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WHAT IS REIBERS & REFORMED & BAPTIST?
   
Let us introduce ourselves by looking at our name.

Some have asked, “Where is Reibers, PA?  What is a Reiber or who is a Reiber?  Well, Reibers is the last name of the family that donated land for the church in the 1800’s.

We are a
church.  We do not claim to be the only true church.  The word church means assembly or a body called out as a congregation.  Paul in Ephesians 5:23 calls the church Christ’s body of which he is the head and Savior.  The idea

is that the church comes  together primarily to worship God through his son the Lord Jesus Christ.  

We are a Baptist church.  In the great commission Jesus told the 11 disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

So the proper order is for folks to become Christians (disciples), then be baptized, and then be instructed in all the Scripture.

This is why we only baptize those who give evidence of having become disciples first.  Then comes the responsibility of the church to teach the new disciples and the new disciples to learn the Scriptures and obey its teachings.

We are also a reformed church.  Reformed or reform refers most often to the Protestant Reformation in the 1500”s.  God brought about a great awakening and discovery of the truth of Scripture which largely lay hidden behind the superstitions, traditions, and immorality of the dominant religious system for many centuries.

Many in those days paid in blood for this new-found faith in Jesus Christ.  But God was with them and the church of Jesus Christ arose and spread throughout Europe much as the church grew in the book of the Acts of the Apostles.

There are some clear marks of a reformed church:

        1. The Bible is our only source of authority in matters of what we believe, how we live and how we worship.

        2. Jesus Christ is the only Savior and Mediator between God and sinful people – apart from him there is no Savior.

        3. Salvation comes to sinners by God’s grace alone, not by our works, through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

        4. The most important aspect of our worship and all our services is the preaching and teaching of the Bible.  Dramas, dance, etc, have no place in New Testament worship so they should have no place in worship in Christ’s churches today.  The word of God read and preached must be central in worship. (In our day of new fads in worship, we believe we must stick with what is clearly revealed in the New Testament and seek to worship God in God’s way, not our own way.)

5. Worship is meant to be filled with reverence for the true and living God before whom the angels of heaven cry without end, “Holy, Holy, Holy.”  We believe worship is to be joyful, but a joy given by the Lord himself and we are at His mercy for that.  On our own we cannot produce true joy in worship.  True worship of the God of heaven is man’s highest activity possible.  We would like you to come and worship with us.


 

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