A Family-Integrated Reformed Christian Church seeking to connect the unconnected to Christ and together grow to full devotion to Him!
OUR BELIEFS

            “In essentials – unity. In non-essentials – liberty. In all things – charity.”
                                                    (Rupertus Meldenius)

The essential doctrines of the faith are found in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. The Nicene Creed is
the same as the Apostles’ Creed except that it is more specific on the doctrine of the Trinity. All who believe in
these creeds are Christians (at least outwardly). Those who deny these two creeds are not Christians. In the non-
essential doctrines there must be liberty to debate without calling each other non-Christians. This does not mean
that the non-essential doctrines are not important. They can be very important, but that is no excuse for divisions. In
all things there must be charity.

While we do have some minor differences with some of the documents listed below, we do agree with the majority
of the material.

CREEDS:
The Apostles’ Creed—A creed dating back to the first century church
The Nicene Creed—Adopted by the churches at the First Ecumenical Council in 325 A.D.
The Athanasian Creed—Written c.373 A.D., it expands on the Nicene Creed.

CONFESSIONS & CATECHISMS:
The Canons of Dordt—Written in 1618 A.D., “The Synod of Dordt was held in order to settle a serious controversy
in the Dutch churches initiated by the rise of Arminianism.” “The Decision of the Synod of Dordt on the Five Main
Points of Doctrine in Dispute in the Netherlands is popularly known as the Canons of Dordt.”

The Belgic Confession—Revised in 1618 A.D. and written in 1567 making it the oldest confession of the reformed
faith.

The Westminster Confession—1647 version

The Heidelberg Catechism—The first edition appeared in 1563.

The Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms—Catechisms based on the Westminster Confession.


A simple explanation of what we believe is…

GOD IS
Only one true living God exists. He is the Creator of the universe, eternally existing in three Persons—the Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit—each equally deserving of humanity’s worship and obedience. He is infinite and perfect in all
His attributes. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Romans 1:18-20)

THE BIBLE IS GOD’S WORD
The Bible is God’s written revelation to people, divinely given through human authors who were inspired by the
Holy Spirit. It is entirely true. The Bible is totally sufficient and completely authoritative for matters of life and faith.
The goal of God’s Word is the restoration of humanity into His image. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

PEOPLE ARE GOD’S TREASURE
God created people in His image for His glory. They are the crowning work of His creation. Yet every person has
willfully disobeyed God—an act known as sin—thus inheriting both physical and spiritual death and the need of
salvation. All human beings are born with a sin-nature and into an environment inclined toward sin. Only by the
grace of God through Jesus Christ can they experience salvation. (Genesis 1:26-28)

JESUS IS GOD AND SAVIOR
Jesus is both fully God and fully human. He is Christ, the Son of God. Born of a virgin, He lived a sinless life and
performed many miracles. He died on the cross to provide people forgiveness of sin and eternal salvation. Jesus
rose from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return in power and glory. (Hebrews 1:3)

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD AND EMPOWERER
The Holy Spirit is supernatural and sovereign, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ. He lives within all
Christians beginning at the moment of salvation and then empowers them for bold witness and effective service
as they yield to Him. The Holy Spirit convicts individuals of sin, uses God’s word to mature believers into Christ-
likeness, and secures them until Christ returns. (Acts 1:8)

SALVATION IS BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH ALONE
All human beings are born with a sin nature, separated from God, and in need of a Savior. That salvation comes
only through a faith relationship with Jesus Christ, the Savior, as a person repents of sin and receives Christ’s
forgiveness and eternal life. Salvation is instantaneous and accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit through
the Word of God. This salvation is wholly of God by grace and not on the basis of human works. All of the
redeemed are secure in Christ forever. (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 6:44, 65; John 17:12)

THE CHURCH IS GOD’S PLAN
The Holy Spirit immediately places all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ into one united spiritual body, the
Church, of which Christ is the head. The primary expression of the Church on earth is a local congregation of
baptized believers. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by taking the gospel to the entire world and by
building its members up in Christ-likeness through the instruction of God’s Word, fellowship, service, worship,
and prayer. (Acts 2:42-44; Matthew 16:18)

THE FUTURE IS IN GOD’S HANDS
God is actively involved in our lives and our future. Through His prophets, God announced His plans for the future
redemption of His people through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son. With the call of the disciples, God
prepared the way for the future of His Church. In Scripture, God promised that Jesus Christ will return personally
and visibly in glory to the earth to resurrect and judge the saved and the unsaved. As the all-knowing and all-
powerful Creator and Judge, God can be trusted today, and with our future. (Hebrews 9:27-28)

Christian Reconstructionism:
We hold such a view because we are Christian Reconstructionists which means we are Calvinist in theology,
Theonomic in ethics, Optimistic in eschatology (Postmillennial), and Presuppositional in apologetics.

