OUR BELIEFS

"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).

To give you a sense of our beliefs and practices, here are some of our guiding emphases. A more complete listing and articulation of our beliefs can be found in our Creeds and Confessions.

 

We believe in the supremacy of God over and in everything. For He has created all things, and with absolute sovereignty upholds and governs all He has made. All things are from Him, through Him and unto Him (Romans 11:36). And we live move and have our being in Him (Acts 17:28). God does all things to make Himself known and to communicate His glory, and He calls upon us to do the same (1 Corinthian 10:31).

 

We maintain a high view of scripture. The Bible is fully inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is God Word, the final authority, sufficient for life and godliness. It is health to our souls, light to our pathway, milk and meat for our growth in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

 

  • We are committed to the sufficiency of God's Word to teach all that we need to know to live for God and his glory.

  • We are committed to expository preaching of the whole Word of God.

  • We are committed to the instructing our youth in the Bible by means of preaching, Sunday school, parental instruction, and pastor-taught catechism classes.

 

We believe in God-centered, and, therefore, God-honoring worship. Worship is the believer's heartfelt adoration of God in response to the gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 12:1). It is as well God's building us up in His ways through his Word.

 

  • Thus our worship is regulated by the commands of God's Word.

  • Our worship centers on Christ himself speaking to us through the Word of God preached.

  • We aim to honor the Lord and build each other up through the congregational singing of edifying psalms, hymns, and songs (Colossians 3:16).

 

We believe in the Sovereign Grace of God. This means that we hold to the five points of Calvinism. These are man's total depravity, God's unconditional election, Christ's limited atonement, the Spirit's irresistible grace, and the believer's perseverance.

 

  • We preach the gospel to all and God's sovereignty will make his word effective as he wills.

 

We believe that the Christian life is Christ-centered and cross-driven. (Galatians 6:14).

 

  • Christ's died on the cross to bear our sins and so receive God's wrath against Himself in our place.

  • Only by Christ's perfect obedience and death on the cross does God account us as righteous. We apprehend Christ's righteousness by faith only.

  • Keeping the cross central helps us to stay focused on God's grace so that we may have comfort both in life and in death, and indeed, that we may begin to live a life of love, joy, and gratitude.

 

We believe in the Covenant of Grace. God relates to us through the covenant that he made with His church, with Christ as the mediator. He has bond himself to the church so that He is our God and we are his people.

 

  • Christ has secured for us the covenant promises as well as fulfilled for us the covenant demands. Because of Him, we are the people of God.

  • The covenant extends to all members of the church, including children, who are given the covenant sign in holy baptism.

  • We respond to God's covenantal love by obeying His commands (the law of God/Christ) in love and thankfulness.

 

We believe in Presbyterian Church government, which means that on earth the church is governed by its ordained officers, namely the elders, who are Christ's under-shepherds.

 

  • We have a high view of church membership.

  • We exercise Christ-given keys of the kingdom (Mathew 16:19; 18:15-22).

  • We belong to a denomination, which means we are accountable as a church to the church. Our denomination is the Reformed Church in the United States.

  • In the particulars of church government and practice, we follow the Constitution of the RCUS.

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ADDRESS
CONTACT
Worship  10 a.m.
Covenant Life Groups  11:30 a.m.

15 12th Ave NE,

Watertown, SD  57201

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