What is Covenant Community?
We have spent this Fall considering Jesus’ vision for the Church. Covenant Community is our best attempt at attaching a pathway, steps of practical action, to become the church Jesus envisions. By lifting the biblical church off the pages of the Scripture, we clearly see a picture of Covenant Community. The letters found in the New Testament are written to local communities of believers who had been joined together by the Gospel of Christ (Romans 16:3-5). The people who made up these communities consistently worshiped together (Hebrews 10:24-25), were accountable to one another (Galatians 6:1), encouraged one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11), served one another (1 Peter 4:10), and contended for the Gospel together using their spiritual gifts and financial means to edify the church and move the mission forward (Philippians 1:5, 27; 1 Corinthians 12).
Covenant is a term rarely used in 21st century Western culture, but the biblical use of covenant refers to "a formal promise,” sealing an agreement between two parties (i.e. the blood of Jesus representing the New Covenant or vows and the exchange of rings in marriage). The Scriptures are comprised of covenants that God made with humankind and reveal how we move with God in relationship. We hope to share a similar covenant as a family bond, making a promise to uphold Jesus’ vision of the church individually and communally. The heart behind church covenant is love—commitment to doing life together, participating, serving, and walking in accountability with one another as we seek to become more like Jesus.
Who is this for?
Anyone is invited. Particularly, if you consider TGC Williamsburg your home church, we would love you to prioritize attending the meeting on October 23. By attending this meeting, you are making no formal commitments or signing up for the full course. It will simply allow you to receive a more full explanation of Covenant Community, informing your decision about attending the course.
What is required?
To join the Covenant Community of TGC Williamsburg, we ask that you attend all 5 sessions of the course. This is not for the purpose of institutionalized programming. Instead, it is so you understand the covenant promise you are invited to make to God and one another as a contributor to the church.
October 23 - Why Covenant Community?
October 30 and November 6 - Shared Theology*
November 13 and 20 - Shared Practices*
November 27 and December 4 - Shared Ethics*
December 11 - Shared Authority
*Attend only one. We are repeating these sessions to accommodate the assumed busy schedules of attenders.