The Theology of the Covenant Household Model of Life and Ministry

We believe God has given us through Jesus Christ and His Word, a clear and powerful model for how we are to live as disciples of Jesus Christ and as a church body. We call this the Covenant Household Model of Life and Ministry. Following is a reference on the the theology of the model.

God created man and the world for His glory.

God’s creative activity in and His own ends for creation and for man are the necessary presupposition for understanding everything that is (exists).

God executes everything according to His plan

Man chose to reject God’s explanation of the true nature of all things, as well as God’s right to explain the true nature of all things and his very own existence. He chose to believe a lie about God’s control of the future

  • At the instigation of Satan man chose to set up his own reason as the judge Gen. 3:1-5;
  • Man chose to set up his own will as the rule against the Wisdom and rule of God. Rm.1:21-25

Consequently, Man became dead in sin.

God initiated and fulfilled the Covenant of Grace.

God applies the Covenant of Grace and explains the process by which man is renewed in His Glory-Image (also called godliness, or covenant faithfulness)

God ordains and Institutes the Primary structure of Authority to most faithfully oversee and manage this restoration to Covenant faithfulness, which is itself both an end and means of that restoration process.

  • The local church as a household of households under the authority of Elders, who oversee heads of households and encourage and oversee mutually constructive covenantal relationships for individual members, with a view to their varying gifts and roles (including importantly speaking the truth in love to one another in mutually constructive covenantal relationships and in corporate assembly Eph. 4:11-16; Col. 3:16; 1Cor. 12; 14; Heb. 3:12, 13; 10:24; Heb. 13:7,17.
  • Heads of households are responsible (accountable to God and the elders of the church) for the sanctification of his own family. Eph. 5:21-6:4.

General Outline of the Application of the CHMLM