Shekinah Church – Our 52nd 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.


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


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



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 161
How do the sacraments become effectual means of salvation?
The sacraments become effectual means of salvation, not by any power in themselves, or any virtue derived from the piety or intention of him by whom they are administered, but only by the working of the Holy Ghost, and the blessing of Christ, by whom they are instituted. (1 Pet. 3:21, Acts 8:13,23, 1 Cor. 3:6–7, 1 Cor. 12:13)

Question 162
What is a sacrament?
A sacrament is an holy ordinance instituted by Christ in his church, (Gen. 17:7,10, Exod. 12 (containing the institution of the passover), Matt. 28:19, Matt. 26:26–28) to signify, seal, and exhibit (Rom. 4:11, 1 Cor. 11:24–25) unto those that are within the covenant of grace, (Rom. 15:8, Exod. 12:48) the benefits of his mediation; (Acts 2:38, 1 Cor. 10:16) to strengthen and increase their faith, and all other graces; (Rom. 4:11, Gal. 3:27) to oblige them to obedience; (Rom. 6:3–4, 1 Cor. 10:21) to testify and cherish their love and communion one with another; (Eph. 4:2–5, 1 Cor. 12:13) and to distinguish them from those that are without. (Eph. 2:11–12, Gen. 34:14)

Question 163
What are the parts of the sacrament?
The parts of the sacrament are two; the one an outward and sensible sign, used according to Christ’ s own appointment; the other an inward and spiritual grace thereby signified. (Matt. 3:11, 1 Pet. 3:21, Rom. 2:28–29)

Question 164
How many sacraments hath Christ instituted in his church under the New Testament?
Under the New Testament Christ hath instituted in his church only two sacraments, baptism and the Lord’ s supper. (Matt. 28:19, 1 Cor. 11:20,23, Matt. 26:26,27,28)


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.