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Introduction

INTRODUCING PROVIDENCE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
WHO ARE WE?


A Church!

The first and most foundational statement about our identity is that we are a local Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus came to build his Church (Matt. 16:18). As a husband loves his bride, so Jesus loves his Church and gave himself for her (Eph. 5:25). This is why Jesus is appropriately the Head and Savior of the Church (Col. 1:18). Therefore, we who have been baptized into Christ, weekly partake in the Lord's Table and trust in Him for the forgiveness of sins, joyfully submit to Jesus Christ as the Lord of the Church.

A Reformed Church!

To say that we are a Reformed Church is an abbreviated way of saying that we are "Reformed according to the Word of God." This means that we are a Church that seeks continually to reform our beliefs and practices so that they might be securely anchored in the authoritative standard of the Word of God, the Bible (Heb. 6:10). We locate ourselves within the mainstream of historic Christianity and firmly believe, confess and teach the orthodox Christian faith as summarized in the Nicene and Apostles' Creed. Carrying forward the Reformation tradition, we subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, which contain a more detailed expression of what the Bible teaches about God, man, this life and the life to come. If you would like to know more about why and how we use creeds and confessions, read Pastor Meyers's booklet In Whom Do you Trust: An Explanation of and Apology for the Use of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds in Worship.

A Reformed Presbyterian Church!

The word Presbyterain is derived from the New Testament word that means "elders" (Acts 14:23). We are a church that is governed by the service of Ministers and Ruling Elders. These men are recognized by the members of the Church as those who have been called by the Holy Spirit to lead and care for the Church, both at the local and regional levels. You can learn more about our form of church government by reading chapter 31 of the Westminster Confession of Faith or by consulting the Book of Church Order for the Presbyterian Church in America. If you are apprehensive about "belonging" to a church, read this short article "Do I have to go to church?" by Pastor Mark Horne and learn why there is no Christianity without the Church.

Where Do We Meet?

Our church is located at 9124 Sappington Road, at the intersection of Sappington and Eddie and Park roads. For more information and directions to the church you can find a map here.

Opportunities for Service

The Lord's Day Service

On Sunday the Triune God himself graciously gathers us together in order to serve us. For this reason, Sunday must be central in the life of our congregation. On this day, we are cleansed from sin, renewed in our faith and trust in Jesus, instructed by his Word, and strengthened as a community at the Table for sacrificial living in his kingdom. Every week the congregation takes full advantage of every good gift the Lord himself desires to give us on this day. We receive the gifts of the ministry of the Word and Sacrament in the Morning Service. For a fuller explanation of our "covenant renewal" liturgy see Pastor Meyers's booklet The LORD's Service. Afterwards we sit under Bible teaching in Sunday School as children and adults. In the afternoon we rest from our normal six-day work. Finally, we conclude the day by returning in the evening for a more intimate meeting of praise, prayer, Bible teaching, and fellowship.

Weekday Meetings

Throughout the week there are opportunities for growth and service. Home Bible studies meet at various places around St. Louis. On Wednesday evenings a group meets for prayer at the church and the church choir also holds its weekly practice sessions. In addition to these regular events, the Women in the Church (WIC) and the Men of the Covenant (MOC) meet periodically for fellowship, study, and prayer.

Missions & Service

Jesus said, "Go into the world and make disciples of all the nations." Each member of the church participates in this mission when he faithfully serves Christ in his weekly vocation. In addition to the witness of labor done to the glory of God, there are numerous opportunities at Providence to pray for, support, and participate in evangelistic mission works such as Vacation Bible School and short term foreign missions projects.





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