…we promote the Bible doctrines of sovereign grace, a particular way of understanding salvation, giving all of the glory to God. T.U.L.I.P. … the Pauline, Augustinian, Calvinistic answer to Pelagianism / Arminianism. The God-focused (self-doubting) faith and life from which these doctrines spring.
…we promote the presbyterian form of church government, a particular way of organizing in the church of Jesus. God is sovereign over the church; Christ is building it; the Holy Spirit sets the standards by His word. A plurality of qualified elders leads together in our local congregation, then congregations network together in presbyteries and synods for unity, accountability, and the wider work.
…we promote the Biblical view of sacraments, a particular way of waiting upon God for His means of grace. How many sacraments are there, what is their value, and who gets to answer these questions? Baptism: for believers and their children; a promise & pledge; water quantity is not the primary issue. Lord’s Supper: for believers who can self-examine; a sign & a seal; Jesus is spiritually present.
…we promote God-regulated worship, a particular way of looking unto God, the only acceptable “worship-Leader.” Old Testament worship entailed doing everything according to the pattern I showed you on the mountain. New Testament worship is fulfilled, beautified, and simplified ~ given through the Lamb of God revealed. Our worship today involves the Bible read and preached, Psalms sung through redeemed instruments, sacraments, & the prayers.
… we promote the crown rights of King Jesus and His mediatorial kingship, a particular way of looking at the world as it is, as it should be, and as it will be. Why did Jesus die? What did He come to do? Why is He waiting? What is He reconciling? The implications of His kingship for the world we live in today (from the personal to the universal).
… we promote the covenants of Christ, reflecting His faithfulness through all ages, a particular way of looking at God’s approach to man and the response He desires. The major Biblical covenants: works/life and grace [Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, and New]. Why we were and still are called Covenanters: our historic struggles, commitments, and deposits. What is covenant theology? Agreements divine and human, old yet ever new, and the great overarching theme of God’s word.