Who We Are
New Covenant Presbyterian Church is church plant of the PCA in Richmond Hill, GA. Richmond Hill is a growing suburb of Savannah, GA. New Covenant is a mission work of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) in Richmond Hill, Ga.
We exist for the worship of the living and true God in spirit and truth. We are eager to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ throughout the Coastal area of Southeast, GA. We are committed to the ministry of the word of God and the central place of the preaching of Jesus Christ crucified. We do not exist for political agendas, social activism, or any other causes--no matter how legitimate or good they may be. It is our sincere desire to serve the Richmond Hill community with the pure word of the Gospel and the demonstration of the love of Christ in the good works He has prepared for us. We are an elder led congregation.
For more information about what it means to be a member at New Covenant you can find the audio and video from our new members class here.
Rev. Nicholas T. Batzig is the organizing pastor of New Covenant Presbyterian Church. Nick grew up on St. Simons Island, Ga. In 2001 he moved to Greenville, SC where he met his wife Anna, and attended Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In 2007 Nick and Anna had their first son, Micah Gersham Batzig. The Batzigs then moved to Philadelphia where Nick was an intern at Tenth Presbyterian Church. Nick and Anna had their second son, Elijah Alexander Batzig, while in Philadelphia. In November of 2008 Nick accepted the call to be the organizing pastor of the Richmond Hill church plant. The Batzigs moved to Richmond Hill in February 2009 to begin the church plant. In July 2010 they had their third son, Judah David Batzig. Currently Nick is working on a Th.M at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. The subject of his thesis is "The Third Use of the Law in the Westminster Standards."
Nick blogs at Feeding On Christ, has written numerous articles for Tabletalk Magazine, Reformation 21, and is published in Jonathan Edwards and Scotland (Dunedin, 2011) Nick is also a regular panelists on Christ the Center a podcast of The Reformed Forum. In addition, Nick is the host of the forthcoming show East of Eden: The Biblical and Systematic Theology of Jonathan Edwards.
Travis W. Peacock is the Administrative Outreach Assistant at New Covenant. Travis is a native of Savannah, GA. He has worked in youth ministry and young adult pastoral ministry over the past 10 years. Travis has a giant heart for Christ, the Reformed Faith and the mission of Christ for the evangelization of the world. Travis is currently helping carry out the vision of New Covenant in a diversity of capacities.
What We Believe
The Scriptures are clear that sound doctrine is of the essence of true Christianity. It is for this reason that we want to be upfront about what we believe. We do not want to "water down" or "hide" our doctrine. We believe the doctrine taught in the Westminster Confession of Faith to be the doctrine of Scripture. All of the doctrines taught and proclaimed in our worship services and Bible studies will accord with the Westminster Standards.
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired, infallible, inerrant word of God. We believe that the Holy Spirit superintended the prophets and apostles when he had them write God's revelation of Himself to the church. We believe that the Scriptures are the only infallible standard by which the entirety of our lives is governed.
We believe that there is one true and living God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is one God in three Persons. We believe that He is the same God in the Old and New Testament. We believe that all three Persons of the Godhead are “equal in power and glory.” We believe that the Son is as much God as the Father is God. The Spirit is as much God as the Son is God. However, we do not believe that the Father is the Son, or that He becomes the Son.
We believe that man was created in God's image, in knowledge, righteousness and holiness. We believe that man was given a will to exercise choices. We believe that in Adam we all sinned and are now thoroughly corrupt in our minds, hearts, and wills. We believe that men are spiritually dead apart from the regenerating work of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the eternal Son of God, added a human nature to His Divine Person in order to be the only Mediator between God and Man. As the God-Man, Jesus Christ, obeyed the Law of God perfectly for His people and became a curse for them on the cross, because of their disobedience. Jesus' death on the cross was an atoning death. He died in the place of His people, as a substitute for them. His death was a real sacrifice and is effective unto salvation for all those for whom He died. The benefits of Christ's death are applied to people when they believe.
We believe that salvation is by faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ. While we are called to walk in the good works prepared by God from eternity, we do not believe that men and women are justified by these Spirit-wrought works. We believe that good works are the necessary fruit of the faith that unites us to Christ and by which we are justified.
We believe that Christ's righteousness (i.e. His perfect record) is imputed (i.e. counted, credited, etc.) to those who believe. Just as our sins were imputed to Him, so His righteousness is imputed to us. It is the great exchange. This is what is called in Scripture "justification."
We believe that all who are justified will also be sanctified. Sanctification is a biblical term that means, "to be made holy." As we are accepted in God's sight as righteous because of the work of Jesus Christ, we are also renewed in our hearts so that we will put sin to death and live our lives in accordance of God's word. We learn to love the ways of the Lord as He sanctifies us by His word and Spirit.
We believe that the church, as the body of Christ, is made up of all who have saving faith in Him, together with their children. We believe that God enters into covenant with believers and their children. This covenant, which is carried out differently under the period of the law and the Gospel, is nevertheless, one and the same. It is called the “Covenant of Grace,” or the “Covenant of Redemption.” Covenant does not equal saving relationship with God, but is a bond by which God promises salvation by faith in Jesus Christ to those who fulfill the condition of the covenant. This condition is faith in Jesus Christ. Faith is a gift from God, it is not something that we naturally have the ability to produce. God also promises curses to all within the covenant community who do not believe. Jesus Christ is the One who keeps the legal demands of the covenant for His people. As they are united to Him, all the benefits of the covenant become theirs.
The sign of the covenant in the Old Covenant was circumcision and baptism in the New. The only other sign and seal of God’s covenant is the Lord’s Supper. Besides baptism and the Lord’s Supper, as sacraments instituted by Christ, New Covenant Presbyterian does not practice any other. We do not believe that you are “converted,” “saved,” “regenerated,” or “redeemed” by water baptism. We believe that it is commanded by Christ to be a sign and seal of the covenant. We believe that Christ and the benefits of the New Covenant are signified and sealed by baptism. We believe that you must be baptized by the Holy Spirit, which is another way of saying you must be “converted,” “saved,” “regenerated,” or “redeemed.” We believe that Christ is spiritually present in the “worthy” partaking of the Lord’s Supper. In order for someone to partake in a worthy manner, you must be able to examine your heart, recognize your need for the saving blood of Christ, and exercise faith in Him. We do not believe that the bread and wine “literally” become the body and blood of Christ. We believe that they represent the body and the blood of Christ, and that He is spiritually present in the “worthy” partaking of the Supper.
The Last Things
We believe that there will be a day of judgment, in which all men will stand before the throne of God and will have to give an account of everything done in the body. We believe in a bodily resurrection of both believers and unbelievers. On the last day, when Christ returns, all those who have died prior to this coming will be raised up and will either go to heaven or hell for all eternity. All those who have trusted in Christ will go to be with Him in glory forever. All those who have not trusted in Him will perish eternally.