What is a Reformed Church?
The word "Reformed" can be confusing because its meaning is somewhat "buried" in the past. The word Reformed simply points to Phoenix URC's identity rooted in a 16th century church renewal movement known as the Reformation. The Reformation was essentially a "back to Bible" movement designed to bring doctrinal and moral renewal to a compromised church. Essential features of a modern Reformed perspective are: Christ-centered thinking and living (Colossians 1:15-20; 2:6,7), a Biblically informed worldview (2 Timothy 3:16), an emphasis on God's sovereignty (Isaiah 40:1-31; Psalm 115:1-3), doctrinal integrity (Hebrews 5:11-6:2), historic consciousness (Psalm 78:1-72), and missional orientation (John 20:21). All serve the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Why are children included in the worship service?
The decision to include children in our worship services was an intentional one. Corporate worship today is often characterized by a form of age-segregation where children and adults worship separately. We understand the pragmatic impulse behind this practice. However, we believe that the Bible presents us with a different dynamic: namely, corporate worship where both children and adults pray, sing, listen, understand, and give voice to God's grace and goodness in their lives (Deuteronomy 31:12, Ezra 10:1; Nehemiah 8:2). We have found this integrative practice to be a great blessing to us. We hope you do too!
How do I get connected to the community at Phoenix URC?
God has created His people for fellowship (Acts 2:42-48; 4:32-35; Ephesians 2:19-22) and so connecting is an integral component of Phoenix URC's ministry. Sundays are the best place to begin. Relationships are formed and deepened before, during, and after worship. Post-worship classes also provide an opportunity for relationship-building as well as informal contacts throughout the week. If you are interested in connecting with others in the context of service, check out the "Get Involved" section of our website.
How do people give to Phoenix United? Why are where does the money go?
Giving is an important component of Christian living. Giving comes in the form of spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 4:7) and material offerings (Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8). Opportunities abound at PURC for both. As to monetary offerings, PURC supports a number of carefully designated causes including such things as local benevolence and budgetary needs, home and foreign missions, Christian education, disaster relief, and other causes. PURC's deacons as managers of spiritual and material resources (Acts 6:1-6; 1 Timothy 3:8-13) ensure that all monies given are accounted for and distributed properly.
Why do you have creeds, catechisms, and confessions?
Creeds, catechisms, and confessions (three c's) have been a rich blessing to Protestant churches for many years. Over 60 of them were written during the 1560's alone. The purpose of the three c's is to systematically teach (Luke 1:1-3; 1 Timothy 4:16), protect (2 Peter 3:17), and defend (Jude 3) the Christian faith. They also articulate warmly and faithfully the distinctives of the Christian faith and thus they are a useful tool in discipling new believers (Matthew 28:19,20). We believe that while the three c's do not possess the same authority as the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 2:19-21), they are useful as faithful summaries of what the Bible teaches.
Why become a member of a church?
Church membership is an important component of Christian discipleship. Jesus said, "Whoever would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." (Matthew 16:24). The Bible teaches us that to follow Christ requires that we join ourselves to His church (Hebrews 10:22-25; Acts 2:47). Membership is the means whereby we formally commit ourselves to the local expression of Christ's church much like formal vows commit husbands and wives to each other. Church membership brings with it the fruits of joy, fellowship, service, pastoral oversight, and accountability in the local church. Church membership has been a great blessing to us. If you want to know the process for becoming a member at PURC, see any Elder, Rev. Grotenhuis, or contact us.