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Profession of Faith of Covenant Children at OURC

Profession of Faith of Covenant Children at OURC Adopted by the Consistory, February 2003 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with promise: ‘that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.’ And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and […]

Ayunando en la Era de la Comida Rápida

Ayunando en la era de la comida rápida Rev. Daniel R. Hyde Traducido al español por Eddy Garcia Solís   Introducción La Biblia es un libro muy grande, tanto que en ocaciones leémos cosas de las cuales ya nos hemos olvidado. Una de estas cosas, es la práctica del ayuno. Un práctica bíblica, mas no obstante, muchos pastores probablemente ni siquiera han predicado sobre el tema. Una vez Abraham Kuyper […]

Fasting in an Age of Fast Food

en español Introduction The Bible is a big book, so from time to time we read things in it that we have forgotten. One such teaching is fasting. It’s a biblical topic many pastors may have never preached on. It’s a practice that many Christians have never practiced. Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920) once lamented: “Today there are still some found among the godly who fast. But very few. The practice has […]

Being a Member of OURC

Introduction As those who belong to Jesus Christ by faith, Christians also belong to each other in love as the body of Christ: “we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Rom. 12:5). As a body, the earliest Christians devoted themselves to each other in what Luke called “the fellowship” (Acts 2:42). As a congregation we desire that same love and devotion “by serving […]

Why We Sing Old Testament Psalms

Introduction “The 150 Psalms shall have the principal place in the singing of the churches.” This is how the Church Order of the United Reformed Churches in North America opens its article on what is to be sung in its churches (art. 39). Although we do not sing the psalms exclusively, as a member congregation of this federation of churches, the Oceanside United Reformed Church is committed to the principle that […]

On the Weekly Celebration of Holy Communion

Adopted by the Consistory of the Oceanside United Reformed Church May 31, 2005   Introduction As Christians, our only comfort is that we belong to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ (Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 1), whom we experience in faith by the power of the Holy Spirit through the proclamation of the Holy Gospel and participation in the Holy Sacraments. As pilgrims in this age, we need to hear, see, touch, […]

Our Story: A Brief History of the URCNA

Our Story’s Roots The roots of our story as the United Reformed Churches in North America are the same as other Christian churches that submit to the authority of the Scriptures and find their foundation in the writings and preaching of the prophets and apostles, of which the cornerstone is Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:20). This story continued in the ancient centuries of the church when, because of error, it became […]

Why We Have Creeds & Confessions

The Short Answer: The English word ‘creed’ comes from the Greek credo, which simply means ‘I believe.’ Everyone has beliefs about what the Bible teaches. Though people sometimes claim to have ‘no creed but Christ,’ we find on closer questioning they often have very different ideas about who Jesus was and what he did for us. We believe having written statements of essential beliefs—creeds as well as their longer cousins, confessions—help […]