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Ministry Statement
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Columbia, South Carolina

Our Ministry Verses

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”
(Romans 11:36)

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
(I Corinthians 10:31)

Our Key Statement of Faith

“The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”
(Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question One)

Our Ministry Motto

“Equipping God’s people to find their chief pleasure in glorifying Him in all of life.”

Vision Statement

Covenant Presbyterian Church, as a particular congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America in the greater Columbia area, seeks to equip God’s people for their calling to glorify and enjoy God in all of life through:

  1. Covenant Renewal Worship
  2. Covenant Community Discipleship
  3. Covenant Kingdom Outreach
  4. Covenant Family Fellowship
  5. Covenant Service Ministries

The central theme of the Scriptures is God’s actions in taking and establishing a people for His very own. “I will be a God unto you and to your descendants after you” (Gen 17:7; 1:26-27; Ex 3:6-10; Ezek 11:14-20; Mt 8:10-13; Rom 4:16-18; Rev 21:3-7). Therefore, the Church of Jesus Christ exists by the work of the Holy Spirit calling human beings into, and developing them in, a relationship with the Triune God. The basis of this relationship is called God’s Promise or “Covenant” (Gen 17; Ex 24:1-8; Lk 22:20). As God’s Covenant people we have the family privilege of communion (fellowship) with God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, and with each other as members of Christ’s body (Jn 1:12-13; I Jn 1:1-7; I Cor 12:12-13, 27).

The interests and motivations of God, therefore, become the interests and motivations of His family. As the Father seeks to glorify and take pleasure in the Son, the Son to glorify and take pleasure in the Father, and the Holy Spirit to glorify and take pleasure in the Father and the Son; we too find our chief purpose in life is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever” (John 13:31, 32; 17:1-26; WSC #1). As a result, we summarize the purpose of the Church as “equipping God’s people to find their chief pleasure in glorifying Him in all of life.”

Covenantal Worship

Covenant Presbyterian Church, having come into existence under God and submitted to His inerrant Word, recognizes the Biblical fact that man was created to glorify God, and that God seeks true worshipers. Consequently, the purpose of this Church is to provide God-centered opportunities for believers to grow in their worship of God. To that end, the morning worship service shall maintain a covenant renewal structure of objective worship, framed as a dialogue between God and His people, incorporating vigorous preaching of the whole counsel of God, regular ministry of the appointed Sacraments, and structured according to Biblical principles throughout. Such worship will provide the motivation, patterns, and focus for everything we do. Further, we will encourage other exercises of worship on the Lord’s Day, incorporation of Biblical worship in every home and in everyday personal life, in order that every member may come to glorify and enjoy God with a mature faith in all of life.1

Covenantal Discipleship

To equip God’s people to become better worshipers, the Church will strive to broaden and deepen each worshiper’s knowledge of God though Christian Education and their practice of the faith through training in faith-building skills. Such Christian Education will take into consideration the breadth of God’s revelation (through Bible Survey and study of the expansion of God’s Covenant principles and patterns in biblical and church history). Furthermore, each worshiper will study the depth of Scripture through Bible Studies of selected books, topical studies in practical areas, Bible doctrine as reflected in the received Creeds and Confessions of our tradition, and the Church’s application of Scripture through history. We will also provide opportunities for worshipers to learn, develop and exercise the skills necessary for growth in godliness and Christian experience.2

Covenantal Outreach

To increase the number of worshipers and bring greater glory to God, we seek to fulfill Christ’s mission to “seek and to save what was lost” (Lk 19:10) through active outreach ministries. In the Fall, by sinning against God, mankind broke the covenant relationship with God and came under His wrath and curse. God moved in history to restore His covenant relationship to human beings and to remove His wrath and curse from mankind through Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus gave the outreach mission to His Church to make the message of this restoration known in the world.

God’s revealed plan for outreach consists of two components. The first component of outreach is an evangelistic mandate found in the Great Commission (Mt 28:19-20). In the Great Commission, God lays out His desire for His people to make disciples of all nations in the authority of Jesus Christ and the power of the Spirit working in the Gospel. Making disciples, in turn, has three components: winning people to Christ and enfolding them into the church; instructing them in the teachings of Christ; and equipping them to win, disciple and send others.

