VALLEY REFORMED CHURCH
Savoring God through literacy in His literal Word
We live in troubled times both for the world and for the church at large. The United States has become a place of money motivated, power hungry and self seeking people. Unfortunately, it is becoming harder and harder to tell the difference between the people of the world and the people in our churches who call themselves the people of God.
Many of today’s churches (obviously not entirely made up of members of the Body of Christ) have “watered” down the gospel message of sin, repentance, and faith and have traded it for a “free ticket” to heaven based on how much God loves you. The Bible says that God loves his elect. At our Church, we still preach that all men are sinners, born into sin and that the natural man remains under the wrath of God and that when God calls a man to repentance, his heart is changed, he becomes a new creation and is seen as righteous through the blood of Jesus. We don’t try to move men by appealing to their emotions, since emotions come and go as do roughly 90% of today’s converts. We preach the gospel and teach that all whom God has chosen will come to salvation through Christ and will be kept through Christ. We believe that Salvation is by faith, and that faith is a gift of God by his mercy and grace and the proof that you have it, is that you do the will of God. Many today claim that they are Christians because they have prayed the “sinners prayer”, were baptized, or were born in the church, but Jesus said: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name? And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” Matthew 7:21-23 Many today respond to an emotional “alter call” (no examples of which are found in the Bible) or to a promise of the “good life”. Christ promised that we would have to forsake all to follow Him and that we will suffer persecution. Hardly sounds like the “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life” pitch.
At our church, we teach and believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is profitable for doctrine, correction and instruction in righteousness and thereby is conforming us into the image of his Son.
One of the greatest problems of our day is that there are few men who are Godly men; few Godly fathers, few Godly husbands and few Godly men leading in the church. It is our goal to raise up and train men to be the spiritual leaders in their homes, Godly in the workplace and spiritual leaders in the church. We want men who lead by example. Our goal is also to raise up Godly women who manage their homes in a spiritual way, supporting their husband and children in their obedience to Christ.
We believe that the purpose of the Church Body is to support one another, strengthen and encourage one another in honesty, and to be conformed into the image of Christ. We place this effort as a priority above concerted outreach, because a sick body will not be used by God to draw his elect. When the body is healthy, the Lord will add to his church, daily, those who are being saved.
Our Lord’s Day worship service is designed to bring us to meet with God. We gather to worship Him, find joy in the meeting and leave to glorify Him in all we do and say throughout the week.
We are not legalistic in any way, but are very Biblical. We have no book of “church rules”, but if Scripture says it; we apply it, no matter how unpopular it might be. The church of today has become enculturated and infected with cheap grace in an effort to gain membership. We believe that little is much, when God is in it.
Please join us as we seek to SAVOR GOD THROUGH LITERACY IN HIS LITERAL WORD.
Bob Martin, teaching elder