Covenant Reformed Church desires to see the Reformed Church flourish in Grass Valley of Nevada County, and in 2018-2019 we are raising our horizons to include the Auburn and Placer County areas as well. What does being a reformed church mean? We want to encourage you to consider your role in these communities and provide the following heart felt responses to answer the question, “Why should I join with Covenant Reformed Church?”
Commitment to Reformed Teaching
Many find the term reformed somewhat off-putting. In a nutshell being committed to reformed teaching means teaching right from the bible what the bible says, with a focus on Scripture as the only foundation and truth for a life committed to Christ (John 17:17; Rom 15:4). Since all Scripture is breathed out by God, inspired through his Holy Spirit, and given to us for teaching, correction and training in righteousness, we are to take it seriously (2 Tim 3:16). This means teaching “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God!” (Rom 10:17ff). Faith is an active part of our coming to and serving Christ. We come to him by faith and never in our own strength, never thinking, “I am a good person” or “I’m not that bad”. We come to faith through grace, and it is by faith and grace alone we are made the joint heirs of faith in Christ Jesus. (Rom 8:16-23; 2 Tim 2:8-10).
Focusing on Christ
Our redemption is through Christ and him alone. No Christian says, “I just needed Christ to give me a little push…”, rather we proclaim with the Apostle Paul:
Colossians 1:9–18 (NKJV): 9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
Our salvation is found in Christ alone! Not what we give, not what we bring, not in the things we do. We add nothing to our salvation. And that’s exactly what we teach in love at Covenant Reformed Church at Grass Valley.
True Worship Before the Throne
Finally, we recognize, teach and confess all the glory for our redemption belongs to God alone. It is “his glorious power” which changes us and molds us into the image of Christ. It’s not about how many times you have read the bible, or how many verses you have memorized, or how many moving songs you sing, it’s all about Christ and what he has commanded us to practice, teach, preach and share. (Matt 28:18-20).
True worship is found in those churches which focus on the 5 Solas which we have been describing above, below we provide a short description of each:
Scripture Alone – Reflects our knowledge of God’s Word as our highest authority. Because, it is the Word of God, and we desire to live by its every precept as Christ our Lord did. We will not ever be perfect in this endeavor, but we can bear one another burdens as we struggle through failures and seasons of grace and blessings. (Rom 10:17; 1 Cor 4:13-14; 2 Tim 3:15-17)
Faith Alone – Reflects our acceptance of the Scriptural standards which teach us where our Faith comes from. We have heard the voice of Christ the Word of God, and as his sheep we follow him. It’s not about us opening the door to find Christ, its about answering his gracious knocking, which begins the change in our hearts, and produces a hunger and thirst for righteousness. Christ is our righteousness and our salvation come through faith alone in him. (Eph 2:8-9; 2 Thess 2:13)
Grace Alone – Teaches us the truth that all we receive from the Lord is a gift we can never earn. Unmerited favor which is bestowed upon us is the demonstrable evidence of the mercy and loving-kindness of God.
Christ Alone – Is the undeniable truth which presents the Scriptures which testify of Christ, Faith which is found in Christ Jesus, and Grace which is administered eternally by God on the merits of Christ and his shed blood only. Christ and Christ alone is the only hope of salvation. (Heb 7:23-28, 9:14-28; Gal 4:4-5)
Glory to God Alone – These four words are the battle cry of every Christian who faces the fallen world, a frenzied news cycle, and every other trial and temptation; hour by hour until we are received into Glory or Christ our Lord returns. God alone is worthy of our praise and adoration, as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. All glory belongs to the Lord of Lord’s and King of Kings. (Ps 29:1-2, 96:7-8; Rom 11:36; Rev 19:1-7)
It is the goal of the congregation of Covenant Reformed Church (and me personally Elder Matthew Davis) at Grass Valley to actively reflect these precepts. To teach the meaning of reasonable service as the worship we bring (Rom 12:1-8ff), not only when we gather to sing and praise God, or we come together to pray and hear the declaration of God’s Word, but everyday upon a moment’s notice. Every Christian is to be a living sacrifice, not only on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings, but by leading transformed lives in Christ through the renewing of our minds and proving what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God as humble servants bearing one another’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ, as he has taught us (Gal 6:1-11).
I hope you will prayerfully consider joining with us as we begin to grow following Christ. We know we are not the only God-fearing church in the Grass Valley or Auburn area. We are however eager to see the Gospel proclaimed, to see men, women and children gather in the name of Christ and develop life long, eternal relationships, in Christ as we gather, share, and proclaim the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Most of all we long to do all things for his glory according to his commands. So, if you can agree with these sentiments, then you have already benefited from the Reformation and are likely reformed or on that path. We are praying for you, one of Christ’s children, as we do for all churches, wherever the Word of God is faithfully proclaimed.
With all my Love,
Covenant Reformed Church
at Grass Valley
About Elder Davis
In 2010 my wife Daniella and I began seeking a path to serving the Lord in full-time ministry. Seminary for me and working together to make the remaining years of our lives focused on service. In 2013 we moved to Sacramento and our path began in earnest. I was called to serve at Covenant Reformed Church at Grass Valley, though the congregation was small, just 20 members it was a great encouragement. Since then Pastor Emeritus Dennis Roe retired from the pulpit, after 20+ years in Grass Valley, to pursue missionary outreach and I with Dennis’ help and the support of the congregation, took on the mantle of teacher in Grass Valley.