The second component of outreach is the cultural mandate presented in Genesis 1:27-28. As beings created in God’s image we are to rule over and subdue the earth. In doing so, God’s people will seek involvement in the work of extending His kingdom influence over all individuals in all areas of society in every nation and culture. He desires to redeem the world, not just individual persons.3

Covenantal Fellowship

To experience the fullness of worship, God intends for the Church to enfold believers into a caring, serving and loving covenantal community of fellow Christians. God calls us to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, but also to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mt 22:37-40). We cannot live the Christian Life in isolation. God gives to every believer gifts for the common good and we need to use them in the context of a caring society (I Cor 12:4-18). The church will therefore encourage fellowship events, prayer support, and small groups; in order that believers may join in with others, get to know others and experience the love of Christ through the nurture and care of fellow believers. The Body of Christ will seek through active shepherding to ensure nurturing, accountability and enablement of believers to engage in meaningful ministry as part of the Body of Christ. Recognizing the covenantal-orientation of the Scriptures, Covenant Presbyterian Church will place a great stress on the importance of the family and will be on guard to prevent “church busyness from preempting family life.” Nor shall mere activity be the image of the church. We will also seek to put those alone in life (orphans & widowed) into the context of family connections.

Covenantal Service

To have a significant role in our community and to show forth that we are Christ’s disciples by our love for one another, we will engage our world through acts of service and mercy. We will encourage and use our personal abilities, as well as financial and material resources, to alleviate suffering, promote justice and improve the quality of life of both believers and unbelievers in our community. We will seek to encourage and assist all righteous endeavors in our community and discourage all unrighteous ones. We will also conduct our administrative and commercial affairs in a manner that becomes the Gospel.


Notes

1God created the world for His own pleasure to glorify Him (Gen 1:31-2:3; Rev 4:11). As the people of God we chiefly glorify God through life transforming worship. (Ps. 29:1-2; 96:7-9) In the broadest sense, all of life is worship and glorifies God when lived according to the will of God (Rom. 12:1-2; I Cor 10:31). However, when we gather as the Body of Christ, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, and organized as He has appointed in His Word; He has promised to be spiritually present among us. He builds us up by the working of His Spirit through the ministry of Word, Sacraments and Community of Faith (I Cor 12:27; Matt 18:18-20; Eph 4:11-13; I Cor 11:23-29; Mt 16:15-19; 18:15-20; I Tim 3:1-13; Tit 1:5-9). Our God seeks worship and has promised to inhabit the praises of His people (Jn 4:23-24; Ps 22:3).

In biblically ordered worship, God matures us in the pattern of our faith and for living life. This was true of mankind from Creation. However, mankind fell from the estate wherein we were created by sinning against God and thereby lost communion with God (Gen 3:1-7; Rom 3:9-23). As such, we need not only to mature in our faith, but need restoration through the renewing/regenerating work of the Holy Spirit ( Eph 4:11-16; Jn 3:3-8; Tit 3:3-7). That restoration comes by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8-9). In Christ, God renews His covenant relationship with us (Lk 22:20; I Cor 11:25). Thus, as Christians we come together in worship for the purpose of being renewed in our covenant relationship with God. In that covenant renewal context we mature in our calling to glorify and enjoy our Creator and Redeemer; as well as our pattern for everyday life.

2Making disciples of all nations is a part of Jesus’ Great Commission. Believers are to grow in their knowledge of the Scriptures (Psalm 1; II Tim 2:15; 3:14-17). However, discipleship includes more than simply right teaching or doctrine, but also sacramental union with the Church through baptism and the Lord’s Supper and submission to the authority of Christ in the Church (Mt 28:20, I Cor 11:26-32). Mere knowledge of truth is not an end in itself, but is always meant to be the basis for godly living. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph 2:10). “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves” (James 1:22).

3“God’s method for fulfilling both the evangelistic and cultural mandates is His church. Therefore, a chief responsibility for God’s people everywhere is to engage in the work of planting indigenous, culturally relevant, healthy and growing churches at every opportunity. . . .” (Hudson Valley Presbyterian Church [PCA] Prospectus. Developed by Kenneth W. Bush, Church Planter/Pastor, 2001.)


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