promise to follow him as Lord?” and “Do you accept the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, as the word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct?” We then ask if they intend to live as faithful followers of Christ and commit to our life together.
We are part of The Evangelical Covenant Church, a movement around the world that has roots in apostolic Christianity. We are a Reformation church, a part of the Church universal, and an evangelical church. In that heritage, we share certain central beliefs, which draw us together in faith and fellowship and make possible a freedom among us on more widely ranging issues.
The Evangelical Covenant Church seeks to form and nurture communities that are deeply committed to Jesus Christ and passionately engaged in Christ’s mission in the world. The purpose of Covenant affirmations is to make clear the values and principles that have guided the Evangelical Covenant Church since its founding in 1885.
For Covenant People, our essential beliefs are summed up in what we call Covenant affirmations:
We affirm the centrality of the word of God.
We affirm the necessity of new birth.
We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the Church.
We affirm the Church as a fellowship of believers.
We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.
For a more complete discussion of these affirmations, go to www.covchurch.org/affirmations