Pastor: Jim Blanksma
In 2011, while preparing a lesson for adult Sunday school, I asked the Lord in prayer how I could make it more “real”, to present the Gospel in a way that made the reality of the Word impact not only our heads, but our hearts – this was at 6:30 in the morning. At noon, out of the blue, we received an invite to join a That the World may Know tour to Israel – leaving in one month. God does answer prayer. We went. God forcefully impressed on us not only the historical reality, but also His truth, vibrancy, immediacy, and power.
Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
The Word of God is what we teach and preach. We strive to keep the first thing first, which is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are non-denominational, but follow the reformed distinctive, primarily because of the reformed tradition of fealty to the Holy Word of God as reveal in scripture. Someone asked “You’re Calvinist, then?” – our answer? Only in so much as Calvin read his Bible. Our loyalty is not to church dogma or traditions, per se, but rather to faithfully and clearly present the Word.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Mark 1:14-15 (ESV)Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent and believe in the gospel.”
We invite you to join us as we study and search God’s Word.
2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV)Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and a sound mind!