Beliefs

Beliefs

The covenant of membership taken by our members summarizes the basic beliefs of Second Reformed Presbyterian Church.

1. Do you believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and life?

2. Do you believe in the one living and true God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as revealed in the Scriptures?

3. Do you repent of your sin; confess your guilt and helplessness as a sinner against God; profess Jesus Christ, Son of God, as your Savior and Lord; and dedicate yourself to His service: Do you promise that you will endeavor to forsake all sin, and to conform your life to His teaching and example?

4. Do you promise to submit in the Lord to the teaching and government of this church as being based upon the Scriptures and described in substance in the Constitution of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America? Do you recognize your  responsibility to work with others in the church and do you promise to support and encourage them in their service to the Lord? In case you should need correction in doctrine or life, do you promise to respect the authority and discipline of the church?

5. To the end that you may grow in the Christian life, do you promise that you will diligently read the Bible, engage in private prayer, keep the Lord’s Day, regularly attend the worship services, observe the appointed sacraments, and give to the Lord’s work as He shall prosper you?

6. Do you purpose to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness in all the relationships of life, faithfully to perform your whole duty as a true servant of Jesus Christ, and seek to win others to Him?

7. Do you make this profession of faith and purpose in the presence of God, in humble reliance upon His grace, as you desire to give your account with joy at the Last Great Day?

For a more complete statement of the beliefs of Second Reformed Presbyterian Church, please see the Constitution of the RPCNA.

Worship

We seek to worship God as he directs, in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Join us for a time of worship that is uniquely based upon the Word of God in teaching, preaching, praying, and singing (John 4:24).

We enter into the very presence of God in worship in order to give him his due. In worship, God meets with his people, and we experience in a full way the truth of his promise when he said “I will be your God and you will be my people.” Christ himself mediates our worship by his Holy Spirit. That is, he is the one who makes us worthy to enter God’s presence, and he is the one who makes us able to hear from the living God.

In song, we sing the 150 Psalms of the Scripture. God has breathed his Word out and placed the words of his breath in our mouths wherewith to praise him perfectly. This practice is unusual in the church today, but you will be blessed to sing God’s perfect Word back to him.

God commands us to offer a sacrifice of praise which is the fruit of our lips. The church does not rely upon human mediators to sing on behalf of the congregation, but we all sing together. In the Old Testament, the temple had many outward forms of spiritual graces. There were animal sacrifices, wash- basins, lampstands, and many other items including musical instruments that were divinely commanded to be used. In the New Testament era, Christ has come and done away with those outward forms, and now we sing with grace in the heart towards God. The New Testament calls on people to sing, but never to worship God with instruments. While we love the use of musical instruments in many other parts of life, we sing with the voices God has given us in order to please him and experience the blessings he promises.

The Reformed Presbyterian Synod adopted a paper on worship in 2003 that explores the subject of worship and explains from the Scripture what God desires from his people in worship. You can read that paper here.