Hope Protestant Reformed Church of Redlands, CA was organized as a congregation in 1932. We have been worshiping in our present sanctuary at 1307 E. Brockton Ave since Thanksgiving Day 1983.
We believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired, written Word of God, consisting of sixty six canonical books in both the Old and New Testament. Because God the Holy Spirit is the author of Scripture, it is infallible and trustworthy (II Tim. 3:16, II Pet. 1:20-21). We use the King James (Authorized) Version because we believe it is the most faithful English translation.
We believe that the triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Matt. 28:19) is a God of eternal covenant fellowship in Himself and has eternally purposed to realize His own covenant life outside of Himself in a covenant of grace. The covenant of grace is the relationship of friendship that God unconditionally and unilaterally establishes with His people, elect believers and their spiritual seed, in the line of generations (Gen. 17:7, Rom. 9), through the Head and Mediator of the covenant, His incarnate Son Jesus Christ (Ps. 89:20-29, Heb. 12:24). The goal of all things is God’s own glory and the exaltation of Jesus Christ through the consummation of this covenant in heaven, where the tabernacle of God shall be with men (Rev. 21:3).
We believe that Almighty God created all things in heaven and on earth in six literal, successive days as He says in His Word (Gen. 1-3, Ex. 20:11) and now upholds and governs all things by His providence (Neh. 9:6, Rom 11:36).
We believe that all mankind is fallen in Adam (Rom. 5:12) and is by nature dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). Through His death and resurrection, Jesus satisfied divine justice and earned all the blessings of salvation for His people (Rom. 8:3, 32-33). By His irresistible grace (Eph. 2:1-10) and according to His eternal decree of predestination (Eph. 1:3-5), God sovereignly quickens His people by sending forth the Holy Spirit into their hearts (John 3:3-8) to apply unto them that which Christ merited. We conclude: salvation is in Christ Jesus alone (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Thus to all comes the command: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved (Acts 16:31)!”
We believe the church is the universal body of Jesus Christ, chosen from all eternity, and gathered out of all nations, tribes, and tongues (Rev. 7:9). Christ’s church comes to manifestation on this earth in visible congregations throughout the world (I Cor. 1:2) where there is the preaching of the pure gospel (I Cor. 1:18-21), the pure administration of the sacraments (Matt. 28:19, I Cor. 11:23-29), and the proper administration of church discipline (Matt. 18:15-18, I Cor. 5). Everyone is obligated join a true church, for the Lord adds to the church daily such as should be saved (Acts 2:47).
We believe that Jesus Christ will come again personally, bodily, and visibly with the clouds (Rev. 1:7), and as all the signs indicate, soon (Matt. 24, II Thess. 2, II Tim. 3). He will raise (John 5:28-29) and judge (II Cor. 5:10) all men. The wicked shall receive everlasting condemnation, and the righteous shall inherit everlasting life (Dan. 12:2). Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Rev. 22:20)!
We believe the word of God in the fourth commandment requires that we observe one day in seven, Sunday, the Lord’s Day, by diligently frequenting the church of God to hear His Word, to use the sacraments, publicly to call upon the Lord, and to contribute to the relief of the poor as becomes a Christian.
Our worship is regulated according to God’s will revealed in the Bible. Our worship is sincerely reverent and solemn. Our worship is, in Spirit and in truth, profoundly joyful. At the heart of our worship service is the lively preaching of the holy gospel which is the chief means by which God bestows His powerful saving grace upon His people (Rom. 1:16, I Cor. 1:18-21). Walking in the old paths of the church of all ages, we sing the psalms.
Saved by the blood of Jesus and incorporated into God’s covenant, our children join us in the worship of our Savior throughout the entire service including the sermon (Matt. 21:16, Mark 10:13-16).
As the occasion arises in the worship services, the sacrament of baptism is faithfully administered to the children of believers, and to adult converts who confess their faith. The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, carefully guarded by the elders against any unworthy partakers (Matt. 16:19, I Cor. 11:27-29), is faithfully administered.
In addition to our weekly worship services, we gather for special worship services throughout the year: Christmas, Good Friday, Easter (Sunday), Ascension Day, Pentecost (Sunday), Prayer Day, Thanksgiving, and Old and New Year’s Day.
We worship twice each Lord’s Day: at 10:00 a.m., and 6:00 p.m. We warmly welcome you to join us!
Our Church Life
Redeemed by sovereign grace, we are motivated to a life of service in thankfulness for our salvation. We live antithetically (II Cor. 6:14-18) and for God’s glory (I Cor. 10:31) at home, at church, at school, in the workplace, and in all of our relationships.
Weekly catechism classes are held. In these classes the youth of the church are instructed in the history and doctrine of God’s Word. We have several Bible studies for adults of all ages, a church history class for the young people, and during the summer months we hold Sunday School classes for the younger children after the morning worship service.
Convicted of our covenantal calling to rear our children, the members of the congregation have joined together to form a Protestant Reformed K-9 grade school. This school is not parochial (church-run), but parental. We believe it is important that our children be taught all the subjects of learning from a distinctively Reformed, even Protestant Reformed perspective.
Hope Protestant Reformed Church is one of more than 30 congregations in the United States and Canada that make up the denomination of churches called the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. As a denomination of churches, we trace our origin back to 1924. The PRCA was founded by three ministers and their consistories who were deposed from the Christian Reformed Church for opposing the doctrinal error called “The Three Points of Common Grace.” As we are today, our forefathers were steadfastly determined to uphold the biblical and creedal truth that the grace of God is not common to all, but particular (to His elect) and sovereign (efficaciously saving all those to whom it comes). Beyond 1924, we trace our lineage back to the great Reformation of the 16th century which was led by men like Martin Luther and John Calvin, and then all the way back to the apostles and Christ Jesus.
Being Reformed, we believe, promote, and defend the truth of Scripture as summarized in the Three Forms of Unity: The Belgic Confession, The Heidelberg Catechism, and The Canons of Dordt. Additionally our church life is governed by the Church Order of Dordt (1618-1619) so that all things may be done decently and in good order (I Cor. 14:40).
Our denomination maintains a theological school for the training of ministers of the gospel so that faithful men shall be able to teach others also (II Tim. 2:2). The Protestant Reformed Seminary, in which all of our pastors have been trained, is located in Grandville, MI.
Convicted that the gospel must be proclaimed to every creature under heaven (Mark 10:15) the Protestant Reformed churches zealously engage in mission work. In addition to the evangelistic efforts of the individual congregations (some of whom have work in places like India and Myanmar), the churches in common maintain two full-time foreign missionaries whose labors are centered in Manila, the Philippines, and a home missionary stationed in Pittsburg, PA. We also have a sister church in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, and in Singapore. We have a corresponding relationship with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia.
The Protestant Reformed Churches emphasize the autonomy of each congregation as a self-governing body and as a manifestation of the church of Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, we reject independentism and honor the authority of the broader assemblies. We hold to the Presbyterian form of church government. The churches are divided into two regional Classes that meet 2-3 times a year. Each church sends two delegates to the meeting of Classis. Then representatives from each Classis meet annually for Synod in June.
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