Approach to Ministry

Approach to Ministry

I.  Bible as Central; Simple Ministry of the Word, without Children’s and Youth Programs

Romans 10:17; Ephesians 6:17; 1 Peter 1:22-25; 2:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 3:1-2, 14-18; Hebrews 5:11-14

II.  Regulative Principle; Solemn and Joyful Worship, not Frivolous

Leviticus 10; Isaiah 6; Malachi 1:6-14; 1 Corinthians 11-14

Recommended Sermon:  The Audacity of Obedience: Why We Sing Psalms

III.  Husband as Head

Ephesians 5:22-33; 1 Corinthians 11:1-3

IV.  Godly Families

Ephesians 5:22-6:9; Colossians 3:18-4:1; 1 Peter 3:1-7

V.  Qualified Men as Elders and Deacons; Qualifications from Pastoral Epistles, not Programs; No Democracy and Committees

1 Timothy 1-6, 2 Timothy 1-4; Titus 1-3; 1 Peter 5:1-5

VI.  No denominations and highly paid executives

1 Timothy 1-6, 2 Timothy 1-4; Titus 1-3; 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19

VII.  Encouraging Righteousness among Members; Service to One Another, and Tithing, not Sports and Hobbies as Church Meetings

Hebrews 6:9-12; 10:32-34; 12:14-17; 1 Peter 4:11; 2 Peter 1:1-11

VIII.  Reformed Theology as Embodied in LBC of 1689, Westminster Confession, and Belgic Confession

IX.  Reading of Calvin, the Puritans, and Church Fathers above Modern Authors

X.  Doctrines of the Gospel of Grace (TULIP, unequivocally including Limited Atonement)

XI.  Covenant Theology or Gospel in the Old Testament

Luke 24:25-27; Galatians 3:6-14; 1 Peter 1:10-12

XII.  Five Solas of the Reformation: sola scriptura, sola gratia, sola fide, solus christus, soli deo glori

XIII.  Believer’s Baptism

John 3:23; Acts 8:36-40; 16:34

XIX.  Greatest Commandments, Ten Commandments, and Progressive Sanctification

Mark 12:28-34; Exodus 20:1-17; 1 Corinthians 9:21; Romans 6:1-23; 2 Peter 1:1-11; 1 John 2:3-6

XX.  Orthodoxy and Heresy; Naming Heresies and Heretics (like Liberalism, Prosperity Gospel, Marxist Liberation Theology, New Calvinism)

2 Timothy 1:15-18; 2:16-18; 3:8; 4:9-16; Revelation 2:6, 15, 20

Recommended Sermon:  Watch Out!

XXI.  Contrastive Instructional Method

Matthew 7:13-29; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Hebrews 5:11-14; 1 John 1:5-10

XXII.  Teaching of Whole Counsel of God, whether Easy or Hard Teachings

Acts 20:26-27; 2 Peter 3:14-18

XXIII.  No False Dichotomies of Essential and Nonessential Doctrines

Matthew 5:17-20; 24:35; John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 3:1-2; James 2:10

XXIV.  True Love and Grace

2 Corinthians 11:7-11, 20-30; Galatians 4:16

XXV.  Imprecations for Justice

Luke 18:1-8; James 5:1-6; 5:16-18; Revelation 6:9-11; 16:4-7

XXVI.  Missions, Evangelism, and Apologetics Ought to Cite Scripture Profusely

Matthew 28:16-20; Romans 10:14-17; Acts 17:2-3; 18:24-28

XXVII.  Rejection of Social Justice, Marxism, Anti-Americanism

We denounce the false, different gospel (Galatians 1:6-10) being promulgated in Christianity known by many names, including: social justice, socialism, communism, Marxism, critical race theory, racial reconciliation, white privilege, intersectionality, feminism, and liberation theology. These are destructive heresies (2 Peter 2) contrary to Scripture and they subvert a peaceful, American society where Christians may freely preach the true Gospel (1 Timothy 2:1-7).

Our church is Reformed in the original sense of the term in the 1500 to 1600s. We reject the heretical beliefs of most of the Reformed and Calvinistic churches today, especially those in the Southern Baptist Convention, the Presbyterian Church in America, and the teachings of Timothy Keller, D.A. Carson, Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, John Piper, David Platt, Mark Dever and numerous others.

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CRC Shawnee rejects the social justice movement. Click here to learn why.

To learn why we reject the social justice movement see our statement in our approach to ministry.  We especially recommend listening to the lessons provided on the topic.