Our Vision

Coming into relationship with God through Jesus Christ brings men and women into the purpose for which we were created – to glorify God and to outwork His will here on the earth. We’re committed to fulfilling that high calling as we see it in the Bible, and as God has particularly directed us as a congregation through His prophetic word.
Our ‘Mission Statement’ is really just what we see as being the mandate for all Christians, but we express and explain it as follows:

Worshipping God
“… to [God] be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
(Ephesians 3:21)

Recognizing that we were created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27), and therefore to show forth His glory in the earth, we’re committed to living lives that demonstrate and declare the wonder of who He is (1 Peter 2:9). The Christian life is to be characterized by constant thanksgiving, praise and worship to God. It is our joy to worship God in light of who He is, what He’s done for us and the reality of our relationship with Him - “ … out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks" (Matthew 12:34).

We recognize that worship is much more than a response in song. True worship is the joyful and willing submission of the whole of our lives to God – “ … in view of God’s mercy, offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1-2). We’re determined to live this way for His glory. One of our primary goals is to encourage one another, and the body of Christ at large, to expect a growing revelation and experience of the beauty and sovereignty of the Lord, and to respond accordingly.

Nurturing Believers
“ … to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
(Ephesians 4:12-13)

Whatever our lives may have looked like before we became Christians, “ … if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). That reality is worked into us in a moment but is worked out of us over the course of our lives. God works in us to see the totality of our lives transformed into the very like-ness of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 1:6). We are not passive in this process but are all called to actively co-operate with Him in what He’s doing (Philippians 2:12-13).

The expectation in Covenant Life is that individually and corporately, we’ll be continually growing in our relationship with God and in the undeniable evidence of His work in our lives. We’re thankful to Him for providing the Holy Spirit, the Bible and the church to enable that growth. We encourage believers to be immersed in all three!
We take seriously the exhortation to “spur one another on towards love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24) – Covenant Life is not the place for you if you don’t want to be provoked to change, and to action! Challenge and encouragement come not just from leaders at the front on a Sunday morning, but on a one to one basis throughout the week, between brothers and sisters in Christ who really know and care for one another.
In all of this, we’re motivated by the exciting prospect of Christ’s return. He will come back for a Bride who has made herself ready (Revelation 19:7) – the mature church referred to in Ephesians 4:13. What a privilege it is to be involved in this together!

Evangelizing the World
“ … God … reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation … We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
(2 Corinthians 5:18-20)

‘Evangelizing’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘to bring/declare/preach good news’. We have good news! The gospel (literally, ‘the good news’) is that God, who created us to have a tangible relationship with Him as our loving Father, has made it possible for us to come into such a relationship with Him now. The reason why so many people (including those who engage in ‘religious’ activity) don’t experience this is because our sin - our turning away from God in thought, word and action (whether it be deliberate or seemingly ignorant) – has separated us from God. The consequence of this is a life without the tangible presence and power of God now, and the prospect of an eternity without Him.
However, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). What good news! Covenant Life is made up of people who’ve all received and responded in faith to this good news, and who now experience the presence and power of God as a result. We know that God wants His people to be those who display and declare His goodness, and who are eager for others to experience it also.
Jesus commanded His followers to “ … go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). We want to do that – to our families and next-door neighbors, across Northern Michigan, and indeed throughout the nation and the world.  This is not a responsibility to be delegated to a select few or to be limited to occasional projects or events – it’s to be a lifestyle for everyone who knows and loves God. Besides which, when you’ve experienced something this good, telling others about it is not a duty, it’s a joy!