When new members join a Covenant Church, they are asked two questions about belief: "Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior and promise to follow him as Lord?" and "Do you accept the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, as the word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct?" They are then asked if they intend to live as faithful followers of Christ and members of the church and denomination.
That's all. That is enough.
But on another level, of course, the answer is a good deal more complex. While the Covenant Church does not require adherence to any written creed, we take our theology very seriously, and our history as well. We are a Reformation church, a part of the Church universal, and an evangelical church. In that heritage, we share certain central beliefs, which draw us together in faith and fellowship and make possible a freedom among us on more widely ranging issues.
We describe those central beliefs as "affirmations." We hope that as you read these affirmations you will find yourself identifying with them in your own faith experience. If they raise questions for you or you would like to read further, we would encourage you to ask your pastor (if you are already in contact with a Covenant church) or any Covenant pastor for more suggestions.
Or visit The Evangelical Covenant Online HERE.
Access is an Evangelical Covenant Church. This means we emphasize the tangible practices of following Jesus, rather than arguments about doctrine or particular ways of "doing" church.
Covenanters sum up their essential beliefs in six statements we call Covenant Affirmations:
We affirm the centrality of the word of God
We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.
This Sunday, you are invited to come out and be a part of what God is doing here at Access in Portland. Each weekend people from all walks of life coming together to celebrate the goodness of our God. What are you waiting for? This is Access "where anyone can know God. "
TIME & LOCATION
SUNDAYS @ 10:00AM
Mt. Scott Community Center
5530 SE 72nd Ave
Portland, OR 97206