(1) Introducing the CPRC
The four words of our name,
Covenant Protestant Reformed Church (CPRC), provide a
helpful way of introducing ourselves to you.
1. We are an instituted
church of the Lord Jesus Christ, a body of believers
with our own pastor, elders and deacons. The CPRC preaches
the Word of God, administers the two Christian sacraments of
baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and exercises church
discipline according to the Scriptures. Thus we manifest
ourselves as a part of Christ’s one, holy, catholic or
universal, and apostolic church.
Central to our Lord’s Day
worship services is the preaching of the whole counsel of
God as revealed in the Old and New Testaments. Through the
faithful explanation and application of the Bible, we teach
what God requires us to believe and how He calls us to live
as His children and heirs. By His Word and Spirit, Jehovah
creates our worship and fellowship with Him so that we enjoy
the communion of the saints with Christ and, therefore, with
one another. We invite you to join us!
2. We are a Protestant
church. This means that we maintain the biblical gospel
recovered in the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation
which is summarised in five famous "alones." The sixty-six
books of the inspired Scripture alone are the Word of
God, the only infallible guide for faith and life (II Tim.
3:16-17). The Bible reveals that all our salvation is in
Christ alone, as the only redeemer, mediator and head of
the church (I Tim. 2:5). The Lord Jesus delivers His people
from the guilt, power and pollution of sin by grace alone,
without our having to work for it (Eph. 2:8-9). Salvation is
received, known and enjoyed by faith alone, only by
believing in Christ crucified and risen according to the
gospel (John 6:47). The truths of Scripture alone, Christ
alone, grace alone and faith alone serve the glory of God
alone. This is what the church must proclaim and
promote: the honour and glory of the Triune God revealed in
Jesus Christ (Isa. 43:21)!
3. We are a Reformed
church. We stand with that branch of the Reformation
particularly associated with John Calvin and the doctrines
of God’s sovereign grace. We believe that fallen man is
totally depraved and completely unable to deliver himself—or
even contribute to his deliverance—from the bondage and
misery of sin (Rom. 3:9-20). But, before the foundation of
the world, God, in His great mercy, chose some to salvation
in Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:4). In the fullness of time, the
Lord Jesus laid down His life on the cross for His elect,
suffering for all of the sins of all of His sheep (John
10:11, 15). In due time, God grants a new spiritual heart to
each of His elect so that they all trust in His Son alone
(John 1:12-13). Every true elect believer, being kept by the
power of the Holy Spirit, perseveres in faith and holiness,
and will enter the joy of the Lord in the world to come (I
As a Reformed church, we
believe that God’s Word regulates and governs not only all
of the church’s doctrine but also its worship, including its
prayers and praise. Thus we sing the Psalms of David, the
man after God’s own heart, for we know that these songs are
inspired by our heavenly Father and accepted by Him through
Jesus Christ (Ps. 95:2; II Sam. 23:1-2; James 5:13).
Being Reformed, we hold to the
early Christian creeds (the Apostles’ Creed, the
Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed) and these
creeds of the Calvin Reformation: the Belgic Confession
(1561), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563) and the
Canons of Dordt (1618-1619). Thus all can see clearly
what we believe the Bible teaches and that our faith is in
accordance with the beliefs of Christ’s church in former
4. We are a covenant
church. The covenant is God’s intimate bond of family
friendship with His sons and daughters in Jesus Christ. As
the Triune God, who is one in Being and three in Persons
(Father, Son and Holy Spirit), Jehovah enjoys an infinitely
rich and blessed life of fellowship in Himself. God’s
salvation of us is His including us in His own covenant
communion of joy and peace, for we are His people and He is
our God who tabernacles and dwells with us in love (Rev.
In His amazing mercy, Jehovah
also includes our elect children in His covenant (Gen. 17:7;
Acts 2:39; II Tim. 1:5), for this is the blessed gospel
promise: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt
be saved, and thy house" (Acts 16:31)! Those whom God
embraces in His covenant fellowship are called to love, obey
and cleave to Him and to walk a new and holy life by His
If you desire to know the forgiveness of sins and peace
with God or if you want to learn more about the Christian
faith and life, and the contents and message of the Bible,
please contact us. You are very welcome to come to our
Sunday services in our new church building. We also have two
weekly Bible studies and several weekly catechism classes,
plus fortnightly or monthly classes for men and for women.
(2) Confessions, Etc.
The Covenant Protestant Reformed Church believes and
teaches the biblical doctrines summarized in the Three Forms of
(Click here, for the Three Forms of Unity in various
We also uphold the truth set forth in the
ecumenical (universal) creeds:
(Click here, for the ecumenical creeds in various languages)
We employ the following forms:
(Click here, for an "Introduction to the Liturgical Forms")
(Dutch) (Italian) (Russian)
We use our edition of the Church Order of Dordt
(Afrikaans) (Burmese) (Indonesian)
to read two on-line books by Prof. Hanko:
Notes on the Church Order and
The Believer's Manual for the Church Order)
Declaration of Principles
summarizes the teaching of our confessions, forms and Church Order on some
aspects of sovereign grace, God's unconditional covenant and church
We praise God singing the inspired Psalms in the
Scottish Metrical Version (1650)
(Click here, for metrical versions of the Psalms in various
(3) A Brief Summary
We Believe ...
