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Distinctives

Reformed

We adhere to the historic & ancient Christian creeds; The Apostles Creed, The Nicene Creed, and The Athanasian Creed. We also subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith.

Evangelical

“Unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3. While the outward call of the gospel is universal, one must be born again by the Spirit of the living God in order to benefit from Christ's death and resurrection.

Covenant Renewal Worship

God renews His Covenant with us when we gather for worship on the Lord's Day. We accomplish this by following God's prescribed pattern of worship, which is summarized in five steps: Call, Confession, Consecration, Communion, and Commission.

Weekly Communion

The heart of biblical worship is organized around Word and Sacrament. We want to be fed from the Lord's Table as often as we are fed by His Word. When we gather, we partake of Christ's Table, just as the worshipper in the Old Testament did of the Peace Offering.

Psalm Singing

From the highest highs to the lowest lows, the Psalms capture the complete range of human emotion. They are prayers authored by the Holy Spirit for us to pray and sing back to God. We also sing hymns, but the Psalms take center stage and serve as the musical foundation for our worship.

Biblical Sermons

We need a herald who will open the Bible and proclaim to us what God has said. We don't need a pep talk or a man to tell clever stories when our people gather to worship.  In summary, we require the revelation of God's holy inspired Word. We need preaching that captures both our minds and hearts.

Infant Baptism

Simply put, we baptize our children because they are Christians. They are connected to the Church through the covenantal connection of their believing parents. Children are included in God's covenant people throughout the Bible, and this pattern continues in the New Covenant. "... for to such belongs the Kingdom of God," Jesus said. (Luke 18:16)

Wine in Communion

We are convinced when Jesus established the Supper, He used wine, and we do not have the authority to change what He established. Wine was used in the Passover meal by the Jews, and Jesus instituted this sacrament in that context. We don't want to be in the position of saying to Jesus, "No thanks, Jesus, I don't drink because I'm a Christian” when He offers us that cup.

Child Communion

Our children take part in the worship service alongside us. Because they are members of the Church, they are not separated into "Children's Church." We baptize and welcome our children into the church. We welcome them to the Lord's Table as well, because His table is for His people. Our children are identified as members of Christ's covenant people upon their baptism.

Christian Education

Every Christian parent (particularly fathers) has a responsibility to provide their children with a distinctly Christian education. This means the local church should equip Christian parents to give their covenant children this education. It is the parents' responsibility to educate their children, not the state's.

Optimistic About the Future

Christ's Kingdom, we believe, commenced with His resurrection and will continue to grow in size and strength until His return. Jesus affirmed that even now He has all authority in heaven and on earth, and He commanded His Church to make all the nations His followers by baptizing them and teaching them obedience (Matthew 28:18-20). As water covers the sea, Christ's Kingdom will spread until the entire earth is covered in the knowledge of the Lord (Isaiah 9:11).

Cultural Engagement

We believe Christians, and the local church are to have a preserving effect on society (Matthew 5:13). Like John the Baptist, the church has a prophetic role to play, bringing the Bible to bear on current moral challenges (Luke 3:19). We don't believe in drawing sharp distinctions between "political" and "religious" concerns. If God has spoken on an issue, the church must as well.

(Distinctives inspired by Christ Church Leavenworth, KS.)

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