Why would anyone be looking for us?
Some time back I posted a series of short articles on our web site that gave reasons that someone might be looking for Fifth Street Presbyterian Church. They were reasons like biblical ethics, biblical preaching, worship that has a focus on the ordinary means of grace especially Word, Sacraments, and Prayer. I also touched on some cultural issues under the topic of “generation whatever” where I tried to describe our attitude toward those who seek to divide the church with generational labels. In short, I tried to express some of our distinctives under several headings in hopes of introducing our church and ministry. Those distinctives are unchanged and we wish to renew our invitation while expanding the explanation of who we are.
Why would anyone be looking for our church? We have more reasons. We are committed to being an ordinary church, a simple church not consumed with a great deal of busy work. We are made up of a congregation that has a strong fellowship and a sense of community. We aim at a church life that is more consistent with the Bible than business models of the 20th and 21st centuries. Scripture speaks of the church as being a body where the parts are united and ministering one to another and Scripture speaks of the church as if it were a building with each member being a stone, or part, that together form the building. By God’s grace we have seen our church grow in its community and love one for another as the Lord has grown us in our love of Himself, His truth, and His Church.
Another distinctive of our congregation is that we are a congregation of grown-ups (except the children, they are still children). We realize that that is not a distinctive often discussed under the heading of the doctrine of the church, but it is a characteristic of a mature body of believers. We have a good mix of age groups from little children to very senior saints and in that mix we have seen the development of an atmosphere or culture of maturity that encourages relationships without the drama that is so prevalent in our day and in much of the evangelical church. We simply do not cater to the cultural trends or whims but rather remain focused on a church life that is God centered and ordinary means of grace. While realizing we have much room to grow, we are not trying to present ourselves as a gathering of super saints, quiet the contrary. We are a group of sinners that by God’s grace have come to know saving grace and are trying to live together as a church in a simple and biblical fashion. We are trying to be a simple, biblical, and faithful church. We are not interested in the fashions and trends of our day and we have no desire to be considered relevant by the world that crucified our savior and has martyred many of our brothers and sisters over the years.
So if you are looking for a church that is simple, striving to be biblical, and willing to be weird in the eyes of the world when truth necessitates it, than this might be a church you want to check out. We worship on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (yep, the whole evening service is a bit weird also these days).