It is our mission to glorify God in all we do, boldly teach the truth of His word, and develop committed disciples who generously share His love with others; leading the next generation to do the same.
Live The Gospel, Give the Gospel
Gospel Centered Worship
Ex. 20:2-6; Ps. 86:9-10; Heb. 12:28-29; Ps. 100:1-5
Worship is the act of giving glory and honor to God in every area of our lives. 1Cor. 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Worship is: prayer (Ps. 95:6-7), baptism (Mt. 28:19), studying God’s Word (Ps. 119:9-11,2Tim 3:14-17), giving our tithes and offering, (1Chron. 16:28-29) and so is playing, singing, dancing (Ps. 150:1-6), laughing… and enjoying life while giving God the credit!
Worship is the foundation of recognizing God as the Ultimate Authority, which puts everything else in perspective. Maintaining a worship-focus on The Lord and what He desires for us, helps keep us centered on Him and His agenda for our personal lives, the lives of our families and our church.
Gospel Centered Discipleship
Mt. 16:24-25; Mt. 28:18-20; Jn 15:16; Acts 2:42-47, Titus 2:1-5
When Jesus called his disciples - from the first conversation he told them they would be leaders of leaders. (Mt. 4:19) Then, throughout his earthly ministry Jesus reiterated, exemplified and equipped his disciples to do just that – make disciples.
However, a disciple of Jesus is not simply attending church, being a better person or praying over a meal. Jesus calls his disciples to “…deny himself and take up his cross and follow [Jesus]. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for [Jesus] will find it” (Mt. 16:24-25)
A discipled life is a surrendered life. A discipled life is a life that “runs hard” after Jesus; depending on him in every area, listening to what he says - through His word and the Spirit, and obeying Him because of His great love for His Children.
A discipled life does not come instantaneously, which is why it is so important for those who are spiritually mature to invest into the lives of newer believers.
Gospel Centered Family
Dt. 6:4-9; Ps. 71:18, 78:6; Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4, Eph. 5:22-33, Lk. 1:50
There is no better way for a child to grow mentally, physically and spiritually than through a Christ-Centered family. This is why God’s desire for Men is to love and lead their families as Jesus loved the Church, “. While it is God’s desire for families to operate with Dad as the spiritual head of the home, it is not always the case. As a church, we are committed to come along side every family to encourage and support and help them become the spiritual leaders of their home to guide the hearts and lives of their children – for generations to come!
Gospel Centered Generosity
Mt. 6:1-4; Mt. 6:19-21; Acts 20:35
As a Church we are committed to stewarding the resources that God has given us to the best of our ability, and we feel strongly about investing into eternity as Matthew 6:19-21 clearly emphasizes. That is why we are committed to generously giving our financial resources to reach our community and our world with the GOOD NEWS of hope and salvation through Jesus Christ.
The funds are dispersed through the Covenant Life Missions Team who assess the needs based on the following criteria, then bathe the opportunity in prayer to discern how best to respond.
1. Community Outreach:
· Build bridges of relationship, ultimately to share the love of Jesus, because of The Gospel. This facet of the support would be to invest into our community in a way that ministers to organizations and people right in our midst that may not be a part of any local church.
2. Local Missions:
· New England Church Planting efforts
· Local Ministry efforts to share the message of the Gospel and make disciples
· Benevolence for families in need (one-time gifts to help a family achieve sustainability)
· Provide supplemental financial support to members of Covenant Life Church, who are registered to serve on local short term missions projects.
3. Global Missions:
· Overseas Church Partnerships who invest in their local areas to make disciples. This could include supporting churches directly or supporting missions organizations who work through the local church.
· Provide supplemental financial support to members of Covenant Life Church, who are registered to serve on short term international missions projects.
Gospel Centered Missions
Ps. 18:49; Is. 12:4; Acts 1:8; Jn. 17:20-23
As a church we are committed to speaking the message of the gospel and living out that message by caring for those-in-need- locally and globally. This is what God expected of His people from the very beginning.
The earliest of the Old Testament Prophets proclaim the message of the coming messiah who would “take up our pain and bear our suffering”… and be “the intercessor for our transgressions.” (Is. 53:4&12) That message leads us to God’s later instruction to His People, “loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free”… and “share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter…” (Is. 58:6-7)
Jesus embodied that message and modeled that in word and deed for us to emulate. He was as focused on the message of the Gospel - even to the cross. When he prayed for his disciples just before he was crucified – he was also praying for The Church of today. As a church we must speak, live and extend The Gospel as Jesus did.
Gospel Centered Community
Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 10:24-25
The Church is called to be a collective body of people devoted to one another because of their love and commitment to Jesus Christ. The value of community is rooted in relationship in Christ woven into the fabric of The Church. Community is about encouraging, challenging, and refining each other to love God and love others (Mt. 22:37-40).
After Jesus ascended into heaven as recorded in Acts 1, His followers gathered together, shared together, ate together, prayed together and experienced the incredible work of God together. That kind of vulnerability, trust and mutual submission is what our world is in desperate need of - and it is a primary call of The Church to model and cultivate it!