Why the Name?

When the core group first settled on the name Pilgrims Reformed Baptist Church, we desired to say something about who we are as a church. In other words, what is our identity?

We are Pilgrims because…

  1. The Bible calls Christians pilgrims, strangers, aliens and exiles. The Christian’s final destination is the heavenly city whose builder and maker is God, the New Jerusalem.
  2. Life in this world is often full of suffering, pain, and sorrow. But God’s glory is experienced in the struggles of this life as we journey toward our heavenly homeland, where our tears will be turned into joy.
  3. The affluence of modern society promises a life free of sorrow and pain, a promise it cannot keep. Our hope as pilgrims is not for our best life now, but to eagerly await the coming of Jesus and his blessed kingdom.

We are Reformed because…

  1. The Bible alone is the only standard of truth, sufficient for everything a pilgrim needs for faith and godliness. The Bible declares that we are saved by God’s grace alone, through Christ’s work alone. The Bible declares that we are saved by faith alone in Christ, not by our works. And the Bible says that God created and redeems the world for his glory.
  2. The Bible teaches that salvation is a gift of God given to sinners. It is God’s sovereign grace that initiates, establishes, and perseveres a pilgrim to the end of their journey.
  3. All of God’s dealings with man are based upon covenants. Just as every book needs a strong binding, God’s covenant is the “binding” of our Christian life.

We are Baptist because…

  1. We subscribe to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (1689) in its entirety as the most faithful representation of Scripture’s teaching.
  2. We believe that only those who profess faith in Jesus Christ and desire to walk inholiness as his disciples ought to be baptized.
  3. In the Bible, baptism was done by immersion in water. Immersion pictures the believer’s death to sin and his resurrection to new life in Christ.

We are a Church because…

  1. We are called out of this world by God and placed into a local body of believers.
  2. “Church” is the Bible’s designation of a local body of believers gathered in a particular place.
  3. The church is the body of Christ. We cannot be joined to Christ by faith, and neglect his people.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Five Solas

Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone: We teach that the Bible alone is our final authority for faith and life. While God has revealed Himself in nature, it is in the Bible alone that we learn who He is, what He has done for us in Christ, and what His will is for our lives. The […]