“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4
One does not have to look far to conclude that life is full of difficulties. At every level of life we encounter difficult decisions, various trials, and hardships. Often, meaningful direction and support seem to elude our grasp. As we observe our leaders and authorities being overcome by national and personal problems, it is sometimes easy to imagine that there are no real solutions, nothing sure in which to place our hope.
Yet there is a very real source of hope for us, our families and our culture. It is found in the person of Jesus Christ. It is He who said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). He has come to restore and order His world through the power of His Spirit and the direction of His Word, the Bible. In the most comprehensive sense of the word He has come to be the Savior and Lord, the Hope of the world. Therefore over and against hopelessness and uncertainty, we at the Stillwater Reformed Presbyterian Church offer reliable direction and lasting solutions through the “good news” of God’s love, healing, strength, direction and blessing found in Jesus Christ, the head of the church.
“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
The Stillwater Reformed Presbyterian Church’s most basic commitment is to Jesus Christ, our Living Lord and Loving Savior. In John 14:23 Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word.” It is clear that love for Christ must be translated into a believing submission to His rule or lordship in our lives. Since the Scriptures are the Word of Christ, we emphasize the Bible -how to understand it and how to apply it practically to our lives. Committed to the full authority of the Bible, we endeavor to proclaim the truth of God as clearly and relevantly as possible. [We recognize the Westminster Confession of Faith as a helpful guide for doctrine and worship based on and subordinate to God’s Word.]
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.” 1 Corinthians 12:4,5
At the Stillwater Reformed Presbyterian Church, we believe the church should minister to the community, to the congregation as a body, and to the individual believer. Our ministries are wide reaching but are designed to be personal and meaningful.
Christian Worship – We believe Christian Worship is the celebration of God’s salvation and victory. “The people whom I formed for Myself will declare my praise.” (Isaiah 43:21). Worship involves the assembling of the people of God in His presence in order to declare His praise and to present themselves before Him as living sacrifices, (Romans 12:1-2). Our regular services are held morning and evening every Sunday.
Christian Growth – We believe all Christians are to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ (II Peter 3:18), growing up in all aspects into Him, who is the head (Ephesians 4:15). Growth involves the use of the “means of grace”, in the context of the fellowship and teaching of the body of Christ, to lead us to maturity in Christ. Some of these means provided apart from the regular preaching of God’s Word are: our Women’s Prayer and Fellowship Group, our Christian Education program, the Christian Reformed Fellowship at Oklahoma State University, and regular, weekly opportunities for prayer and accountability.
Christian Fellowship – We believe that the way we relate to each other is evidence of God’s love in us (I John 4:7-8). Christian fellowship is a witness to a world which is aching for meaningful relationships. Christian love for one another leads to encouragement, healing of brokenness, mutual edification and a Biblical sense of identity and purpose. “If we walk in the light as he is in the light, we will have fellowship with one another.” (1 Jn. 1:7)
Christian Mission – We believe that the mission of the church is the Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” (Matthew 28:19-20). This involves a personal and full surrender of our lives to the complete authority of the Word of God – in thought, family, business, recreation, politics, economics, etc. Our goal is the reconstruction of the world through the proclamation of the Gospel. This means being “salt and light.” in the world through commitment to evangelism, world missions, and involvement in society. One particular area of outreach is on the campus of Oklahoma State University through our college ministry, Christian Reformed Fellowship.
Christian Service – We believe pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God is defined as visiting widows and orphans in their distress (James 1:27). As Christians, we have the responsibility to be ministers of mercy and compassion to all those in distress, especially to the household of faith.
“Obey your leaders, and submit to them; for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will give an account.” Hebrews 13:17
Pastor – R. Bruce Parnell
Our Pastor graduated from Geneva College. He has a Masters of Divinity from the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Vicky, have five children.
Our congregation elects mature men to serve as elders on a guiding body called the session. The elders act as spiritual “shepherds” of the congregation.
“Remember the wonders He has done” 1 Chronicles 16:12
The Reformed Presbyterian denomination (Covenanters) traces its origin to the Scottish reformation of the 1500’s. The Scottish reformation culminated in the establishment of several national covenants. When the Stuart kings abrogated the covenants by usurping Christ’s authority as ruler of the church, the Covenanters suffered great persecution for resisting them. During that time, the blue banner with the words, “For Christ’s Crown and Covenant” was created and carried by the Covenanters. We still proclaim Christ’s sovereignty as the only ruler over the church and state.
“Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Please join us in learning from Him.