Every church has it’s own unique culture and set of distinctives. Below you will find the seven distinctives that describe who we are as a congregation of Christ’s disciples…
We are Biblical. In this age of extreme moral relativism, we believe that it is necessary to build our lives upon the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Bible. The Holy Scriptures reveal the character of our God — that he is sovereignly in control, that he does not change, and neither does His eternal Word. Thus, the Bible has shown itself through the centuries to be a trustworthy and reliable guide to solving life’s problems. It is to this bedrock doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture that we have committed ourselves. The phrase, “Where the Bible is highly regarded and faithfully preached”, accurately represents our church’s position on the centrality of God’s Word.
We are Gospel-centered. We seek to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in our weekly worship services and in regular family worship. As redeemed sinners, it is our desire to never lose sight of our fundamental need for Christ. His work of salvation and our sanctification are essential for the Christian life. We also want to make sure that we share the gospel with our own children. It is vital that we give them every opportunity to put their trust in Christ. Moreover, it is our desire to reach out with the gospel to people in our own local community and around the world.
We are Reformed in our theology. This means that we take our core beliefs from the historic doctrines of the Protestant Reformation, which was a recovery of the teachings of the Bible. We emphasize that God is providentially in control of all events in human history. Moreover, we teach that an individual’s calling, conviction, and conversion are accomplished by the loving activity of our Lord. It is with a great sense of assurance in our hearts that we proclaim, “those whom the Lord has saved, He also keeps safe.” Therefore, God alone receives all the glory.
We are Presbyterians. Our denominational affiliation is with the historic and biblically conservative Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Presbyterian churches are ruled by a plurality of godly elders. And so, our congregation is currently engaged in raising up ruling elders and deacons to serve the church. As Presbyterians we are not independent and autonomous, but are accountable to the other churches in our denomination. Specifically, we are responsible to the elders in the churches of the Midwest Presbytery (OPC). If you would like to know more about our beliefs and practices please visit our denominational website. Our doctrine is wonderfully summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
We are God-centered in our worship service. In other words, we do not strive to find novel, contemporary, or people-pleasing ways to worship God. Instead, we observe the explicit directions that God himself has given in the Bible to instruct us as to how he should be properly worshipped. We enjoy singing the Psalms and the great Hymns of the faith. You could summarize our position on worship in this way: we are supremely focused on God and that central point directs all we do in our worship service.
We are Covenantal. By this we mean that God has graciously entered into a covenant of grace with Jesus Christ and his people, and that he continues this redemptive plan throughout the generations. The covenant of grace was operative in the Old Testament era as well as continuing on into the New Testament era. As God has been faithful to keep his covenant with his people, we also want to faithfully keep covenant with him. One way we do this is by supporting the ministry and worship of the local church. Another way, is by seeking to raise our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. When a father and mother work from biblical principles as a unified team, the children receive a consistent message that helps them to stand for Christ in this fallen world. Single parents, married couples, and even single adults benefit from being in a loving church family that seeks to obey God’s covenantal obligations. It is our sincere prayer to see many Christians come forth from our church and its families over multiple generations.
We are committed to Family Discipleship. This means that we stay together as families and do not typically separate into peer-based programs, classes, and groups. We are committed to building-up strong families, and not breaking them apart. There is great benefit, we are convinced, from consistent interaction with disciples of Jesus Christ who come from differing age groups. Thus, we encourage age-integration within our church, and we respect the jurisdictions of church and home firmly believing that they can be in a complementary relationship with one another. Moreover, we encourage every father to disciple his family by practicing regular family worship. This lost art must be relearned in our generation. Young children and youth are regularly welcomed into our worship services and most church events. We are keenly interested in assisting widows and fatherless children. In summary, our congregation believes that strong and well-governed Christian families will over time advance the church of Jesus Christ here on earth.