By Pastor Tom Troxell
What we believe…
Covenant Presbyterian Church is Reformed in doctrine, which means we hold to the faith of the Protestant Reformation as outlined in these five Sola statements: We are a Presbyterian Church, which means we are governed by Elders. The Elders, along with the Pastor, make up the church Session. Being Presbyterian also means that we are connectional. Churches are grouped geographically into Presbyteries, and the Presbyteries together form the General Assembly. Presbyteries meet several times a year and the General Assembly meets annually.
Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone): We believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God; the only standard of our faith and practice. It alone shows us the way to be reconciled to God.
Solus Christus (Christ Alone): We believe our salvation is accomplished by the work of Jesus Christ alone. His sinless life and substitutionary death are the only means for reconciliation with God.
Sola Gratia (Grace Alone): We believe God’s grace alone provides salvation for humankind. Salvation is a gift; it can not be earned, and is not deserved.
Sola Fide (Faith Alone): We believe the benefits of Jesus’ work are appropriated only through faith.
Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone the Glory): We believe God alone deserves glory in our salvation and in our lives.
Covenant Presbyterian Church began as a Bible Study in 1978. The first service was held in the old Western Savings building in Sun City on February 4, 1979. The Rev. Don Esty was called as first pastor shortly thereafter, and the congregation was organized as a mission church.
The congregation moved to the R. H. Johnson Recreation Center, Sun City West, in 1980. In 1981 the church changed from being a mission church to being fully organized. In December 1982 the present church site was secured and the present Auditorium was dedicated on May 10, 1987. The Fellowship Hall was completed in late 1992. The Auditorium was refurbished in the summer of 2007.
Rev. Tom Troxell is the third installed pastor in Covenant’s history. He was part time from January 1999 through June 2000. On July 1, 2000 he came to Covenant full time.
The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has its historical roots in the Reformation. However, the PCA began as a separate denomination in 1973 when elders, ministers and church members met in Birmingham, Alabama to form a new denomination, true to the elements of Biblical Presbyterianism. In 1982 the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod (RPC, ES) joined the PCA, bringing with it a college, a seminary and many missionaries. For 2007, The Presbyterian Church in America reported 76 Presbyteries, 1,666 organized churches and missions (in all 50 states) and 345,000 members. In 2007 giving in PCA congregations totaled $683 million dollars. The PCA has 590 long term missionaries and 476 short term missionaries. Reformed University Ministries now works on 102 campuses in the USA and overseas.
The PCA is a confessional denomination, still adhering to the great creeds and doctrines of the Protestant Reformation. We believe these creeds express the system of doctrine set forth in the Bible; and we believe the best expression of this Reformation faith is found in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. These are, along with the Book of Church Order, the subordinate standards of the church. Other Reformed Confessions include The Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort [Reformed], the London and Philadelphia Confessions [Baptist], the Savoy Declaration [Congregational], and the original Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England [traditional Anglican].
We teach a Biblical World and Life View, striving to teach people how to live in this world by using the Bible as the “spectacles” through which all of life is to be viewed and lived.
We believe that God is sovereign over all things, and that He alone is deserving of our worship. Thus we worship in a manner that utilizes the many gifts of the congregation; worship that is conducted with simplicity, elegance and dignity.