Our Church

Our Church

We are a people committed to discerning the will of our Lord as it has been revealed in the pages of Scripture. Through the leadership of the Spirit and by mutual encouragement our goal is to put that will into effect in our lives both corporately and individually so that in all things we may glorify God. The great solas of the Reformation are at the core of the faith we profess. The salvation we claim as our own and proclaim to the lost is ours by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. We come to God as sinners worthy only of his condemnation, but by his grace we come to trust Christ as our Savior and by faith are clothed in the righteousness of Christ so that we are acquitted of all sin by the Judge of all men. It is by Scripture alone that we come to understand the way to salvation and the way those who are saved should live. Scripture is our final authority in all matters pertaining to faith. We use The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 as a guide to understanding the principle teachings of Scripture having found it to be faithful in its exposition of Biblical doctrine. Sound doctrine is neither optional nor a hindrance to loving fellowship, but is in fact its only sure foundation. We are a small church, but even so our backgrounds, temperaments and interests are varied. It is not a common social or political tie, but a common love for our Lord and commitment to his Word that binds us together. Regular times of fellowship inside and outside our times of worship serve to keep these ties strong. A conversation around the lunch table or a game of volleyball may not be as important as understanding the doctrine of the atonement, but is nonetheless an expression of the fellowship we enjoy.
what shall I do

“Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”” (Acts 2:36–37, ESV)

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book in his hand

‘The book in his hand,’ teaches us that sinners discover their real state and character by reading and believing the Scriptures; that their first attention is often directed to the denunciations of the wrath to come contained in them, and that such persons cannot but continue to search the word of God, though their grief and alarm be increased by every perusal.

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facing away from his own house

His ‘face turned from his own house’ represents the sinner convinced that it is absolutely necessary to subordinate all other concerns to the care of his immortal soul, and to renounce every thing which interferes with that grand object: this makes him lose his former relish for the pleasures of sin, and even for the most lawful temporal satisfactions, while he trembles at the thought of impending destruction (Heb. 11:24-27).

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The allegory opens with a description of the principal character to which it relates. The view, which the author in his dream had of him, as ‘clothed in rags,’ implies that all men are sinners, in their dispositions, affections and conduct ; that their supposed virtues are radically defective, and worthless in the sight of God; that the pilgrim has discovered this in his own case, so that he perceives his own righteousnesses to be insufficient for justification, even as sordid rags would be unsuitable raiment for those who stand before kings.

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Mr. Bunyan was confined, at, different times, about twelve years in Bedford jail, for exercising his ministry contrary to the statutes then in force. This was ‘the den, in which he slept and dreamed.’  Here he penned this instructive allegory, and many other useful works, which evince that he was neither soured nor disheartened by persecution. The Christian, who understands what usage he ought to expect in this evil world, comparing our present measure of religious liberty with the rigors of that age, will see abundant cause for gratitude; but they, who are disposed to complain, can never be at a loss for topics, while so much is amiss among all ranks and orders of men, and in the conduct of every individual.

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