The Bridge, in Riverbank, CA is a member Church of The Evangelical Covenant Church, and therefore seeks to be community that is deeply committed to Jesus Christ and passionately engaged in Christ’s mission in the world. The Covenant Church affirms particular views about the place of Scripture, our rootedness in the teachings of the Apostles, and primacy of faith and new birth as a disciple of Jesus Christ. The purpose of Covenant Affirmations is to make clear the values and principles that have guided the Evangelical Covenant Church since its founding in 1885, and that guide the Bridge today.
Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the Evangelical Covenant Church values the Bible as the word of God, the gift of God’s grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through a faith with Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God’s love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity. The Evangelical Covenant Church is Evangelical, but not exclusive, Biblical, but not doctrinaire, and Traditional, but not rigid.
Essential Covenant beliefs are summed up in what we call Covenant Affirmations:
* Centrality of the word of God
* Necessity of the new birth
* Commitment to the whole mission of the Church
* Church as a fellowship of believers
* Conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit
* Reality of freedom in Christ
If you are interested in learning about the Covenant Affirmations, please click on the link below for a printable resource on the Evangelical Covenant Church’s website. It is available in both English and Spanish, in full-form, or in-brief.