First Principles

Please join us for an eight-week class focusing on our foundational principles as individual Christians and as a body of believers. We meet Sunday evenings from 5:45-7:00 pm at the church; the class will run from September 13th – November 8th with no class on September 27th due to our Senior Minister installation service.

Week 1 (September 13) ~ Theology: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

Assigned Reading: B. B. Warfield, “A Brief and Untechnical Statement of the Reformed Faith”


Week 2 (September 20) ~ The Heart and the Mind: What God Has Joined Together, Let No Man Separate

Assigned Reading: B. B. Warfield, “The Religious Life of the Theological Student”


Week 3 (October 4) ~ The God Who Is

Assigned Reading: Cornelius Van Til, “Why I Believe In God”

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Week 4 (October 11) ~ What Is True Ministry, Biblically Defined?

Assigned Reading: Geerhardus Vos, “The More Excellent Ministry”

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Week 5 (October 18) ~ Family, Church, and State: Three Institutions UNDER God

Assigned Reading: John Murray, “The Christian World Order”

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Week 6 (October 25) ~ Building AND Defending: Controversy in the Church

Assigned Reading: Cornelius Van Til, “Calvin as a Controversialist”J. Gresham Machen, “The Good Fight of Faith”


Week 7 (November 1) ~ What Does the Church Exist to Do?

Assigned Reading: J. Gresham Machen, “The Mission of the Church” J. Gresham Machen, “The Christian View of Missions” John Piper podcast, “Church Growth God’s Way”


Week 8 (November 8) ~ What Happens When Human Reason Seeks to Usurp God’s Word?

Assigned Reading: Richard Gaffin, “Total Depravity and Business Ethics”

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