We are Calvinists.
A Calvinist holds to the historic orthodox catholic (universal) Christian doctrine (Ephesians 4:4-6; Romans 3:10-12,
5:6-8; Acts 4:12; Romans 8:28-30):
•        Believing God, not man is the center of the universe and beyond…
•        Believing God, not man controls whatever comes to pass…
•        Believing God, not man must be pleased and obeyed…
•        Believing that God alone saves sinners, and does not help sinners save themselves…

We believe that faith applies to all aspects of life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

We are Theonomists.
Theonomy is a Christian worldview in Christian theology in which God is the sole source of human ethics; Theos
means God and
Nomos means law.

We believe:
•        That God’s Law has not been abolished, but fulfilled in Christ (1 Peter 1:25).
•        God’s law no longer accuses the Christian.
•        God’s law describes God’s righteous character and His law cannot change any more than God can change
  (Malachi 3:6).

Three Main Purposes of God’s Law:
1.        To drive the sinner to the truth in Christ alone (Romans 3:19-24).
2.        To provide a standard of obedience for the Christian by which he may judge his sanctification (Deuteronomy
     6:25; John 17:17).
3.        To maintain order in society, restraining and arresting civil evil (1 Timothy 1:8-11).

We are Presuppositionalists in regards to apologetics.
•        We do not try to prove that God exists or that the Bible is true because by faith (Hebrews 11:1) they hold these
   presuppositions to be true.
•        We believe the unconverted ultimately need repentance, not evidence. We believe there is evidence for the
   faith and nothing but evidence. The problem for the unconverted is not evidence, but a lack of submission to
   God (unrepentance).
•        We believe that God is real and the Bible is true because the Bible tells us so.

“The Bible is a reliable collection of historical documents written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other
eyewitnesses; they report supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies; they claim
the writings are Divine rather than human in origin.”
—Voddie Baucham, Jr.

We are Postmillennial in regards to eschatology.
•        We do not believe the church will be rescued out of tribulation, but will triumph in the midst of it
•        We believe Christ will return only after the Holy Spirit has empowered the Church to advance Christ’s
   kingdom in time and history;
•        We have faith that God’s purposes to bring all nations—though not every individual—into subjection to Christ
   cannot fail; we are not Utopian and do not believe the kingdom will advance quickly or painlessly; we believe
   though there will be much struggle and though Christianity is in its infancy, we believe the Church will
   triumph under the power of the Holy Spirit of God.

We are Dominionists.
•        We take seriously the Bible’s commands (both the goal of the Gospel and the Great Commission) to the
  Godly to take dominion in the earth.
•        We believe the earth and all that is in it is the Lord’s—that every area dominated by sin must be
  “reconstructed” or reformed in terms of the Bible...first for the individual, second for the family, third for the
  Church, and fourth, the wider society including the state.
•        We believe in Christian civilization...firmly believing in the separation of church and state, but not the
   separation of the state, or anything else, from God
•        We are not revolutionary, but reformational; we do not believe in militant, forced overthrow of human
   government.

“The Christian Reconstructionist has the invincible Spirit of God, the infallible Word of God, and the
incomparable Gospel of God, none which can fail...He presses the Crown of Rights of King Jesus into every
sphere, expecting eventual triumph.”
—Rev. Andrew Sandlin

CHRIST COVENANT CHURCH
"A Place to Call Home"
19369 South Hwy. 35
S
weeny, Texas 77480
Phone: 2
81-796-7829
contact@cccalvin.com
From Alvin:
Travel down 35 toward Angleton
Turn left on FM 2917 RD
(Stop light & Chevron Station)
CCC is located about 1 mile
down on the left

From Liverpool:
Travel down 35 toward Alvin
Turn right on FM 2917 RD
(Stop light & Chevron Station)
CCC is located about 1 mile
down on the left