• Reformation Sunday

    Posted Oct 28th, 2011 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    For a church to not have a Reformation Service or reminder of the Reformation on October 31 is like the United States not celebrating Independence Day on July 4th. Granted, there is no divine mandate, “thou shalt celebrate Independence Day.” It does, however, seem like a pretty good idea for a nation to pass on …

  • The Sacraments, part 5

    Posted Oct 20th, 2011 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments The Sacraments, part 5

    As we noted last week, baptism is a means God uses to bring about the salvation of his church (1 Pet. 3:21), even though regeneration and the benefits of salvation are not necessarily tied to the moment of baptism. But how is baptism to be done? Is there a specific formula that must be followed …

  • The Sacraments, part 4

    Posted Oct 14th, 2011 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments The Sacraments, part 4

    Those who have come out the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, and Anglican communions are sometimes caught off guard when they read the language used by the Reformed church to describe holy Baptism. In fact, it is not a stretch to say that many—even ministers—in the Reformed church are not really reformed in their theology of …

  • More Campout Info

    Posted Oct 9th, 2011 By in Cadets Blog With | 1 Comment

    OK Campers, I have some more information for you. Fist off, we need all camping cadets to have parental waivers signed. Just click on this link, print out the form, and please bring it filled out to Cadets Wednesday night. (We will also have some blanks in case you,  forget) Also, you should know that …

  • The Sacraments, part 3

    Posted Oct 8th, 2011 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments The Sacraments, part 3

    In 1643, prior to the drafting of the Westminster Confession of Faith and Shorter and Larger Catechisms the Westminster Divines (theologians/students of divinity) penned a Directory for Public Worship. It would be completed in early 1645. The principal reason for it was to “find a mean between a completely fixed liturgy and a form of …

  • Fall Campout

    Posted Oct 6th, 2011 By in Cadets Blog With | 9 Comments

    The Fall Campout is upon us! I apologize for the late notice, but this Fall just seems to be happening faster than previous years. We have three sites reserved at Fry Creek Campground (it’s on the way to the Palomar Observatory, just a couple miles earlier, on the left) for Friday night 10/14. That’s room …

  • The Sacraments, part 2

    Posted Oct 6th, 2011 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments The Sacraments, part 2

    Following the practice of the early church who devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers (Acts 2.42), the reformers likewise insisted on the necessity of the church to be based on a ministry of Word and Sacrament. If the church’s vocation is making …

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