Beliefs

As a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, we refer you to our denominational website for resources regarding our beliefs. Click on the words, “Good News”, for a summary of our beliefs as a congregation. If you want to discuss anything about our beliefs, please contact our pastor or one of the other elders.


Here is a link to the Westminster Confession, the Westminster Shorter Catechism and the Westminster Larger Catechism. Click on the words, Westminster Confession, where you will find a more complete statement of our beliefs.

For an online graphical and textual presentation of the good news revealed in the Bible, click on the word “English” below:

English

If you have questions about the Christian faith, or about the beliefs of RRPC, please feel free to speak to the Teaching Elder or to one of the Ruling Elders. They will be glad to discuss these matters with you, and to commend you to faith in Christ the Redeemer. Our desire is that this would be a church where Christ the Redeemer grows faith and builds His family.

SOME THOUGHTS ON WEEKLY WORSHIP TOGETHER AS A CONGREGATION, EACH SUNDAY, THE LORD’S DAY: “In the New Testament, the resurrected Jesus first appeared to his gathered disciples on Sunday. A week later he gathered with them again, also on the first day of the week (cf. John 20:19 & 26). This set a pattern for the meeting of Christians with each other and the Lord. This pattern of Sunday worship was propagated by the apostles, as we see in Acts 20:7 “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked…” They met to hear God’s Word taught and to partake of the Lord’s Supper on Sunday. It’s unsurprising, then, that the apostle Paul told Christians concerning the collection for the saints: “On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come” (1 Cor 16:2). Why the first day of the week? Because he knew they would be together in worship. Hence, the Christian church throughout history has ordinarily met together on Sunday (except for Seventh-Day Adventists, Seventh-Day Baptists, and some Messianic Jews, for instance). The transition to Sunday as the day of public worship began in the days of the apostles and was taught by the early church. For example: 1) The Didache [A.D. 70] says “But every Lord’s day [Sunday]… gather yourselves together and break bread, and give thanksgiving after having confessed your transgressions…” 2) The Letter of Barnabas: “We keep the eighth day [Sunday] with joyfulness, the day also on which Jesus rose again from the dead” (Letter of Barnabas 15:6–8 [A.D. 74]). 3) Ignatius of Antioch “Those who were brought up in the ancient order of things [i.e. Jews] have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord’s day, on which also our life has sprung up again by him and by his death” (Letter to the Magnesians 8 [A.D. 110]). 4) Justin Martyr: “On the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together in one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read … Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Savior on the same day rose from the dead” (Justin Martyr, First Apology, 67; [A.D. 150]). Sunday is often called the Lord’s Day, after the apostle John’s description of it in Revelation 1:10 (I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day…), and it is the Christian Sabbath.” (Reprinted by permission from Teaching Elder Ted Wenger, Presbyterian Church in America).