Position papers

1. Please list any exceptions, if any, which the church holds to the Westminster Standards.

a. Chapter 7: Of God's Covenant with Man — Para . 2: (cf. Chp. 19, para. 1, 6). We believe that any covenant can't be kept without faith, so "covenant of works" is not the best definition of covenant of God with Adam. Good works are a result of faith.

b. Chapter 21: Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day — Para . 8: We believe that, the command also calls us to rest our bodies on the Sabbath. (Gen. 2:2-3; Ex. 16:30).

c. Chapter 25: Of the Church — Para . 6: We do not believe that Pope is the one, main antichrist, man of sin and son of damnation prophesied in the Bible. Though he can be among many antichrists who were and are among us (1 John 2:18).

d. Chapter 27: Of the Sacraments — Para . 4: We believe that except ordained ministers the Bible gives permission for the sacraments to be administered with the oversight of any elder, lawfully ordained.

e. Chapter 29: Of The Lord's Supper — Para . 7: We don't exactly know what "worthy receivers" means in intension of authors WCF. We believe that it may include all baptized covenant members who are able to physically eat and drink the elements, including very young children who are able to eat bread, hold and drink glass of wine. We believe that they have the right to partake with Jesus and the Church in The Table.

2. Please describe how the church agrees or disagrees with the so-called "five points" of Calvinism.

We confess doctrines of Grace formulated in so called "Five Points of Calvinism" and in Canons of Dort. We believe in these Five Points because they teach us WHO and HOW saves sinners. And the only One Savior is Our Triune God. We are saved by His sovereign grace. Every Person in Trinity is engaged in the work of Salvation. God The Father chose us in eternity, God The Son died for His sheep and God The Spirit effectually called these people to faith. Our only one "problem" with "five points" can be that we not necessary would use the same proof texts as a lot of Calvinists. But we believe in these because we see them in the Bible.

3. Please describe the church's views concerning creation and the flood.

We believe that the Bible should be the only one authority for Christians, not science. We don't interpret (as many Christians today) first 3 chapters of Genesis from the perspective of science (which is not neutral). We believe in historical meaning of the description of creation. We believe in historical meaning of the flood. Our Lord Jesus believed and taught about historical of both. Denying historical of these events has big consequences when we read New Testament.

4. Please describe the church's views of the Lord's Day and the Laws of God.

We believe that Law of God is still in force because they show us God as Holy and Righteous Lord of all creation. We believe that Law of God points to the Christ and in Him it found all ceremonial aspects. He is the last and excellent Lamb, He is the archpriest who gave Himself for the sins of His people. We believe that Moral and Civil obligations of God' s Law are still in force. Summary of God's Law we find in Decalogue.

Commandment concerning Lord's Day we have as 4th and we believe in:

- Actuality of all (including 4th) 10 commandments

- We should consider change that came with incarnation, death and resurrection of Jesus. As the Sabbath in OC pointed to the work of Creation and Freedom from Egyptian Slavery – Sabbath in NC points to the Work of New Creation (the Church), and freedom from the slavery of sin. It happened on Sunday when Christ resurrected. We meet on Sunday Service because we see that God requires this from us, not just because we have a day off and opportunity to meet.

Sunday is the Day of the Lord, meeting and fellowship of the Covenant people with Christ. After Service we encourage the people to spend this day together. We eat dinner, enjoy the wine, talk, walk and excite the rest in Christ.

5. Please describe the church's views of the sacraments, including the modes and recipients of same.

We believe in 2 sacraments: Baptism and Lord's Supper. Baptism is rite which replaced circumcision as a sign of initiation in Covenant. Lord's Supper replaced Passover as the sign of continuation in Covenant.

Both sacraments are more than only signs. They are God's gifts, blessings and benefits for His People, the Church. Baptism marks baptized person as the disciple of Christ, it unites us (in covenantal meaning) with Christ in His death (Rom 6:3, Gal 3:27). All baptized people (in the name of the Father, and Son and Holy Spirit) are members of New Covenant, baptized in One Body (1 Kor 12:13) and are under obligations of faith and life for the Lord Jesus. We don't believe that we should hold any special mode. We don't believe that only one "sanctified" form of baptism is for example immersion. We usually pour the water over head of the baptized person and we baptize in the name of Father and Son and Holy Spirit – which marks this person as participant of the Covenant, Body of Christ. Because God's promises are for us and our seed – we baptize infants. Christ showed the faith of little ones as the pattern for adults (not inversely).

