Welcome to the web page of The Shelter Reformed Presbyterian Church
The Shelter is a small but increasingly growing, vibrant congregation that meets in the heart of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In order to get to know us a little better consider the following three distinctives that make us who we are. We are…
Reformed in Doctrine
This means that we are identified with those historic churches that re-formed according to the Bible during the 16th & 17th century Protestant Reformations. Therefore, we confess that God is sovereign in every aspect of a person’s salvation. He saves sinners by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
Presbyterian in Government
This means that we are governed by a plurality of godly, male elders (presbyters) who are chosen by the congregation to teach, protect, govern, feed, love, and care for the congregation. We are a church under the oversight of the St. Lawrence Presbytery, and among the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. Therefore, we bear our Christian witness according to our denomination’s Testimony (included in our Constitution).
Evangelical in Practice
This means that we take the “Great Commission” seriously. The roots of Evangelicalism go back to the Protestant Reformation, during which time the Bible was brought to the masses. Formerly neglected biblical truths were rediscovered and taught. It wasn’t until the great revivals of the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe and America, though, that Evangelicalism truly began as a movement. As happened during the Reformation, the Evangelical movement had its focus on having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and brought a renewed vigor in accurately interpreting and applying God’s Word. This has carried through to this day, though the term has come to be misused and misapplied.
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” ~ Isaiah 6:3