God’s covenants had different forms and details at different times in salvation history, but they reflected a single sovereign and gracious purpose to redeem, sanctify, and preserve a people who belonged to God.
The divine covenant was always initiated by God; it was sustained by God’s faithfulness in spite of humankind’s history of unfaithfulness; it was an expression of God’s steadfast love (Hebrew, hesed); and it reached a culmination and fullness in the “new covenant” (Luke 22:20) established and perfected by Jesus Christ.
Those who confess their sins and turn from them in repentance, putting their faith in Christ, are spiritually united with Christ and participate in the new covenant where there is salvation and redemption.
Jesus Christ is Lord of every area of a believer’s life—our spiritual life and our physical life; our social life including marriage, politics, justice, and culture; our intellectual life; our work life and our recreational life; the use of our bodies, our possessions, our resources, and our money.
We are to be stewards of all of these things to manifest and extend the kingdom of God in the world, and to bring glory to the name of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Believers become members of the covenant community called the church, and enjoy the covenant promises of eternal life and blessing.
In our covenant life together, the church celebrates two sacraments, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The sacraments point to and remind us of the holy sacrifice of Christ for us. The Holy Spirit uses these sacraments—the common signs of water and of bread and wine, combined with the promises in the gospel of eternal life and forgiveness through Christ—to convey grace, salvation, and the real presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, which are received in faith by the believing community in their worship together.
Scripture: Genesis 6:18; 9:8-17; 17:1-8; Exodus 19:3-6; 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5-6; 31:31-34 Luke 22:20; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:15; 1 Peter 2:9-10
Confessions: Scots Confession 3.16; Second Helvetic Confession 5.125-5.126; Confession of 1967 9.31