Our name reflects the two great themes of Scripture: Christ – He is both the central figure of the New Testament and Old Testaments (see Luke 24:13-35) and Covenant – Throughout the Bible, God relates to His people by means of invoking covenants. In Genesis 3, we learn that our first parents failed to keep the covenant God made with them, thus plunging themselves and all humanity into sin. Fortunately, in that same chapter, God initiated a covenant of grace (Gen. 3:15) to rescue sinners from His wrath, by promising to send a descendant of the woman who would crush the serpent’s head. We understand this to be the Lord Jesus Christ, “who in the fullness of time…was born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons and daughters” (Galatians 4:4-5). This covenant was later ratified with Abraham (Genesis 12 & 15) and administered by types and shadows through national Israel (Exodus 19-24). The new covenant promised in Jeremiah 31 was inaugurated by Christ in the upper room (Luke 22:20) and ratified with His blood as he hung on the cross.
Our theology is also informed by the comparison the Apostle Paul makes in Romans 5 and I Corinthians 15 between Adam and Jesus Christ. In short, what the first Adam failed to do (keep God’s covenant), Jesus, the second Adam, did by keeping God’s law entirely and graciously dying to atone for sin.
Our worship services are a dialog between God and His people. God initiates the dialogue by calling us to worship Him. We respond with prayer and praise. Through reading the law, God calls us to confess our sins. We respond by confessing our sins, and God responds by assuring us that we are pardoned. We respond with praise. God speaks to us through the sermon, and we respond in song. God meets us in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, and we respond with praise. Finally, God dismisses us with His benediction. This approach to worship is corporate in nature, not individualistic. Furthermore, we acknowledge that our in our worship we are joining with the voices of our brothers and sisters worldwide, the saints who now worship God in heaven with unveiled eyes, and the angels themselves.
We encourage families to bring their children into the corporate worship service for the first 15-20 minutes. A nursery is available for children four (4) years old and younger in the latter portion of the service. We also have an overflow seating area at the back of the sanctuary for families with restless children.
We observe The Lord’s Supper on the first and third Sundays of each month. We use wine for Communion and white grape juice for those who cannot drink wine in faith (Romans 14:23).
Jesus told His disciples that true worshipers must worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24). This means the Scriptures ought to govern what happens in the worship service but also that the presence of the Holy Spirit is essential. The Scriptures also remind us that God is a consuming fire to be worshiped with reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28-29). What does it mean to worship God with reverence?
“Indeed, we do not believe that it is putting it too strongly to suggest that Christians come to worship with the same attitude and demeanor they take to a funeral service for a professing Christian. Such funerals are times of reverence and joy. When we contemplate the death of a loved one, we are filled with sadness and are reminded of our own frailty. Yet when the deceased is a believer, the service is also an occasion for joy because we trust that God has called one of his children to be with him, and that that the believer has been ‘made perfect in holiness’ and has ‘passed immediately into glory.’ Why should a worship service, where the death of our Lord is central, be any different?”
Darryl Hart and John Meuther, With Reverence and Awe, pp. 127-8.