Pillars of CRC
Letting the Light of the Bible Shine on All of Life
Who We Are: Pillars of TCRC
- Biblical Preaching and Teaching
- God-Centered Worship
- Reformed Worldview
- Caring Fellowship
- Faithful Stewardship
- Intergenerational Focus
- Community Engagement And Social Justice
Biblical Preaching And Teaching
Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. —2 Timothy 4:2
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, inspired and authoritative, containing all things necessary for us to know for faith and life. Therefore, our preaching and teaching is focused on Scripture. Each of our sermons is based on a Scripture passage, which is explained, illustrated and made real and applicable for the congregation.
In keeping with our denominational tradition, we conduct a worship service in the morning of each Lord’s Day. We provide a Bible study Sunday evenings, which also allows for a sharing time of joys and concerns followed by prayer for those requests. Our other teaching ministries, which include Sunday School classes, are also based in Scripture.
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. —John 4:23-24
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. —Colossians 3:16
We believe that worship is the God-initiated engagement of God and worshipers that involves ascribing worth to God through praise and adoration. In worship we seek the presence of God through confession, prayer, singing, reading and proclaiming the Word, and sacraments. Worship strengthens us as a community and prepares us individually and communally for Christian living.
Our worship includes a blending of traditional and contemporary music with special music on a variety of instruments. However, worship engages the entire congregation, not just worship leaders or musicians. Youth take part in services including special music, dramas, children’s sermons, and, at times, planning the service. We include children in our worship in a variety of ways, including a children’s sermon and a Children and Worship program that teaches children the practice of worship.
Your kingdom come; your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. —Matthew 6:10
A Reformed worldview proclaims that Christ is Lord over all and calls us to use a Christian lens for looking at our personal and public world. As Christians we seek to understand the relevance of the gospel for every aspect of life. We are engaged in the world and work to build God’s kingdom in all we do: jobs, music, recreation, school, government, politics, marriage, parenting, nature, and popular culture. The Reformed worldview encourages Christians to seek God’s good in all of creation and to faithfully engage in culture and the world in order to sustain and renew God’s creation.
We prayerfully and patiently encourage each other to mature in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, to grow in our faith, and to equip ourselves to live out our faith in every part of life. We have a strong commitment to Christian education and life-long learning.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” —Hebrews 10:24-25
We serve God in gratitude for his saving grace and model his love to others. Each member contributes to the life of the congregation and also to the larger community. Members are encouraged to discover and use their spiritual gifts for the glory of God.
In our church community, we provide opportunities for genuine fellowship and support through small groups, Sunday school classes, fellowship time, social activities, and service projects. Those attending TCRC also take care of each other in the midst of joys and concerns through prayer, encouragement, and practical help such as meals, moving assistance, and babysitting.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. —I Peter 4:10
Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture?
Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet?
Is it not enough for you to drink clear water?
Must you also muddy the rest with your feet?
Everything we have belongs to our God. We are called to be faithful stewards of all the gifts He has given to us, including money, talents, time, and natural resources. Our command from God is also to serve and protect His creation (Gen 2:15). Therefore, our congregation is concerned about the care and keeping of God’s creation. We are invited to enjoy God’s creation but not at the expense of it. We continue to build on this focus through educational awareness, outreach activities, and responsible management of church resources. We encourage people to make thoughtful decisions in managing resources at home and work.
Young men and women alike, old and young together! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven. —Psalm 148:12-13
We embrace an intergenerational community in our church and value the wisdom, insights, and fun that emerge when believers of all ages share in worship, teaching, and fellowship. We are a caring family where we can share our joys and concerns and pray for one another. We have a wonderful mix of people from all generations, who bear each other’s burdens, increase each other’s joys, and enrich each other’s lives. Our intergenerational values shine through in worship services, periodic all-age Sunday school events, service projects, mission trips, fellowship times, shared meals, fireside services, and other social gatherings.
Community Engagement And Social Justice
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. —Matthew 28:19.
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ —Matthew 25:40
God commands us to put our faith in action by sharing the gospel with others and living it out in our daily lives. Our church and the larger CRC denomination emphasize Christ-centered political and social action. God calls us to love our neighbor and to take care of the least of us. This call to promote social justice is important to TCRC. We value learning more about how to help others through sermons, Sunday school classes, Bible studies, mission speakers, and other experiences at church. Several offerings a month also contribute to agencies advocating for those who need assistance. Individual members of TCRC are involved in diverse ministries in the community that advocate social justice: Birthright, Beyond Welfare, Meals on Wheels, free medical clinic, Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance, and MICA. As a denomination, the CRC is involved with global justice movements such as restorative justice, Fair Trade, Micah Challenge, HIV/AIDS, and poverty relief.