Stockton Covenant Church, as a member congregation of the Evangelical Covenant Church, accepts that the Holy Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, as the authoritative Word of God and therefore the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine and life.
Below is a list of our Covenant Affirmations:
THE CENTRALITY OF THE SCRIPTURES, the Old & New Testament, as the authoritative Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct.
THE NECESSITY OF THE NEW BIRTH for entrance into God's kingdom, and the importance of continuing growth in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ for sound spiritual health.
THE COMMITMENT TO THE WHOLE MISSION OF THE CHURCH including evangelism (telling of the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ) and compassion, justice and mercy (living the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ). The Gospel is not just a message for the after-life, it is a message of hope and joy today.
THE CHURCH AS A FELLOWSHIP OF BELIEVERS, characterized by mutual participation in and sharing of the new life in Christ.
THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, who with the Father and the Son calls the Church into being, empowers its witness, guides its mission, and supplies the gifts needed by the Church and its members to exalt Christ.
THE REALITY OF FREEDOM IN CHRIST, who delivers us from the power of sin and moves us by his grace into a whole new experience of obedience and life.