Lord's Supper is feast of God with is people (Church). It is feats of joy because God assurances us in His promises and gives us bread and wine. During the eating of the bread and drinking wine we sit because Jesus is active during Lord's Supper. He serves us with good gifts. HE gives us sacraments.

Our children participate with us in Lord's Table because sacraments are not only for adults and mature Christians. It is not a reward for conscious and intelligent faith. It is food for all who need God's encouragement. It is fellowship of Christ's Body with Jesus. Baptized children are part of the Church and they have right and privilege (the same as adults) to participate in communion. All who are in Christ can participate in Lord's Table. Christ died for his body – the church - including our children. We practice padeocommunion and we practice communion each Sunday (weekly). It is not just adding to our Service but necessary and main meal during the week. Because we eat this with God and body of Christ. He gives us Himself in Sacraments.

6. Please describe the church's views as to the apostolic gifts, continuing revelations and tongues.

We believe that the end the work of salvation means the end of the work of inspired revelation. The last revelation of God is Christ (Hbr 1:1-2) After apostolic books which we have in canon of NT we have no need of any other inspired revelation. All God's Words which we should read and practice we have in 66 books of Old and New Testament.

Apostolic gifts which brought for early Church new revelations existed in the era when Church of Christ had no written Scripture. It was the way how God gave his Word to the Church - by prophets and apostles whose made the fundament of the church (Eph 2:19-21). We do not need to build fundament today. We, as living stones, have to build in spiritual building. We have no prophets today (in biblical sense) except these which we read in the Bible. We have no inspired revelation today outside the Bible.

Tongues were sign of Judgment for Israel, sign of judgement over them (Is 28:1-12, 33:19, 1 Cor 14:22) and expansion of the Kingdom to all races and nations. When they were translated they were prophecies, inspired Word from God. Their goal ended in the first century, when God judged his People in 70 AC. and all books of NC were ended.

7. Please describe the church's view of the covenant, especially as to husbands, wives and their children.

Covenant is like marriage. It is a real bondage with promises, responsibilities and curses. God works with his creation by covenant. Covenant is God's initiation and we respond to this by faith.

In OT we read that God made the Covenant with Israel, from the time of Christ's ascension and Pentecostal we have inauguration of NC. Covenant is something real and visible. We can count members of Covenant because of sign of initiation in NC which is baptism. All baptized persons in Christian Church are members of the New Covenant.

Bible teaches us that the bondage of husband and wife is also Covenant. We have ceremony of inauguration of this (wedding), blessings, promises, responsibilities and curses. Husband is the Covenant Head of his family. By this he represents Christ as the head of His family (The Church). So Husband is responsible for his wife and children. Of course the man could be faithful and lovely husband – then he and his family are under God's blessings. Or he can be unfaithful, covenant-breaking husband. Then he is under curse. If there was no divorce, husband is still husband. If there was no excommunication, the member of the Church is still a member of the Covenant. His obligation as husband makes his sin more terrible. He is under God's curse. The same situation is when we look at the members of the NC. They objectively are in covenantal relationship with God. They are Christians. But their hypocrisy, unfaithfulness, are reasons why they are under bigger judgment than people outside the Covenant (Hbr 6:4-6, Hbr 10:29).

8. Please describe the church's views concerning the role of women in the Church.

Godly women are gift for the Church. For God there is not difference between women and man in the issue of their position and status in the Covenant. But God also says that we differ. We have other liturgical and family roles. God called husband as the Head of the family to represent Christ. God called wife as a help for husband to represent the Church.

