Who We Are
A Short Introduction
Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church is a gathering of Christian believers. Our members come from all walks of life. As a church in Singapore, we reflect the multi-racial character of our society. We have people of all races worshipping with us. That which binds us together is our common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The name of our church indicates what we believe.
We are a Gospel church. We confess that Jesus Christ is the only way of Salvation. Whoever confesses his sins to God and turns to Jesus Christ by a true faith will be saved. We publish this saving gospel to the lost world in preaching and in active evangelism.
We stand in the heritage of the Reformation of the 16th century. We confess the truth of sovereign and particular grace, meaning that it is God's grace alone that powerfully converts a sinner, enabling him to repent and believe. What we believe is summarised in three historical Reformed creeds.
These creeds have been the confession of Reformed churches all over the world since the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century.
What We Believe In
God is Sovereign
Reformed Church, like any faithful Christian church, adheres to all the fundamental tenets of the Christian faith. We believe in the Trinity – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus is very God and Very Man. We believe the Bible to be our sole authority, and that it is inspired by God and is therefore without errors. On top of this, a Reformed Church emphasizes the teaching of God's sovereignty. We teach that God is sovereign in all that He plans and does.
God is Sovereign in Creation and Providence
He spoke, and all things came into existence. By His power and wisdom, He continues to uphold and govern the world, and directs it according to His good purpose. He also rules over all creatures, including man, angels and the Devil so that all their activities serve the kingdom of Jesus Christ.
God is Sovereign in Salvation
The Bible teaches that man is dead spiritually. Because of this spiritual deadness, we have no power at all to exercise any faith in God. On the contrary, we constantly resist and oppose the things of God; we have no hope of eternal life. But instead of leaving the whole world to perish in sin, God has chosen a people from eternity to be saved through the death of Jesus Christ. He regenerates their hearts through the Holy Spirit and gives them faith to believe in His Son. God continues this saving work until they finally arrive in His presence in heaven. We confess therefore that our salvation from beginning to end is the work of God's sovereign grace. To God be the glory alone!
We gather for worship
We emphasize the need for private study and prayer. But we also take heed to the Biblical command that we should gather for public worship. Psalm 95:6 says "O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before God our Maker.” We believe that the bible teaches that the first day of the week (Sunday) is set aside for worship. On this day we gather together with the people of God for public worship.
We are God-Centered in our worship
As a Reformed church, we conduct our Church service with reverence, conscious that we are in the presence of the Almighty God. Central to our worship is the preaching of the Word of God. Through the preaching, God speaks to us, calling us to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Our singing also reflects our deep reverence for God. We are selective in our singing. We sing only songs that contain sound teachings and that are God-centered in its contents. And for this reason, we also sing the Old Testament Psalms in our worship. Reformed worship is beautiful. It does not need the excitement of sensual things. Rather, it possesses the beauty mentioned in Psalms 29:2, "Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." The beauty of Reformed worship is found in the faithful preaching of the Word of God, in the simple administration of the sacraments, and in the God-centered praises offered in sincerity and truth.
Our Mission and Vision
Church Theme verse
"Established in the faith and abounding therein with thanksgiving" Colossians 2:7b
As salt and light in this world, we proclaim a sovereign, powerful, saving gospel to a fallen, sin-cursed and dying world, setting forth Jesus Christ crucified as the only hope for mankind, and the Bible alone as the basis, rule and foundation for all of life and faith.
1. We aspire to be a vibrant and faithful Reformed Church, establishing ourselves as a pillar and ground of biblical truth as they are expressed in the 3 Forms of Unity (Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism and Canons of Dort).
2. We seek to be salt and light in this world, setting forth the antithetical, Christian life as the only life worth living.
3. We will build up the Church with the pure and lively preaching of the Word of God, submitting to the rule of our King Jesus Christ through His properly ordained office-bearers and cheerfully employing our gifts for the salvation of His people.