OUR NAME: In short, we are Puritan in spiritual heritage and earnest, Reformed in theology and doctrine, Presbyterian in government and practice, and a confessional Church in profession and witness.
Further, Dr. Bruce Bickel shares in his book, Light and Heat: The Puritan View of the Pulpit, what has long been and can be expected of the preaching of our ministers: “The Puritan’s concern was light and heat–light from the pure Word of God to penetrate the darkness of the heart and soul of the hearer, heat from the pathos and passion of the heart and soul of the preacher to bring about conviction.” This of course recognizes complete dependence on the work of the Holy Spirit both in the preacher of the Word and the hearers of the Word, so the pastor prays the plea John Owen instructs, “make the preaching successful”. And he expects, in and out of season, to see the Spirit work. This is why the Westminster Larger Catechism #155 says that “The Spirit of God maketh the reading of the Word, but especially the preaching of the word, an effectual means of enlightening, convincing, and humbling sinners; of driving them out of themselves, and drawing them unto Christ; of conforming them to his image, and subduing them to his will; of strengthening them against temptations and corruptions; of building them up in grace, and establishing their hearts in holiness and comfort through faith unto salvation.” As well, Puritans were concerned with pure theology joined with purity of life — wisdom and truth with godliness and holiness. The Protestant Reformation further developed by the Puritans was a Biblical movement not only seeking a pure faith, but a pure practice. Our lifestyle must match our life’s doctrine. The two go hand in glove all through the Scriptures: “But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself …” (Psalm 4:3). Here the Puritans left us their lives as a legacy along with their legacy of sound doctrine that we aim to emulate. Dr. Bickel also writes, “Puritanism grew out of three central concepts: the New Testament pattern of personal piety, sound doctrine, and properly ordered church life … Genuine godliness is the child of the royal marriage of truth with grace, and the godly Puritan was a child of both parents.”
Daniel M. Doriani writes: “In this treatise ‘puritan’ means a zealous, converted Protestant who actively seeks to give the Bible foremost authority in his life. The puritan is one who believes that he is saved from sin and the wrath of God, that he has received eternal life by faith in Jesus Christ, that by the grace of God he is a new man. His conviction is heartfelt, not merely intellectual, and he cares deeply about it. He strives for a new, godly life. The guide and authority for his new life is the Bible, understood and, as much as possible, followed in its literal sense … The puritans prove their reverence for Scripture by granting it the power to modify favored ideas … The puritans wanted to be Biblical Christians. They wanted to reform their society from the heart outward and they chose Biblical preaching as their chief tool.” (From, The Godly Household in Puritan Theology: 1560-1640). We hope the Lord will always be growing the same spirit and effort in our own homes and church family.
Church: Sadly this should be self-explanatory but these days it is not. Christians are saved by Christ into His Body to be His one Temple and assembly in member covenanted worship and service. We are formally accountable to Him and one another. Jesus works in this world through His Church,the pillar and ground of the truth and family and household of God. (See Matthew 16:18; Acts 7:38; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 12:12-27; 1 Tim. 3:15; Ephesians 2:19-22; 3:14-15, 20-21; Hebrews 10:24-25; Revelation 22:16.)