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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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  • Rev. David Thommen (URC)
  • John Hendryx
  • Marco Gonzalez

    We are a community of confessing believers who love the gospel of Jesus Christ, affirm the Biblical and Christ-exalting truths of the Reformation such as the five solas, the doctrines of grace, monergistic regeneration, and the redemptive historical approach to interpreting the Scriptures.

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  • Proof of the Promised One

    Text: Matthew 1:1-17

    "Stunning"... "gripping"... "breathtaking"... these are hardly the words we would normally use to describe the opening of the Gospel of Matthew (and the New Testament), but once we discover the reason behind it, the ramifications are truly life changing.

    December 16, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    Features of Reformed Worship

    God-Centered
    Worship is the expression of praise, glory, thanks, honor, submission and devotion and is to be given to God alone. All else is idolatry. Therefore, Reformed worship is intentionally God-ward, celebrating all that He is and all that He has done in creation and redemption. Worship is not about our feelings or ‘worship experience’ and therefore is not devised according to what will attract or satisfy the sinner. God alone is our target audience in worship. It is for God,about God, and focused solely upon God. We recognize that if God is pleased it does not matter who is displeased, and if He is displeased, it does not matter who is pleased.

    Triune in Orientation
    God has revealed Himself in creation and especially in the Bible. Biblical worship recognizes we worship the one true God who is eternally existent in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All of our worship is shaped by this revelation.

    Covenantal
    Biblical worship is based upon a covenant relationship. Not everyone can legitimately call Him ‘Father’ but only those in covenant relationship with Him. We also recognize that this relationship is made possible only by the sin bearing, atoning cross-work of the Lord Jesus Christ in His death for us, and the perfect obedience and righteousness He achieved for us in His life. Based on the sure foundation of Scripture alone, justification is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone.

    Regulated by Scripture
    God determines how He will be worshiped and He has not left us to guess what that involves. The Regulative Principle of Worship acknowledges that we are to do only those things in worship which God has commanded in His Word. We are not free to innovate, revise, or supplement the elements of worship commanded by God in Scripture. We are to be careful to do according to the mandates laid out for us.

    Sober, Yet Joyful
    The Bible makes it clear that worshiping God is a highly serious matter and yet Christians ought to do so with reverent and overflowing joy. Worship is not a concert for man’s enjoyment. Preaching is not a public speech to dispense information or to entertain. Preaching is a central component of our worship. God addresses His people through the reading and proclamation of His word, and His people respond in faith, thanksgiving, and praise.

    A Holy Dialogue
    Worship in the Bible was a dialogue between God and His covenant people, and so should it be in churches today. Our service begins with God addressing His gathered people in His solemn call to worship. Hearing His call, we respond with joy.God reveals His holy Law and we recognize our guilt and confess our sins. God, through the preacher, makes proclamation of His word, and we believe and renew our commitment to Him. He serves His people a family, covenant meal at His Table and we believe His gospel promise and feast on Him. As we turn from sin and trust the finished and perfect work of the perfect Savior alone, He assures us of His full pardon. We respond with thanksgiving and praise. Our worship ends with God addressing His children with words of benediction. This dialogue between God and His assembled covenant people is the rhythm of worship in Scripture, and it shapes the structure of our liturgy every Lord’s Day.

    - John Samson

    December 15, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    Two Paths - Two Destinations

    Psalm 1:

    December 10, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    Jesus On The Will

    December 04, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    Jesus on Election

    Text: John 6:35-51

    Jesus teaches Divine Sovereignty in salvation in the clearest of terms.

    November 25, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    Law & Gospel

    The message of the Bible: Law & Gospel

    Part 2: The Revelation of Righteousness

    November 19, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    My Testimony: Confessions of a Former Word of Faith Pastor

    John Samson:

    November 15, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    Meet Your Accuser - Moses!

    Text: John 5:39-47

    John 5 is a glorious unveiling of the Lord Jesus and the final verses of the chapter provides no let up whatsoever as Jesus' indictments against the religious leaders are stunning and penetrating. At the last judgment, the one who will bring accusations against them is Moses himself, their hero in the faith. Yet the question before each of us is this: Do you believe Moses?

    November 12, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    The Revelation of Righteousness

    Text: Romans 1-5

    In Christ there is perfect righteousness and Christ is the righteousness of the believer. This stunning revelation is the basis of all gospel proclamation - what God demands, Christ provides!


    November 04, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink

    Law and Gospel

    Text: Romans 1:16,17

    Without a clear understanding of Law and Gospel only heresy and error abounds. With it, we can go through the gates of paradise.

    October 28, 2018  |  Comments (0)   |  Permalink