YOU ARE WELCOME HERE
Everyone is welcome in the doors of our church regardless of religious affiliation (or lack of one), previous church history, or any other thing that might hold one back. Unbelievers are especially welcome and every one of your questions are welcome too. We will try to answer your questions about God and the Church. Please – bring them!
All believers are welcome to our church and are welcome at the Lord’s Supper if they are a member in good standing of their church or have spoken with the pastor or elders and have a credible profession of faith.
While we have distinctives that make us different from some congregations, these are not things that separate us from other believers. We welcome all believers and do not ask that you share our distinctives. If you love Jesus and love the Scriptures, you’ll love our church!
REDEEMER IS ARP
This means that our congregation belongs to the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church , one of the oldest of the United States’ theologically and socially conservative denominations. Our form of governance, Presbyterianism, means that our church is led by elected elders who are themselves subject to a larger body of governance known as the General Assembly.
REDEEMER IS REFORMED
The word “Reformed” links us to the Reformation and the theological distinctives, particularly those in the Calvinist tradition.
Some of these distinctives include the sovereignty of God in creation, His providence in the lives and salvation of believers; the sovereignty of God in His grace towards believers, who apart from his grace are dead in sin and defiled in soul and body; the efficacy of Christ’s death for all who believe in Him by faith; and His sovereignty in sanctifying and keeping of all of those for whom Christ died.
REDEEMER IS CONFESSIONAL
Our beliefs are in the documents called the Westminster Standards. Our pastors and elders subscribe to these documents as a great summary on the teachings of God’s Word. To sum them up quickly, we believe:
- God’s Word is contained in the Old and New Testaments and is holy, inerrant, and infallible – the only rule for our faith and life.
- God is Spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, goodness, justice and truth.
- God exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, the same in substance and equal in power and glory.
- Man is utterly sinful and in desperate need of a Savior – without whom he is unable to know his plight, or to seek after his God.
- The Lord Jesus Christ is God the Son, and he came to earth, fully man and fully God, to die for the sins of his people as the perfect sacrifice for their sinfulness.
- The Holy Spirit personally acts in the lives of the unbeliever to bring about regeneration and continued sanctification as the new believer grows in the knowledge and grace of God.
- Salvation is obtained when the unbeliever calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus, who saves him from his sin. The new believer no longer has his sin, but has the righteousness of Christ.
- The people of God are the Church, who love God and to make him known to the world.