Shekinah Church – Our 51st Year

We are a community of Christian believers, who are in association with John Knox Presbyterian Church. We are committed to:

  • The Bible as our only rule of faith and practice. It is inerrant, infallible, inspired by God in its original autographs, and preserved by Him for His people throughout the ages.
  • The Westminster Standards, which include the doctrines of grace, which are known by the acronym T.U.L.I.P
  • The preaching of The Word, the exercise of Church discipline, and the right celebration of the sacraments.

THE FIVE SOLAS OF THE REFORMATION

Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone“) Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Solus Christus(“through Christ alone“) Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Sola gratia (“by grace alone“) Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Sola fide (“by faith alone“) Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Soli Deo gloria (“glory to God alone“) Rev. Koehler’s sermon

T.U.L.I.P

Total Depravity Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Unconditional Election Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Limited Atonement Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Irresistible Grace Rev. Koehler’s sermon

Perseverance of the Saints Rev. Koehler’s sermon

 

WESTMINSTER LARGER CATECHISM QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Agreed upon by the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, with the assistance of commissioners  from the Church of Scotland, as a part of the covenanted uniformity in religion between the Churches of Christ in the kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland and approved Anno 1648, by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, to be a directory for catechising such as have made some proficiency in the knowledge of the grounds of religion, with The Proofs from the Scripture.  Assembly at Edinburgh, July 2, 1648. Sess. 10. Act approving the Larger Catechism.

Question 66
What is that union which the elect have with Christ?
The union which the elect have with Christ is the work of God’ s grace, (Eph. 1:22, Eph. 2:6–7) whereby they are spiritually and mystically, yet really and inseparably, joined to Christ as their head and husband; (1 Cor. 6:17, John 10:28, Eph. 5:23,30) which is done in their effectual calling. (1 Pet. 5:10, 1 Cor. 1:9)

Question 67
What is effectual calling?
Effectual calling is the work of God’ s almighty power and grace, (John 5:25, Eph. 1:18–20, 2 Tim. 1:8–9) whereby (out of his free and special love to his elect, and from nothing in them moving him thereunto) (Tit. 3:4–5, Eph. 2:4–5,7–9, Rom. 9:11) he doth, in his accepted time, invite and draw them to Jesus Christ, by his word and Spirit; (2 Cor. 5:20, 2 Cor. 6:1–2, John 6:44, 2 Thess. 2:13–14) savingly enlightening their minds, (Acts 26:18, 1 Cor. 2:10,12) renewing and powerfully determining their wills, (Ezek. 11:19, Ezek. 36:26–27, John 6:45) so as they (although in themselves dead in sin) are hereby made willing and able freely to answer his call, and to accept and embrace the grace offered and conveyed therein. (Eph. 2:5, Phil. 2:13, Deut. 30:6)

Question 68
Are the elect only effectually called?
All the elect, and they only, are effectually called: (Acts 13:48) although others may be, and often are, outwardly called by the ministry of the word, (Matt. 22:14) and have some common operations of the Spirit; (Matt. 7:22, Matt. 13:20–21, Heb. 6:4–6) who, for their willful neglect and contempt of the grace offered to them, being justly left in their unbelief, do never truly come to Jesus Christ. (John 12:38–40, Acts 28:25–27, John 6:64–65, Ps. 81:11–12)

Question 69
What is the communion in grace which the members of the invisible church have with Christ?
The communion in grace which the members of the invisible church have with Christ, is their partaking of the virtue of his mediation, in their justification, (Rom. 8:30) adoption, (Eph. 1:5) sanctification, and whatever else, in this life, manifests their union with him. (1 Cor. 1:30)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Apostles’ Creed

The basic creed of Reformed churches, as most familiarly known, is called the Apostles’ Creed. It has received this title because of its great antiquity; it dates from very early times in the Church, a half century or so from the last writings of the New Testament

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;

He descended into hell. [See Calvin]

The third day He arose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

Amen.