… the inspiration, authority, inerrancy and
sufficiency of Holy Scripture (John 10:35; II Tim. 3:16-17), including the
literal teaching of Genesis 1-11.
… God’s sovereign, unconditional and
particular election, redemption, call, preservation and glorification of all
His people in Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:28-39; Eph. 1:3-14).
… God’s infinite, eternal and unchanging
love for His elect in Christ (Rom. 8:35-39; Eph. 3:18-19), which excludes a
love of God for the reprobate (Ps. 5:4-6; 11:5-7; Rom. 9:13).
… the unconditional establishment,
maintenance, and realization of the covenant of grace through Jesus Christ
with believers and their elect seed, requiring infant baptism for the children
of believers (Gen. 17:7; Acts 2:39; 16:14-15; Col. 2:11-12).
… that faithful preaching by qualified and
ordained men, as opposed to lay-preaching and women office-bearers and
missionaries, is the voice of Jesus Christ and the power of God unto salvation
(Rom. 1:16; 10:14-15; I Cor. 14:34-35; I Thess. 2:13; I Tim. 2:11-3:13).
… that the Most High, and not man,
determines how He must be worshipped (John 4:24; Col. 2:23), including
reverent congregational singing of the God-breathed Psalms (Ps. 95:2; II Sam.
23:1-2; James 5:13).
… that marriage is a life-long, unbreakable
bond (Gen. 2:24), the earthly symbol of the union of Christ and His church
(Eph. 5:22-33), and that remarriage while one’s spouse is living is adultery
(Matt. 5:32; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18; Rom. 7:2-3; I Cor. 7:39).
… that the Triune God calls His people to be
spiritually separate from the world in thought and life (Ex. 20; Rom. 12:1-2; II Cor.
… that Jesus Christ, the sovereign Lord
of history, orders all things in creation, the world, and the church,
including the signs of His coming, for His glorious bodily return at the
end of the age to judge the righteous and the ungodly and to usher in the
new heavens and the new earth (Matt. 24-25; II Thess 2; II Pet. 3; Rev. 6).
(4) The Absolute Sovereignty of God
We believe in the absolute sovereignty of God. Few speak of
it. Others pay but lip-service to it. Yet this is the fundamental truth upon
which rests all doctrine. That God is sovereign means
He is in complete control over all things without
exception (Dan. 4:35; Ps. 135:6; Isa. 46:9-10).
He eternally decreed all events in creation, including
earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and even the snow and the rain (Job
37:6; Ps. 97:5; 147:15-18; Isa. 29:6; Rev. 6:12).
He rules over all illnesses and the death of every
individual (Ex. 9:1-16; Job 1:21; Isa. 38).
He governs all men, both good and evil (Ps. 2; Prov.
21:1; Isa. 45:7; Acts 2:23; 4:27-28).
He reigns over the devil and the fallen angels (Job
1:12; 2:6; Rom. 16:20).
Thus nothing happens by chance or accident (Gen. 50:20;
I Sam. 6:9; Matt. 10:29-30; Rom. 8:28).
This truth has important implications for the proclamation
of the gospel of the cross of Christ. The sovereign God must not be presented
in the preaching as a great beggar pleading with the sinner to accept Jesus.
The Most High is the Almighty Creator who speaks and it is done and commands
and it stands fast (Ps. 33:9)! The incarnate, crucified and risen Son of God
sits on the throne of the universe; how can He be portrayed as pleading
for admittance into the sinner’s heart? God forbid! Could a sovereign God
earnestly desire (yet fail to affect) the salvation of everybody, including
the reprobate? Then His will is frustrated! If our God is the absolute
Sovereign, why then do so many in our day present Him in the above manner? We
are speaking, you understand, not about mere man but about the true and living
God! For "our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased"
(Ps. 115:3). We are not free to minimise His greatness nor compromise His
power. God must remain God in our evangelism, as well as in our
consciousness and in our worship.
The sovereign God eternally predestinated His people to
salvation in Christ (Rom. 8:29-30; Eph. 1:4). In time, He gives His elect to
Christ and draws them so that they come to Him (John 6:37, 44, 65). The Holy
Spirit opens the heart of the elect sinner so that he believes (Acts 16:14).
We are called to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, for Scripture
reminds us that it is God who works in us both to will and to do of His
good pleasure (Phil. 2:12-13). The good works of all the elect are eternally
foreordained by the Lord that we should walk in them (Eph. 2:10). The
unchangeable Jehovah preserves all His people, infallibly bringing them to
glory (Phil. 1:6).
Do you believe the clear testimony of Holy Scripture
to God’s absolute sovereignty? The Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
(CPRC) invites you to worship the God of all grace with us: "In [Christ]
we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the
purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
that we should be to the praise of his glory" (Eph. 1:11-12).