On this Reformation Sunday, October 30th, it is good to be reminded of our historical faith. We, as Presbyterians, hold fast to the central beliefs of all Christians including the mystery of the Trinity and the incarnation of the Word of God in Jesus Christ. We also believe the affirmations of the Protestant Reformation that justification comes by grace alone through faith, and that Scripture is the final authority for salvation and the life of faith. And, as apart of the Reformed Tradition, we emphasize the sovereignty of God; God’s choosing (election) of people for salvation and service; the covenant life of the church, ordering itself according to the Word of God; faithful stewardship of God’s creation; the sin of idolatry; and obedience to the Word of God, which directs us to work for justice in the transformation of society.
The great ends (or goals) of the church are:
- The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind;
- The shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God;
- The maintenance of divine worship;
- The preservation of the truth;
- The promotion of social righteousness; and
- The exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.
I believe that the faith we’ve inherited is being faithfully passed along in our day and time as we look to implement the Values and Vision Statements of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church. These foundational stones of our Reformed heritage are what we are building on today. To remove them would mean disaster and not to build upon them would be unfaithful. We are the church reformed, always to be reformed according to the Word of God in the power of the Spirit.
With God’s help, may we continue to offer a faithful witness through the worship of God and the mission outreach of St. Andrews- Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Robert H. Lapp