Welcome to Covenant United Reformed Church in Byron Center, Michigan

About Covenant United Reformed Church

Covenant Independent Reformed Church held its first worship service on May 15, 1994 as a daughter church to Dutton I.R.C. and was officially organized in 1995. From 1994 to the fall of 1998 we met at Baker Elementary School in Wayland, Michigan. Our present building location in Byron Center, Michigan was purchased in 1998 with our first worship service there being held on October 20 of that same year. Later, our congregation voted to affiliate with the United Reformed Churches of North America and this was ratified at Synod 2001. At that time our name was changed to Covenant United Reformed Church of Byron Center, MI.

Covenant: We include "covenant" in our name because of our conviction that scripture teaches a covenant theology. This covenant theology is two-fold with a covenant of works and a covenant of grace. "The first covenant made with man was a covenant of works, wherein life was promised to Adam, and in him to his posterity, upon condition of perfect and personal obedience." However, "[m]an by his fall having made himself incapable of life by that covenant, the Lord was pleased to make a second, commonly called the covenant of grace; wherein He freely offereth unto sinners life and salvation by Jesus Christ, requiring of them faith in Him that they may be saved, and promising to give unto all those that are ordained unto life His Holy Spirit, to make them willing and able to believe" (Westminster Confession of Faith 7.1,2). It is because of this gracious covenant relationship realized through Christ that we as a church exist.

United: We refer to ourselves as "united" because of our belief in "one catholic or universal Church" (Belgic Confession art. 27). Of this one Church there are innumerable local churches which are united in adhering, teaching and protecting the one "faith which was once for all delivered to the saints." Our unity expresses itself concretely and locally within our federation of United Reformed Churches in North America

Reformed: We classify ourselves as "reformed" because we hold to be truth the doctrines rediscovered during the time of the "Reformation." These truths include, but are not limited to, predestination, limited atonement, total depravity, irresistible grace and the perseverance of the saints. We reject the errors of what is commonly known as Arminianism and Pelagianism.

Church: We call ourselves a church due to our trust that we are a "congregation of true Christian believers, all expecting their salvation in Jesus Christ, being washed by His blood, sanctified and sealed by the Holy Spirit" (Belgic Confession art. 27). In addition, it is our confession that "out of the whole human race, from the beginning to the end of the world, the Son of God, by His Spirit and Word, gathers, defends, and preserves for Himself unto everlasting life a chosen communion in the unity of true faith; and that I am and forever shall remain a living member of this communion" (Heidelberg Catechism Q. 54).

Covenant United Reformed Church is a member church of the United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA). The URCNA is a young denomination that came into existence in October 1996.

The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.