What is a denomination?
A union of various churches who share the same beliefs, practice, and worship. Our denomination definitely does not believe we are the only true church. We actively seek contact with others.
Why do you have creeds and confessions? Isn't the Bible enough?
You often hear people say things like, no creed but the Bible. This is however
itself a creedal statement. The church does well to use confessions for several
First, our confessions make it clear to the world what it is that we believe about
the Bible. Many groups use the Bible and give different interpretations to its teachings. Scripture itself recognizes that this happened already in the days of the apostles. The apostles were not shy about distancing the true church from such errors. Confessions are a good way to do this.
Second, our confessions are a useful teaching tool for our own children and young people. A catechism is like a roadmap that gives an overview of the Bible. When you move into a new area, you purchase a map. The map is not infallible - it can contain mistakes. But it is a very helpful overview. Confessions work the same way with the Bible. It keeps you from getting lost as you read scripture.
Third, our confessions make it clear to other churches what we believe and teach. Even churches without confessions have unwritten standards and positions to which they hold about things like baptism or when and how Jesus Christ will return. Is it not far more up front to spell it out on paper?
The confessions are not a straight jacket because they are not exhaustive. There is definitely room for individual understanding and growth within the confessions. The men who cooperated to write them certainly did not agree on everything! They simply united in saying as much as they could, and tried to say no more than they should. Unity is not the same as uniformity.
Our Worship Services
Worship is a constant conversation between us and God. God speaks to us through His word, and we speak to Him in prayer and song. Every element of worship is part of this interactive two way conversation.
Who is welcome to attend?
You are! We invite anyone and everyone to join us for worship! This is God's church, not ours.
What to expect:
Worshipping in a new congregation can be intimidating. We want to make it as easy as possible for you by sharing with you what to expect.
Our worship services are simple as to their structure, and scripture filled. We preach, pray, sing, and read the Bible. We sing only the Psalms in worship, convinced of their relevance, beauty, and depth. The Psalms are the only songs inspired by God that the church on earth will ever have.
Our services are governed by the regulative principle of worship. This means that in worship we give God what He asks for in His Word, plus nothing else. Worship is after all about what God wants, not about what we want! We are blessed and helped the most by worship when we have this focus.
Why do you preach from the catechism rather than the Bible?
It would be better to say we preach scripture as summarized in the catechism. This sermon is really a topical sermon that uses the entire Bible to study one particular theme or topic. These basic themes of scripture are repeatedly relevant, which is why it is good to hear them over and over again.
Our Goals in worship:
To be faithful to scripture & the gospel of Jesus Christ
To focus on the glory of God
To be timeless in our worship style rather than faddish
To be timely in how we communicate to our own culture
Why do you have two services on Sunday?
We believe that the 4th commandment in the 10 commandments, which calls for one day in seven to be holy, is a day of worship. God requires us to rest from our ordinary work and worship. In this way we are fed and recharged for the week that lies ahead.
© 2014 Emmanuel Free-Reformed Church
The Bible is God's inspired infallible word, the final standard for every question of faith and practice.
The three ecumenical creeds are the minimum that it takes to be a Christian Church. In doing so we take our stand along with the world wide church
The Apostle's Creed
The Athanasian Creed
The Nicene Creed
The Three Forms Of Unity summarize what the Bible teaches. These three confessions from the Protestant Reformation are:
The Belgic Confession (1563)
The Heidelberg Catechism (1563)
The Canons of Dordt (1618-1619)
You can read our creeds and confessions on our denominational website: http://www.frcna.org/