You could call us God-centered, biblical, and relevant. You could call us Reformed. You could call us Presbyterian. You could call us family-integrated, and you should see how much we love children. Have you seen the difference in a church that takes weekly communion? You have to see it to believe it.
Corporate worship on the Lord’s Day is the central ministry of Dayspring Presbyterian Church. Everything else in the life of the church flows forth from corporate worship. God sovereignly establishes and increases faith through ordinary means of grace—the Word, prayer, and sacraments—which are vital for believers’ spiritual nourishment and growth. We therefore practice systematic expository preaching of God’s Word, recognize spoken and sung prayer as the chief means of gratitude and praise to God, and administer the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper each Sunday.
Although various ministries and fellowship opportunities exist within our church community, we are not a program-driven church, but an ordinary-means-of-grace-driven church.
We emphasize multi-generational discipleship. In practical terms, this means:
- that we need to actually know each other, care for each other, and walk out the Word in our daily lives.
- that we will have to put a high priority on the education of our children and the equipping of our parents as they undertake the great task of covenantal succession.
- that because we are known best in a smaller context, our intention is not simply to build a big church, but rather to multiply if the Lord blesses us with growth.
we want to “go deep and go slow” with in-depth Bible teaching and worship marked by reverence and awe.
- we are intentionally involved in both our local community and our world.
Dayspring Presbyterian Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). You can find more information about the PCA at www.pcanet.org.
We affirm the doctrines of historic Christian orthodoxy such as those defined by the Apostles Creed and the great ecumenical councils of the first millennium of Christian history. These doctrines include such affirmations as the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the atonement of Christ, and other doctrines that are integral to historic Christianity.
We are Reformed in our theology. We adhere to the historic doctrines in the tradition of the Protestant Reformation, such as Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) is the belief that the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God, is the sole written revelation that rules the faith and practice of the Christian community. Sola Fide (Faith Alone) is the belief that the believer is saved through faith in Christ by the free grace of God. We emphasize the sovereignty of God in all things. Reformed theology is God-centered.
We are Confessional. We adhere to a written confession of faith that we believe to be a good and accurate summary of the Bible’s teaching. We believe the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms contain carefully worded summaries of the contents of sacred Scripture. While acceptance of every confessional distinctive is not required for membership at Dayspring, officers of the church must adhere to the system of doctrine taught by the Westminster standards.
We are called to worship in spirit and in truth—to engage our affections and our minds. Our corporate worship includes liturgical elements that have been part of Christian worship for hundreds of years as well as songs, hymns, and spiritual songs which are both old and new. At times our worship is intimate, personal, and comfortable, while at other times it is lofty, stately and weighty. At one moment the friendly nature of Christ is our focus, while the next may be the wonder and awe of an Almighty God being in our midst.
Our church is made up of real people—all of us sinners in need of a savior. Rather than getting “cleaned up” before coming to worship each week, we bring our sin and our struggles with us, knowing that Christ’s love for His people makes it safe for us to boldly approach the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).
While worshipping with us you may notice a little wiggling and murmuring. These are what Charles Spurgeon once called, “the sweet sights and sounds of a holy hubbub.” “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14). As our children learn to worship alongside their parents, siblings, and covenant family, things may get just a little distracting. But, this is what worship together should look and sound like. We embrace the call as parents and as a congregation to balance the “holy hubbub” with being sensitive to others.
While children of all ages are welcome in our worship service, we offer a nursery for children from birth through age 4, in part because we understand that training takes time and that a break can help! The nursery is a way to minister to families while they learn to worship together. Joyfully accept those trips in and out of worship, and give parents helping hands and smiles that let them know we are in this together.
Ephesians 2:4-9 says: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (ESV)”
We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes people. People who are dead are brought to new life by the grace of God. The Gospel is both simple and complex. It is complex in that the message that God has given to humanity is revealed in the whole Bible, showing who God is and who we are. God has much to say! However, the Gospel is simple in that it is centered on the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible says that human beings are created by God and bear his image (Genesis 1:27). Sin entered the world and now we live in a way that falls short of what we were created for—to glorify and enjoy God forever. We were and are separated from God. But God reached out in great love and compassion and, in Christ, has walked among us, shared our sorrow, and carried our grief. Jesus Christ lived without sin, died in the place of sinners, and rose again to save his people from sin’s guilt and penalty.
If you have realized the depth of your need for Christ, the hopelessness of your attempts to “be good,” and have come to the end of yourself, we encourage you to trust Christ. Ask God for the grace to repent and to follow him. In trusting Christ, you will find new life!