Intro to Grand River Reformation Church

“Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” —Romans 15:7

Welcome! Visiting a new church can bring great excitement as well as anxiety. We’ve all been there. Part of that excitement and anxiety is finding your place in the life of a new church. Let us help by introducing you to the only Reformed congregation in the Grand River Valley.

This site will help you understand our way of worship and beliefs, and is just one part of welcoming you to our growing body of believers. Our church literature rack is available to you as well, feel free to dive in and learn more about our Christian faith and practice. If you have other questions or desire prayer, please contact our pastor, elders, or deacons.

Our invitation to you is simple: Join us in the worship of the glorious and gracious Triune God, learn historic Christian doctrine with us, get to know us in genuine fellowship, and become a vital member of our fellowship. The Lord be with you.

Pure Worship

“To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.”

Lord’s Day. The Lord’s Day is “the day the Lord has made” for us to “rejoice and be glad.” (Rev. 1:10, Ps. 118:24) As we rejoice in creation (Ex. 20:11) and redemption (Deut. 5:15) we receive a foretaste of our heavenly rest (Heb. 4:1–10).

Liturgy. God calls us out of the world into his holy and heavenly presence to receive grace through the word and sacraments (baptism & Lord’s Supper). We respond in gratitude through song, prayer, offerings, and fellowship. Since he calls us to worship “with reverence and awe” (Heb. 12:29) our worship is done with an order of worship (liturgy) reflecting Scripture and our Christian heritage.

Preaching & Sacraments. Since the preached Word is central in worship, in our morning service we hear a verse-by-verse exposition and application of Scripture, and in the evening we hear teaching and application of Christian doctrine. We also celebrate the Lord’s Supper frequently and celebrate baptism as necessary.

Singing. In our praise of God the Psalms make up the principle part of our singing. We believe this fills our hearts with the word of Christ (Col 3:16) and balances our spirituality with praise and sorrow, celebration and confession. We also sing rich hymns which accurately reflect the theology of the Bible.

For more about our worship, we refer you to Daniel R. Hyde’s booklet entitled, What to Expect in Reformed Worship: A Visitor’s Guide (Wipf & Stock, 2007).

 

Accountability
& Church Government

One neglected area of Christianity in today’s churches is church government. As Christians, we not only belong to Christ and each other spiritually, but also tangibly to his visible church. (Eph. 4:4–6). To this church Christ has given pastors to preach, elders to oversee, and deacons to serve us. Beyond the local church, we belong to a larger group of churches since the Bible demands accountability: “In the multitude of counselors there is safety.” (Prov. 11:14) For this reason, we are affiliated with the United Reformed Churches in North America (urcna.org), which utilizes a Church Order that has stood the test of time since the Protestant Reformation.

These documents may be in the Our Beliefs section of the site. You may also pick up a free copy of the book, Our Faith: Ancient Christian Creeds & Reformed Confessions, at the church.

For an introducttory guide to our theology, we refer you to Daniel R. Hyde, Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims (Reformation Trust, 2010).

SERVICE TIMES (SUNDAY)

• 10 AM — Morning Worship

• 6:00 PM — Evening Worship 

 

Sound Beliefs

Theology (what we believe about God) is taught by God, teaches of God, and leads to God. Our theology finds its source in the books God has given to humanity: the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Old and New Testaments—the Holy Scriptures. These books teach us that there is only one God (Deut. 6:4) who exists eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14). This Triune God made an eternal plan (Eph. 1:3-11) in which the Father demonstrated his love for sinners by sending the Son of God to become a man so that sinful humanity might have eternal fellowship with God (John 3:16). The Scriptures testify of this plan of salvation, teaching us that sinners are saved from eternal wrath only by God’s grace alone (sola gratia), which we receive through faith alone (sola fide) that is placed in the perfect person of Jesus Christ alone (solo Christo). God’s plan for us does not end there as the Holy Spirit then takes up residence within us to make us more and more like Jesus (2 Cor. 3:17-18) until he brings us into glory in God’s eternal kingdom (Rom. 8:30).

