The Reformed Presbyterian Church, Hanover is a Bible believing, Bible
preaching church "built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone." We acknowledge
Christ alone as our only Savior, sovereign Lord and Head.
We believe and confess that, "holy men of God spake as they were moved
by the Holy Ghost" so that "All scripture is given by inspiration
of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness." We therefore recognize the Holy Scriptures
of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, infallible and inerrant,
the only rule of faith and life.
We trace our roots and heritage back to the great Protestant Reformation
of the 16th century. We maintain and follow the Biblical truth and principles
proclaimed by the Reformers:
- Scripture Alone - Isaiah 8:20, "To the
law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is
because there is no light in them."
- Grace Alone - Ephesians 2:8-9, "For
by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
- Faith Alone - Galatians 2:16, "Knowing
that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of
Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified
by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works
of the law shall no flesh be justified."
- Christ Alone - John 14:6, "Jesus saith
unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me."
- God's Glory Alone - Romans 11:36, "For
of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for
The primary goal of the Church is the worship of the Triune God that continues
We receive and adhere to the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms
of 1647 as summarizing the historic Christian faith.
We are committed to Reformed theology commonly referred to as Calvinism,
emphasizing the sovereignty of God in creation, providence, and salvation
and the trustworthiness of Scripture. This is Biblical historic Christianity.
We believe that God by His singular care and providence has kept pure in
all ages the original text of Scripture in Hebrew in the Old Testament and
Greek in the New Testament. Therefore we hold to the Reformation text of
Scripture used by the Westminster Assembly, that is the Hebrew Masoretic
Text and the Greek Received Text as true and authentic texts.
We believe in the importance and integrity of the record of creation in
the book of Genesis that God created all things in the space of six ordinary
We seek to uphold the standard of the Lord's Day, the Christian Sabbath.
We place a great importance on the value of corporate worship of the triune
God emphasizing the central role of the faithful preaching and teaching
of the whole counsel of God. We firmly believe in the regulative principle
of worship - only what God commands in the Bible can be done in our worship
of Him. John 4:24, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must
worship him in spirit and in truth." 1 Corinthians 1:21, "For
after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased
God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe."
We hold to Constitutional Presbyterianism which is nothing other than the
Reformation principle of Scripture alone applied to church polity.
The court system of presbytery polity is available when needed but fellowship
is the main emphasis. Essentially, the power of the court is to declare
law rather than legislate. Procedural church discipline is most successful
when achieved privately, locally, patiently, and gently. It should be extremely
rare that a discipline matter comes to presbytery and in such cases there
should be many tears and a sense of profound failure at not resolving the
discipline matter at the local level. The preaching of the Word, the Sacraments,
and the living of the Word should be viewed as the most common form of church
discipline [ as a form of ‘education’]. Church discipline includes the receiving
of members. Church discipline is an exercise of ‘the power of the keys’.
But a "litigious" disposition should be discouraged so that discipline
can be more easily accomplished in a brotherly spirit. Church discipline
is for the glory of God, the good of the church, and the reclaiming of the
The denomination / presbytery holds no real property.
There are no ongoing moderators, boards, committees, or salaried staff at
presbytery level or above.
To maintain the unity of the brethren Psalms alone are sung in the worship
services of presbytery. The local pastor with his session determines the
music for its congregational worship services maintaining a Biblical standard
honoring our triune God.
Hopefully this information will be of service for anyone seeking affiliation
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