With it’s roots in the Protestant Reformation, the Evangelical Covenant Church is a denomination that holds to the affirmations of historical Christianity regarding the Bible as the Word of God and the only rule for faith, doctrine and conduct.
What makes the Covenant unique from other denominations is the fact that while it strongly affirms the clear teaching of the Bible, it allows believers the personal freedom to have varying interpretations on theological issues that are not clearly presented in Scripture. The Covenant affirms as central to its life and thought five evangelical emphases:
• The centrality of the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16)
• A conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:25)
• The necessity of new birth (John 3:3, 14:6)
• The reality of freedom in Christ (John 8:31-32; Galatians 5:1)
• The church is a fellowship of believers (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)
Batavia Covenant Church (BCC) was started in 1871. A small group met together in homes with a vision for a church to help those displaced by the Great Chicago Fire. They meet in homes until a building could be built in downtown Batavia. The fellowship moved to its current location in 1973.
Many things culturally have changed since those early years, but the gospel message of Jesus has remained true. Our fellowship remains continue to share this life-changing message of Jesus in relevant and innovative ways.
From the time of Jesus, we see this life of Jesus lived out in local churches all over the world, from the church as it is described in Acts 2, to the churches in the New Testament, to BCC. We are another local church in a long line of local churches, not seeking to live off the past, but seeking to follow Jesus in today’s world and the culture. that we live in.