As a Christian church, our theology finds its best expression in the faithful summaries of Scripture that the ancient Christian churches confessed—the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds. As a Protestant and Reformed church, we also whole-heartedly believe the expression of the biblical faith in the what are called the “Three Forms of Unity”—the Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, and Canons of Dort. Although we have not officially adopted them as our confessional documents, we also appreciate the expression of Christian and Reformed truth in the Westminster Confession, Westminster Shorter, and Westminster Larger Catechisms.

The ancient creeds and Three Forms of Unity are found in the Our Beliefs section of this site, and may also be read in our free book, Our Faith: Ancient Christian Creeds & Reformed Confessions. For an introductory guide to our theology, we refer you to Daniel R. Hyde, Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims (Reformation Trust, 2010).

 

Missions

We are a mission Church. As a church-plant, being mission-minded is our identity. We pray fervently for our personal and congregational witness to our community as well as for foreign missions.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” — Matt. 28:19-20, ESV

Some Key Facts

• We were planted by Rev. Brad Lenzner, under the oversight of Coram Deo Reformation Church.
• We enjoy expository preaching of the Bible, which we hold to be the inerrant and inspired Word of God.
• We are cared for by a Consistory of elders who meet the requirements of Tit. 1:5-9 and 1 Tim. 3:1-7
• We don’t offer gimmicks but we do offer the Gospel every week to sinners. We need it, too!
• We want to help you learn the Faith and practice it.
• We are a missions-oriented congregation.

Learn more about the content and style of our worship services here.

 

Our History

“We believe with the heart and confess with the mouth…”
- Belgic Confession, Article 1

Our History — As a body of Christians, Grand River Reformation Church exists to glorify God publicly and sincerely, while extending Jesus Christ’s Good News and love to the Grand River Valley and the world beyond. So how did we start? … More details will be forthcoming… but in the meantime, here are a few tidbits about our history. On July 1 ’12 the congregation of our overseeing church, Coram Deo Reformation Church, unanimously voted to call Rev. Brad Lenzner to be an Associate Pastor for church planting. Then, on September 16th ‘12 Rev. Brad Lenzner was formally installed and commissioned to plant Grand River Reformation Church in Rifle, Colorado. The church plant moved forward on September 30 ‘12 with morning and evening worship services in Rifle, Colorado.

 

Our Minister:

(Pastor) Rev. Brad Lenzner, M. Div (contact)

Rev. Brad Lenzner has a diverse spiritual and theological past—he was baptized as a child in the Methodist Church; during his younger years he grew up in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.; and while in high school he attended various non-denominational, charismatic churches. After high school, Brad went on to attend an Evangelical Bible college where he discovered the truth that sinners are saved entirely by God’s grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone, according to the Scriptures alone, all to the glory of God alone.

Pastor Brad has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A. 1999) from the University of Maryland in College Park and a Master of Divinity (M.Div. 2007) from Westminster Seminary California.

All of this prepared Pastor Brad to minister to the diverse religious culture of the Grand River Valley. In July of 2012, Rev. Lenzner was called by Coram Deo Reformation Church in Littleton, CO (www.coramdeourc.org) to plant Grand River Reformation Church on the Western Slope, which began holding worship services in September, 2012.

Some of Pastor Brad’s favorite authors, books, and periodicals are: John Calvin (Institutes of the Christian Religion, all of his sermons and Bible commentaries); Michael Horton (Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, A Better Way, and Pilgrim Theology); and Modern Reformation Magazine.

In his spare time, Pastor Brad enjoys fellowshipping with the saints of Grand River Reformation Church, meeting new people while sipping dark coffee and reading the news in local coffee shops, working out at the local CrossFit gym, and spending time with his family. Brad is happily married to his lovely wife, Samantha, and thoroughly enjoys being the father of their son, Elijah.