Men as liturgical and covenantal leaders should also lead in the Church as God's servants and heralds. Women can not be pastors and elders. These functions are reserved for men, not from the reason of their abilities (sometimes women could preach better than men) but because God called men as leaders in the worship. The reason why women shouldn't teach in the Church we see in 1Tm 2:12-14, 1 Kor 11:3; 14:34-35. Paul appeals to work of creation and fall (more than cultural reason). Women can serve in many other important areas. Especially they are appointed to upbringing and educating covenant children as strong and faithful soldiers of Christ. Women is the Bible prophecied, taught God's Word, but we have no woman as priest in OT and as elder in NT. These liturgical funcions were (and are) reserved for godly men. Not because of their higher abilities but from the reason of symbolic and meaning these functions.

9. Please describe the specific works this church intends to accomplish and the plans for accomplishing same.

We started with our ministry from 3rd of April 2005 when all the elders from Wroclaw officially and publicly (during Sunday Service) sent me to the mission work in Gdansk. One week later we started our services (10th of April 2005). Today we are the only one reformed church in North Poland.

We started as 2 families (Bartosiks and Ciunels) which included 1 child (Bartosik's daughter Zuzia). Now we have 8-9 adults and 5 children.

We started some ministries which we would like to develop and continue:

- We edit reformed pamphlets. I wrote some positions ("Law of God", "Church as New Israel", "Gift of Prophecy today?"). We would like to translate from English and edit also reformed pamphlets.

- We edit (electronic version) monthly student Christian magazine

- In 3 years we would like to establish a Classical Christian School for our children. I read and wrote articles concerning theory of Christian education. Very helpful was for example article of Pastor Steve Wilkins about "Christian perspective in history" from your website, publications of Canon Press and ACCS bulletins. We would like to cooperate with Association of Classical Christian Schools in USA and other protestant churches in Gdansk.

- Very often we make open lectures for unbelievers in Christian Bookstore in Gdansk. After these lectures we have discussions.

- Regularly we make sketchboard and distribute Christian tracts which we write and print.

- Christian Center of the information about sects and cults

- In planning we have to start Classical Christian School in our city. We treat very serious God's command concern raising and education covenant children.

Because of my additional job with disable people outside the church (to support the family and let my wife stay at home with our children – Zuzia is 4 years old and Jas is 2) I can't do the things as frequently as I used to and would like to without a harm to our family time. All above mentioned activities are time consuming but are very important for our newly established congregation if we want to reach new people and "feed" well those who have already decided to join us in worshiping God.

10. Please describe the church's view of evangelism.

Evangelism is preaching the Gospel to the people. The Gospel is a historical fact, that Jesus came to us, died for our sins, resurrected and now He is king over all creation. The Gospel is proclamation of Kingdom of God and Jesus as King of Kings. It is Good News! The Gospel is not what WE do, it is not our respond, it is what GOD did for us. Our response to the Gospel should be living faith.

We believe that all people are sinners in Adam and they need salvation. We also recognize that 95% Polish men are baptized in Roman Catholic Church We treat this baptism as valid and we begin our preaching with recognizing it. It means that: "God requires obedience from you because you are in Covenant with Him. You are in danger of being covenant breaker if you break covenant by unbelieving. The Bible says about bigger punishment for Covenant breakers than for mere atheists outside Covenant. You have to repent and convert to Jesus." Of course we believe in God's sovereignty in salvation, we believe in predestination but it is God's perspective and we don't inspect who is individually elected from eternity.

One of the best method of growing the church are godly families. God gave us the children as his seed and it is natural way of growing the church. We began evangelism from our family, friends and neighborhood. We treat our children as His children, small disciples of Christ. Healthy families are the beginning of growth of a healthy church.

Of course we go farther and we preach publicly the Gospel at the Old Town of our City (sketchboard, we print our tracts, we make public lectures in bookstore, we use our website, we joined international action "Samaritan Purse" and we gave gift for poor children etc,).

11. Please describe the church's system of spiritual and financial accountability.

We are accountable before God and the people. We regularly update our finances for the churches who oversee (Evangelical Reformed Church in Wroclaw who is member Polish Confederation Reformed Churches), and partially financially support us (Kings Highway Reformed Church in Brooklyn, NY, Christ Covenant Church, Copiage, NY). We write there about the tithes, offerings and expenses of the Church. We also join pictures. It is great encouragement to know that other Churches warfare with us in our efforts and support us with their prayers.

Above questions are from the website of Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church

http://www.auburnavenue.org/