About Us

Who we are, where we came from, and
where we’re heading!

About Us

Who we are, where we came from, and
where we’re heading!

Who are we?

Here’s the deal, Swiss Cove Christian Church cares about one thing more than anything else: Jesus Christ. The Cove is a family of individuals devoted to Jesus and one another, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.

What We Believe

  • That Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God, who died for our sins and arose from the dead. (I Corinthians 15:1-8 and John 3:16)
  • That the Bible is the inspired Word of God…a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (2 Timothy 3:16 and Psalm 119:105)
  • That every person has worth as a creation of God, but that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
  • That forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are available to those who trust Christ as Savior and Lord. (John 3:16)
  • That those accepting Christ should repent of sin, confess their faith, and be baptized into Him. (Romans 10:9 and Acts 2:38)
  • That the Church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit and exists to evangelize the lost and edify the saved. (Ephesians 4:1-6)
  • That Jesus Christ will one day return to earth and reign forever as King of kings and Lord of lords. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Frequently Asked Questions

Reformation vs. Restoration

Swiss Cove Christian Church is part of the Restoration Movement, not the Reformation (the 1500’s). The Restoration Movement officially began in the United States (Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia) during the late 1700’s and early 1800’s with men such as Barton W. Stone, Thomas Campbell, and Alexander Campbell. The movement sought not to reform the Catholic Church (as the Reformation), but instead to restore the 1st-century church of the New Testament which began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2).

We do not identify as Protestants coming out of the Reformation (Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, etc.) but simply as Christians. Among other central faith tenets are beliefs that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, that the Lord’s Supper should be celebrated every Sunday, and that adult baptism is by immersion, as one part of the New testament’s plan of salvation.

Several mottos summarize the movement such as: “In essentials, unity; in opinions, liberty; in all things, love.” And “Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent.”

Christian Churches and Churches of Christ are autonomous and do not have a council structure but are governed by local elders selected by each individual congregation.

Baptism

We baptize by immersion. We do not sprinkle. Immersion is the method described in the New Testament. We do not baptize infants. We immerse those who have personally committed their life to follow Christ, who have come to faith in Jesus, repented of their sins, and confessed Jesus as Lord.

We believe the Bible clearly connects baptism with the plan of salvation. We do not re-baptize people for the purpose of becoming a member of the church who have previously been baptized.

Women's Role in Church

Women at Swiss Cove have various roles in which they serve Christ and the congregation. Many women have been given leadership gifts and we strive to offer various ministries of service to use these gifts and talents. We have men and women who assist in collecting the offering and serving communion. Our elders are all men as detailed in 1 Timothy and Titus. All women (and men) serving at the Cove are under the oversight of the eldership of the church.

Our Story

Swiss Cove Christian Church was started in 1984 by a few families who wanted a Restoration Movement Church close to home. Back then, this group imagined a church that was truly welcoming to everyone – where everyone had a seat at the table regardless of personal history, family background, ethnicity, or gender. We live out those principles today and we welcome you to become part of the family.

Our Mission

Our goal is simple: To help you take your next step of faith. No matter who you are or where you are in your walk with Jesus, we’ve all got a net step we need to take. We also believe we weren’t meant to do faith alone. We’re in this together.

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Address

1965 State Road 13
Saint Johns, FL 32259

Call Us

904 287 5795

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