Why Free Presbyterian?
First of all, thank you for taking the time to learn more about our congregation. If we can assist you in any way, please get in touch.
So why do we exist, aside from the obvious priority of seeking to glorify God? Aren’t there enough churches in Calgary?
Certainly there are plenty of churches in Calgary, and some of them do a good work that we thankful to God for, but we believe we serve a niche within the city that makes our presence vital.
First of all we are Presbyterian. That means we are a confessional church (elders subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith). This is an historic document that has been used by Presbyterian Churches to give a basic summary of Christian doctrine and teaching since 1646.
But aren’t there other Presbyterian Churches in Calgary?
Yes, but you would be surprised how many have been compromised by liberal theology. This isn’t the place to discuss all that perhaps, but it is sad to see the deterioration of biblical truth in our present day.
That’s actually the reason for the word ‘Free’ in our name. It has nothing to do with ‘free will’ or to convey the idea that we believe we are free to do whatever we want. Far from it. The original founders of the denomination broke free from a presbyterian church which had left its doctrinal roots, accepting within its leadership heretics who denied the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, etc.
To this day, we remain free from associations that obscure and hinder the plain message of the gospel. We are free from supporting other groups that have departed from the authority of Scripture.
Aside from actually visiting in person, the next best thing to do to get a flavour of what to expect is to listen to a few of our sermons. That will help you to see the high place Scripture holds in the hearts of our congregation.
Our congregation is a member of the Free Presbyterian Church of North America. From its inception, our small denomination has emphasized the authority of Scripture for every aspect of Christian belief and obedience.
In keeping with our high regard for Scripture, the FPCNA has sought to call believers to a life of full obedience to Christ, and to confidently preach the gospel of Jesus Christ as the only source of hope for sinners facing the righteous judgement of God.
The FPCNA teaches the necessity of the Spirit’s ministry for empowering all aspects of the Christian life. We seek to emphasize prayer, both private and public, as a constant expression of our dependence on God’s help. We seek to worship “in Spirit and in truth,” in well ordered services that are scriptural and reverent. We seek to proclaim the truths and claims of the Word of God through preaching that is both thoughtful and zealous, faithful to the text and pointed in its application to the lives of people today.
What We Teach
As noted above, the oversight of our congregation, together with the oversight of the whole denomination, subscribes wholeheartedly to the theology of the Westminster Standards (the Confession, the Larger Catechism, and the Shorter Catechism).
While we maintain that Scripture holds the supreme authority, we believe that these documents are helpful in teaching the substance of scriptural truth on major points of doctrine.
Thus, since Scripture is our ultimate authority, we have been willing to modify the Confessional statements in a few places to adequately address the concerns and needs of the church in our own day (our denomination’s Book of Church Order contains the version of the Confession to which our ministers and elders subscribe).