OUR  BELIEFS  AND  WORSHIP

 

      We are a church, which confesses the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the inspired, inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and life. If this is what you are looking for, and are seeking by the grace of God to direct your life according to this biblical standard, we invite you to our services of worship and to any of the programs listed. Come learn more about us.  We are committed to promoting the glory of God through sound teaching,  experiential preaching, reverent worship, the fellowship of believers, programs designed to meet needs of the soul, plus an active outreach into the community and around the world with a variety of local and overseas missions which we feel privileged to support.

    We adhere to the classic doctrines of the sixteenth-century Reformation as set forth in the Reformed confessions, including the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession of Faith, and the Canons of Dordt.

      We embrace the five “solas” of the Reformation: sola scriptura (Scripture alone), sola gratia (grace alone), sola fide (faith alone), solus Christus (Christ alone), and soli Deo gloria (to God alone be the glory). J.I. Packer writes,

“To the Reformers, the crucial question was not simply whether God justifies believers without works of law. It was the broader question, whether sinners are wholly helpless in their sin, and whether God is to be thought of as saving them by free, unconditional, invincible grace, not only justifying them for Christ's sake when they come to faith, but also raising them from the death of sin by His quickening Spirit in order to bring them to faith. Here was the crucial issue: whether God is the author, not merely of justification, but also of faith; whether, in the last analysis, Christianity is a religion of utter reliance on God for salvation and all things necessary to it, or of self-reliance and self effort.” (Historical and Theological Introduction to Luther's The Bondage of the Will)


      We believe what is commonly called the free offer of the Gospel, the fact that salvation is to be freely offered to sinners everywhere, and that God holds men responsible to believe in Christ and be saved. This teaching does not imply that man has a free will; it does, however, emphasize the imperative of the Great Commission for the Church to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. It also shows how those who have heard the good news of Jesus Christ are even more accountable for their sins than those who have not heard it, for “everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required” (Luke 12:48).

Jonathan Edwards wrote,

“God has already contrived everything that is needful for your salvation; and there is nothing wanting but your consent.  Since God has taken this matter of the redemption of sinners into His own hand, He has made thorough work of it.  He has not left it for you to finish.  Satisfaction is already made; righteousness is already wrought out; death and hell are already conquered.  The Redeemer has already taken possession of glory, and keeps it in His hands to bestow on them who come to Him.  There were many difficulties in the way, but they are all removed.  The Saviour has already triumphed over all, and is at the right hand of God to give eternal life to His people.

“Salvation is already brought to your door; and the Saviour stands, knocks, and calls that you would open to Him so that He might bring it to you.  There remains nothing but your consent.  All the difficulty now remaining is with your own heart.  If you perish now, it must be wholly at your door.  It must be because you would not come to Christ that you might have life.”  (Our Great and Glorious God)

      We practise what has been referred to in recent literature as “traditional worship” but what we prefer to think of as “biblical worship.” This is worship according to the regulative principle, that we not worship God in any other way than He has commanded, than He has specifically prescribed in His Word (Ex. 20:4-6; Deut. 12:31-32; John 4:24). It is also worship that is reverent, that is offered in godly fear (Eccles. 5:1-2; Heb. 12:28-29). And it is worship that seeks in all things to be Christ-centred (John 5:22-23; 1 Cor. 2:2; 2 Cor. 4:5-6; Col. 1:13-18). For further reading, we recommend With Reverence and Awe: Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship, by Hart and Muether.