What Makes Pilgrims Reformed Baptist Church Distinct?
If you’ve been in Valley City for any length of time, you have noticed that there are many churches here. What is the reasoning for starting another? Here are five things, which, when taken together, make Pilgrims Reformed Baptist Church distinct:
- We are a Doctrinal Church Every church has a set of beliefs they hold to be true. We believe that every church’s spoken or unspoken beliefs are its doctrines. Doctrines are simply convictions we hold about the truth of the Bible. Paul once told his young disciple Timothy, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Tim. 4:16). According to Paul correct belief is a matter of life and death! Therefore, Pilgrims Reformed Baptist Church is a self-confessedly doctrinal church. We want to be a church that is known for what we believe.
- We are a Confessional Church Since Pilgrims is a doctrinal church, we also want to confess what we believe to be true.The importance of confessing our faith is stressed many times over in the New Testament. Jesus said that “everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 10:32). Although every man-made confession of faith is subservient to Scripture, Pilgrims Reformed Baptist Church holds to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (1689) in its entirety as the best representation of what the Scriptures teach. You can read that document here.
- We are a Reformed Church The Protestant Reformation sparked a spiritual revival in its recovery of the gospel. Five truths have come to summarize this recovery. These truths are called the “five solas” of the Reformation. They are: 1) Scripture alone 2) Faith alone 3) Christ alone 4) Grace alone and 5) the Glory of God alone. For an explanation of each of the five solas, click here. Ultimately, everything comes back to God and his glory (Ps. 115:1). Therefore, we place a high emphasis on the sovereignty of God in the salvation of sinners. Reformed theology also understands that God always relates to man in terms of covenant. Just like every building needs an internal support structure, at Pilgrims we believe the Bible has its own support structure—covenant theology.
- We are a Baptist Church We believe that the Bible explicitly teaches that we should only baptize those who have made a profession of faith in Jesus and desire to be his disciples (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:38, 41). Because there is no explicit precept or example of an infant being baptized in Scripture, we do not baptize them. Only true spiritual seed of Abraham who are Christ’s by faith should partake of this sacrament.
- We are a Worshiping Church According to the Bible, we become like what we worship (Psalm 115:8). At Pilgrims, we seek to faithfully implement our beliefs about God into the way we worship him so that we can become like him. We believe that it is not our own personal desires that should drive our worship, but rather how God has told us to worship him in his word. We seek to do this by praying, singing, reading, and preaching the Bible.