What is a "Covenant" Church?
Our church is named “Common Ground: A Covenant Church”. But what does it mean for a church to be a “Covenant” Church? The word Covenant in the Bible means a promise made by God to His people. Covenant churches are part of a growing, multi-ethnic Protestant denomination called the Evangelical Covenant Church. It was founded by immigrants from Sweden in Chicago in the 1880s. Today Covenant churches gather to worship in the U.S., Canada and on five continents around the world including Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The Evangelical Covenant Church values the Bible as the revealed Word of God. “Where is it written?” is a question the Swedish Covenanters would often ask each other during their Bible studies. The Covenant denomination promotes the value of an active personal faith in Jesus Christ. It teaches reliance on the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to address mankind’s most basic affliction, our alienation from our Creator. And it encourages a commitment to the gift of Christian fellowship to help us live a God-pleasing life.
This Covenant church, Common Ground, has the privilege and the challenge of being located in Sacramento, one of the world’s most ethnic and culturally diverse cities. Our congregation works to cultivate Christian fellowship among its people with our many different backgrounds.
Common Ground is committed to finding ways to communicate God’s love and compassion to our neighbors in Sacramento, Elk Grove/Laguna and other areas in greater Sacramento. The name “Common Ground” is rooted in the common bedrock all Christians have in Jesus Christ who is the center and foundation our of faith. “Where is it written” you ask? The Apostle Paul put it this way in his first letter to the early Christians in the Greek town of Corinth: “Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some”
(1 Corinthians 9:22(b) New Living Translation).