1. What does Covenant believe?
We believe the Bible is the Word of God and is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice for the Christian. Following in the line of the Protestant Reformation, we are "Reformed" in doctrine. We have a high view of God: we believe God is a personal being and sovereign over all things. We have a realistic view of humanity and that all of us are sinners, standing in the need of God's forgiveness, strength to live and need of a new life. We have a trusting view of Jesus Christ that he is the only means to a relationship with God. Our written doctrinal standards are the Westminster Confession of Faith including the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. In practice, Covenant frequently makes use of other ancient and historic summaries of faith including the "Apostle's Creed."
2. When do you meet?
Sunday School is at 9:15am - 10:00am
Coffee Time 10:00am - 10:15am
Morning Worship 10:15am
3. What is "PCA?"
Covenant Presbyterian Church is voluntarily affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in American (PCA) . This relationship guides our local church structure, allows for mutual encouragement and accountability among churches, and connects us with ministries throughout North America and around the globe. Within the PCA there are over 1200 local churches representing more than 200,000 members. There are also more than 170 mission churches.
Being part of the PCA enables Covenant to support church planting in North America and overseas. Mission to North America (MNA), the PCA's denominational church planting arm, works to plant new churches in strategic locations throughout North America. Mission to the World (MTW), the PCA's denominational mission agency, proclaims the Christian message around the globe.
4. What does the PCA believe?
A Synopsis of the Beliefs of the Presbyterian Church in America:
5. What is "presbyterian?"
It is a way of ordering and governing a church. Being presbyterian means that local churches are governed by "presbyters" or elders, who are elected by the congregation. There are two kinds of elders: "teaching elders" or ordained pastors, and "ruling elders" or ordained laymen. Together, the elders make up the "Session". The Session oversees the faith and life of the local church. The elders structure the congregation's ministries in order to accomplish the church's mission.
In the PCA, churches are grouped together in regions called "presbyteries". The presbytery serves the churches by coordinating and encouraging ministries while holding churches and elders accountable to the standards of the denomination. We are part of the South Jersey Presbytery which includes other PCA churhes in South Jersey. Ruling and teaching elders from each church gather four times a year to examine candidates for ministry, to develop plans for church planting and to encourage each other.
Every year, local church representatives throughout North America meet at "General Assembly". The Assembly enables all churches to have a voice in guiding the spiritual and practical affairs of the denomination.
The following verses are life formulas that guide our daily lives as we live in the presence of our God Most High.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
For by grace we are saved through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.
Our desire to know Christ better!
A Contemporary Christian Song says it well: