First Covenant has been in Lincoln since 1892. We exist as a local outpost of the Evangelical Covenant Church, a mission-minded denomination which holds to six central affirmations.
The centrality of the word of God*
We believe the Bible is the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct. The dynamic, transforming power of the word of God directs the church and the life of each Christian. This reliance on the Bible leads us to affirm both men and women as ordained ministers and at every level of leadership. It is the reason we pursue ethnic diversity in our church and is the inspiration for every act of compassion, mercy, and justice.
The necessity of the new birth
New birth in Christ means committing ourselves to him and receiving forgiveness, acceptance, and eternal life. It means being alive in Christ, and this life has the qualities of love and righteousness, joy and peace.
The church as a fellowship of believers
We follow Christ’s two central calls. The Great Commission sends us out into all the world to make disciples. The Great Commandment calls us to love the Lord our God and our neighbors as ourselves.
A commitment to the whole mission of the Church
Membership in the Covenant Church is by confession of personal faith in Jesus Christ and is open to all believers. We observe baptism and Holy Communion as sacraments commanded by Jesus. We practice both infant and believer baptism. We believe in the priesthood of all believers—that is, we all share in the ministry of the church.
A conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit
The Covenant Church affirms the Trinitarian understanding of one God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe it is the Holy Spirit who instills in our hearts a desire to turn to Christ, and who assures us that Christ dwells within us.
The reality of freedom in Christ
The Apostle Paul wrote, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians
5:1, TNIV). United in Christ, we offer freedom to one another to differ on issues of
belief or practice where the biblical and historical record seems to allow for a variety of interpretations of the will and purposes of God. We in the Covenant Church seek to focus on what unites us as followers of Christ, rather than on what divides us.
*Source: Covenant Affirmations, brief form.