Our logo has in view that as a Reformed Church eager to learn from and follow the lead of the Puritans that we must always be reforming back to the old good paths and right ways that are part of every true Scriptural and Spiritual reformation and revival. We pray God would help us by His grace to be: Walking the Same Old Good Paths and Right Rule Along the Narrow Way.
J.C. Ryle wrote: “The longer I live the more I am convinced that the world needs no new Gospel, as some profess to think. I am thoroughly persuaded that the world needs nothing but bold, full, unflinching teaching of the ‘old paths’.”
For a sermon on Jeremiah 6:16, entitled, “Ask for the Old Paths and Walk in Their Good Way (Semper Reformanda)”, click here.
These Scriptures are behind our logo and brand statement above.
Jeremiah 6:16: Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Philippians 3:16: Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
And the way this happens is that Jesus Christ, Who is the Way, would lead us along His narrow way as our Good Shepherd only can and as He always has through Scripture and Church History (thus the crook in the logo).
Matthew 7:13-14: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Thus, in following the example and exegesis of the Reformation and Puritan movements, we seek to go back to the Scriptures and advance by returning to things like singing the Psalms acapella in worship; using the King James Bible, encouraging women to wear head coverings in worship; fully subscribing to the original Westminster Standards (including their Form of Presbyterial Church Government and Directories for Publick and Family Worship); not participating in the liturgical calendar (with Roman Catholic holidays such as Christmas and Easter); and staying with the more appropriate language from the Westminster Standards of “common operations of the Spirit,” “general and special providence,” and Christ’s rule as Mediatorial King in His power “in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies” along with a call to promiscuously preach the Gospel in the way it was in the Scriptures with “whosoever wills” and “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” to better address issues that the later terms “common grace” and “well meant offer” unsuccessfully attempt to accommodate. For they are not broke and do not need fixing. Rather our churches and society are so broken for straying from these old paths and ways. Let us follow Jesus along His narrow way.