Our Commitments

3. Loving the Church

Our commitment to contending for the faith is a reflection of our love for the church of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit dwells in each Christian, but He dwells in a special way in the body of Christ. In fact, we understand that there is no ordinary hope of salvation apart from ongoing fellowship with the church. This means each of our members is committed to the health of our local church, and our church is committed to the health of the broader church in our nation and around the world. We are in fellowship with and accountable to other churches in our presbytery. We practice church discipline to maintain the purity of Christ’s church, and we are committed to advancing Christ’s kingdom through the training of pastors and the planting of more faithful churches.

1 Timothy 3:15“The household of God … is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.”

1 Peter 2:4–5“And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

2 Timothy 2:2“The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

Recent answers from Ask the Pastors . . .

Where can I find the poem you mentioned in your sermon on Sunday?

QUESTION Question for Pastor Joseph! What is the name of the ballad you mentioned on Sunday and where can I find a copy? I would love to read the whole thing. Thanks! ANSWER Here you go! https://www.fortressofdoors.com/st-halvor/ I had to look up what a "thrall" was...

Why does our church use the NASB95?

QUESTION Why did our church choose the NASB95 for our text of choice? Why this translation above, let’s say, the KJV? Is it the language? Is KJV considered a bad translation? Or is the KJV more tied to Catholicism? I use an ESV myself since I understand it better....

Why don’t we take down all the “Yes” signs?

QUESTION Why don’t we take down all the “Yes” signs? ANSWER My daughter Annabel recently said (with some heat), “I just want to go and tear the tops off all those ‘Yes’ signs!” Another child of the church asked his parents, “If we want people to vote no on...