About Westminster Chapel
Our core commitments are well summarized by the ecumenical creeds, the five great “Solas” of the Reformation, the Reformed and Protestant Confessions, the celebration of the Sacraments and the Fundamentals of the Faith.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, who came to earth to live a sinless life and die a substitutionary death on behalf of God’s people. We believe that He rose from the grave on the third day and ascended to the right hand of God the Father, where He presently reigns over all things and is the Advocate for His redeemed flock. We believe He will come again in glory to judge all men.
It is our fervent desire that Christ should be exalted in all that we do as a church and especially in our worship. To this end, Christ is praised in our worship in prayer, song, and confession, and the preaching of the Bible reveals how all of Scripture teaches us about Him (Luke 24:27, 44).
We believe all men are born with sinful natures and therefore commit actual sins, which is rebellion against the just rule of God. Therefore, every man deserves God’s wrath. We have no hope except in God’s sovereign mercy. We are saved only because God graciously decided to bring us to Himself.
Because God has made this truth known to us through His Word, the Bible, we spend time in our worship confessing our sins, receiving God’s assurance of pardon, and exalting Him for the great salvation He has bestowed upon us through Christ.
We believe salvation occurs by faith in the sinless life and substitutionary death of Jesus Christ. The Scriptures say we are naturally “dead in our trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1). Therefore, we are unable to save ourselves or contribute to our salvation in any way. In His mercy, God regenerates our hearts and gives us the gift of faith (Eph. 2:8), by which we believe on Christ.
We rejoice to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed, and we employ the ordinary means of grace—reading and study of the Bible, prayer, fellowship, and worship, with special emphasis on the preaching of the Word and the celebration of the sacraments—that our faith might be strengthened.
We regard the Bible as the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and infallible in the original manuscripts. It is our only rule of faith and life, our sole authority as to what we are to believe in regard to the true faith and how we are to live.
Because we trust the Bible in this way, it finds extensive use in our congregational life. We read it and confess it in our worship services. It is preached from the pulpit. It is taught in weekly Sunday school classes and Bible studies. We read, study, and memorize it on our own. We teach it to our children. In all these ways, we strive together to learn the truths of God’s Word and the Christian faith, so that we might understand what God would have us believe and do.
“For the Glory of God Alone”
We proclaim the triune God of the Bible, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and we believe that all that God has done, is doing, and will do in history is for His glory.
We believe that we are called to glorify Him by worshipping Him and by joyfully submitting to His righteous rule in faith and obedience.
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In addition, Westminster Chapel places a high priority on the following:
We believe that man’s chief purpose is to glorify God. Therefore, our Sunday morning worship service is the high point of our week. It is the time when we come together to exalt our triune God in song, prayer, preaching, and the sacraments, and to fellowship with Him. Our worship is simple and traditional, with expository preaching, classical psalmnody and hymnody, and weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper.
We are a confessional church, holding to the doctrines of the Christian faith as expressed in the great creeds of the church, such as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, and the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.
We actively join together to bring our praises and petitions to our God in Sunday morning worship, in our homes, and in any gatherings of members that occur.
We delight to spend significant time together so that we might actively encourage one another in the Lord.
We warmly welcome all who are trusting in Jesus Christ or are sincerely seeking to know Him to visit with us for fellowship and worship any Sunday morning.
Sharing the Faith
Believing that we are called to make disciples for Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:19), we actively seek to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and circles of friendship, and we routinely invite friends and loved ones to be a part of our worship.
Nurturing the Faithful
Instruction in the Word of God is a high priority for Westminster Chapel. We offer Sunday school classes for children and adults, and Bible studies during the week, that we might grow in the knowledge of the Bible.
Spreading the Word
We aim to support missions to the ends of the earth with a significant portion of our church budget.