How We Worship/Serve God
We at Rehoboth Reformed Church gather to worship the Triune God every Lord’s Day in accordance with the New Testament practice. The central elements of worship are the reading and preaching of God’s Word. The prayers, hymns and praise offerings of the congregation are necessary and appropriate responses to reading and preaching of God’s Holy Word.
Scripture teaches that God seeks those who worship Him in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23-24). Accordingly, we are called to worship God in an orderly manner, “with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” (Heb 12:28-29). Worship is to be carried out according to God’s covenant commandments and not according to the commandments or traditions of men. (Mark 7:7; Deut 4:23-24).
Marks of the Church
We seek by the grace of God to uphold the marks of a true Church. These marks are summarized as follows: The proper preaching and teaching of the Word of God (Gal 1:8-9; 1 Tim 3:15); the proper administration of the sacraments (Acts 19:3-5; 1 Cor 11:20-29), and the faithful exercise of Christian discipline ( Matt 18:15-17; 1 Cor 5:4-5, 1 Cor 5:13; 2 Thes 3:6, 2 Thes 3:14; Titus 3:10.).
The Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are seen as secondary but necessary physical symbols of God’s grace in Christ (Matt 28:18-20; Acts 2:37-41.) Baptism is a sign of God’s covenant and is properly administered to those who come to faith in Christ as well as to their covenant children. The proper recipients of the Lord’s Supper are members of the Church who have made a public profession of their faith in Christ (I Cor 11:23-30.)
All Christians are called on to join in the membership and fellowship of a true Church. The local church consists of Christian believers and their children. The members of Rehoboth Reformed Church hold to the classic formulations of Reformed Theology which came out of the Reformation period: The Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession of Faith, and Canons of Dort (or The Three Forms of Unity.)
The biblical model of church government requires that the church is to be nurtured and governed by the New Testament offices of Pastors, Elders and Deacons.
We strive to pass down to our children “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Covenantal training by parents, and through Discipleship Training classes (Sunday School) and Catechism classes prepare our youth for public profession of faith and equip them for a life of service to God.
In addition to growing in our own understanding of the faith, the Scriptures exhort us to spread the Gospel news and call the lost to Christ. This we do in prayerful and confident expectation that God will be pleased to call many to faith in His dear Son through the ministry of Rehoboth Reformed Church.
We labor to counsel, comfort, and edify believers by God’s Word and Spirit so their lives are conformed to the will of God, and out of thankfulness serve Him in His kingdom until Christ returns.
The Biblical notion of covenant theology, as interpreted by the historic Reformed tradition, provides us with a solid theological basis from which to discuss marriage, family, children and other personal relationships within the church.