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HOW WE WORSHIP
At Lynden Protestant Reformed Church we follow three basic principles of worship. First, that in worship itself we come into the presence of God. When we gather together to worship, we develop and maintain a real relationship with our Lord Himself.
The second principle is known as the Regulative Principle of worship. Basically, we believe that God regulates our worship through the instruction found in His Word, the Bible.
The third principle of worship we follow is known as the Dialogical Principle. In essence, we believe throughout the course of the worship service that God speaks to us face to face and we respond.
The Bible is the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error (II Timothy 3:16). In it, God has revealed Himself to us and tells us all we need to know for salvation. Everything it teaches is to be believed, everything it commands is to be obeyed, and everything it promises is to be trusted (Romans 3:4).
God is a Triune God; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). He is the sovereign Lord of heaven and earth. He created the world and all it contains in six, 24 hour days (Exodus 20:11). The ultimate purpose of Gods creation is the revelation of His glory. He rules over all in heaven and on earth, over the Devil and all the angels (I Chronicles 29:11). God providentially sustains His creation and governs it according to His good pleasure.
God is sovereign in salvation (Hebrews 12:2). Because God is holy and righteous, He punishes every sin. We, who are born dead in sin and are guilty before God, are saved only by His grace (Ephesians 2:1-8). He has chosen a people from eternity to be saved in the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:4,5). He regenerates our hard hearts through the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-8). He gives us faith to believe the gospel (Ephesians 2:9). He continues this saving work by giving us daily the grace to serve Him in all of our life. He preserves us in our salvation (John 10:27-29).
God is a God of love, and demonstrates it through the death of Christ on the cross (Romans 5:8). By suffering and dying on the cross, Jesus endured the eternal punishment which His people deserved. The Son of God in human flesh paid for the sins of His people, arose from the dead, and now reigns in heaven (Romans 4:25).
Jesus is coming again to be the judge of the living and dead (II Timothy 4:1). Those who believe in Him will dwell with Him forever in heaven; and those who do not believe in Him will suffer Gods just and eternal wrath in hell (Revelation 20:11-15).
OUR DENOMINATION OF CHURCHES
The Protestant Reformed Churches in America are a denomination of 31 churches and over 7800 members in the United States and Canada. Founded as a separate denomination of Reformed churches in 1924, the PRC stand in the tradition of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. Their origin as a denomination was the doctrinal controversy over "common grace" within the Christian Reformed Church in the early 1920s, occasioned by that church's adoption of the doctrine of common grace as official church dogma. The result of the controversy was that several ministers with their congregations were put out of the Christian Reformed Church. These men then established the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC) on the basis of the truth of God's sovereign, particular grace in Jesus Christ as taught in Scripture.