Joshua Men Of Covenant

Shaping Godly Leaders for Good Governace

Preamble

The Covenant Church

(Covenantal+Evangelical+Catholic+Apostolic)

COVENANT DOCUMENT

 

Let it be known, as declared in these principles common to our faith and core beliefs as stated in this:

 

1. The Covenant Church is a communion of communities, congregations and households gathered by God, united in and through Christ Jesus, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to obey the great commandment and the great commission. It affirms companionship with other ďchurchĒ and household bodies and all who love God and keep Godís commandments, through the Holy Communion or Eucharist. Our common experience of Godís grace and love in Jesus Christ sustains the Church as an interdependent body of believers that recognizes but transcends our theological differences.

 

2. The Covenant Church adheres to the covenant affirmations of the Reformation regarding the All Sovereign God and the Sacred Bible, confessing that the Holy Scripture, the Old and the New Testament, is the Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct for individuals, governments, and society. It affirms the confessions of the early Church, particularly the Apostlesí Creed and the Nicene Creed, while emphasizing the supremacy of the Word of God over all creedal interpretations.

 

3. The Covenant Church has its roots in historical Christianity, the biblical instruction of the early fathers of the faith, and the great awakenings after the dark ages in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the reformation of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Europe and America, and the Charismatic revivals of the twentieth century. These influences, together with more recent renewal movements worldwide, continue to shape its development and distinctive spirit.

 

4. The Covenant Church especially cherishes the dual emphasis on new birth and new life in Christ, believing that personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is the foundation for our mission of evangelism and discipleship; and celebrates two divinely ordained sacraments, baptisms and the Lordís Supper. Recognizing the reality of freedom in Christ, and in conscious dependence on the work of the Holy Spirit, we accept both the baptisms (dedication/sanctification) of infants and believers, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

 

5. The Covenant Church embraces this freedom in Christ as a gift that preserves personal conviction, yet guards against an individualism that disregards the centrality of the Word and the mutual responsibilities and disciplines of the communion.

 

6. The Covenant Church is committed to reaching across boundaries of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, and status in the cultivation of communities, by sharing with all every resources with the end in view of proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ among all the nations, and His Word as the standard for righteousness and justice for all peoples.

 

7. The Covenant Church, in order to accomplish its mission and purposes, recognizes that the highest constituted authority of the Covenant Church is THE CONVOCATION of Ministers in Global Assembly.

Goal

COVENANT RELATIONSHIPS
(Loving One Another)

The Goal of Discipleship

John 13:34

Prepared by :  Pastor BUTCH BELGICA, M. Div., D. Min.

 

 

A New Commandment

To those whom Jesus called, this new commandment is given!  A new command for the new covenant!

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.   By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

 

Edifying the Body,
Not Building the Ministry

Ephes. 4:16   From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.  

 

The Real Body "Membership"

    Building a Trusting Community of Faith with:

    Time (to help, to learn and to teach)

    Talent (skills, and God-given gifts)

    Treasure (money and possessions)

    While (Ephes. 4:3) Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

     

The Need:   Covenant Relationship Begins With Discipleship

Covenant is based on Love and, begins with Trust.  The kind of Trust that leads us to:  Love God (with all our hearts) and to love our neighbors (as ourselves), and Submit to delegated authorities and to one another.

A disciple Trust: first God, the Holy Spirit and His Word, and then the Church, Her ministers and members. Love in Jesus, the Word of God

Love: 1 Cor. 13:6-7 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth ("thy Word is Truth"); [7] Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things (in and through Christ all things are possible).

Discipleship begins with Submission and Obedience to God (His law-word, or commandments) which must lead to the commitment to Love God with all your heart, mind and strength; and to Love one another.

 

 

 

An Interconnected Body of Believers

What is Alive must be organically connected!  John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.   Every branch is connected to the Vine!  What is Alive must Grow!

 

The Meaning of Life: Relationships

John 17:22-24 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: A network of committed (covenantal) relationships among Christians which stems from the relationship between God, the Father, with the Son, Jesus Christ!

 

Relationship-Fellowship: As a Witness to the World

[23] I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

Fellowship in Prayer, in the Word, and Evangelism is the Goal of Discipleship.   This result in Unity, Harmony, and Love-relationship with one another.

 

The First Relationship

[24] Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.The meaning of the existence of the Universe stems from that preexistent love-relationship of God and Jesus bonded by the Holy Spirit.

 

Covenant Relationships: Outworking of Godís Love

1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

[8] He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

God is the Lover of Jesus, the Beloved, and the Holy Spirit the Bond of Love, through which we are made one!

 

Covenant and Loving one Another

Agape: the trancendental Love. God the source of the highest kind of Love!

The Philadelphian Love: Submission to Authority and to one another. Hierarchy.

Unconditional Love of Christ.

Love Chastens, Disciplines. Sanctional

Consistent and persistent Love that Endures. Continuity