DRBC celebrates sound doctrine and warm fellowship. After the 10:30 am Sunday service, many of us gather in the Fellowship Hall to get to know each other better, and you are welcome. Dress is comfortable and generally business casual.
We welcome families, with the expectation that parents supervise their children. A nursery is provided for moms caring for little ones, and a class is provided during the sermon time for children 4 and under who are not yet ready to sit quietly in the main meeting. All childcare leaders have passed background checks. Safety is a priority for us, and for that reason, we ask that you not bring backpacks into the building.
We are convinced that the gospel is indeed the power of God that leads to salvation (Romans 1:16), so our primary aim is to make the gospel clear, “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). Thus, our worship services include Bible-based music with a blend of songs old and new, and expository preaching of the Word of God, the Bible.
We gladly affirm the 5 solas of the Reformation: Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Solus Christus, and Soli Deo Gloria!
Here is an article to help you prepare for hearing the preaching of God’s Word:
What is the Right Way to Listen to a Sermon? — Pastor David Bernstein
Some content adapted from “How to Listen to a Sermon,” by Phil Ryken, (http://www.reformation21.org/articles/how-to-listen-to-a-sermon.php, accessed 17 October 2019).
Before you listen to a sermon, prepare your soul, alert your mind, open your Bible, open your heart, and commit to action.
Many churchgoers think that the sermon starts when the pastor opens his mouth on Sunday. Preparing to listen actually starts the week before when we pray for the teacher, asking God to bless the time he spends studying as he prepares to preach. In addition, our prayers create a sense of expectancy and urgency in us for the ministry of God’s Word.
We need special preparation the night before worship. By Saturday evening, our thoughts should turn towards Sunday worship. We should read through the upcoming Bible passage. We should get enough sleep. Sunday morning, before meeting, is a busy time, potentially full of distractions. Stay focused on maintaining a calm spirit for the upcoming worship time.
When we listen to a sermon, we need to fully engage our minds. Being attentive requires self-discipline. Our minds tend to wander. Listening to sermons is part of our worship. It is when we hear his voice. We should not insult his majesty by looking at the people around us, thinking about the coming week, critiquing the sermon or entertaining the many other thoughts that enter our minds. God is speaking. Let’s focus.
It helps to make notes to stay focused and fix the sermon points in our minds. We get fuller benefit from a sermon when we read over, pray through, and talk about our sermon notes with someone. *This especially happens in our small groups.
Let’s keep our Bibles open to make sure that what the teacher says is in keeping with Scripture. Let’s be like the Bereans whom Paul met on his second missionary journey, “that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). Paul commended them for their commitment to testing every doctrine by Scripture.
Let’s keep our hearts receptive to the influence of God’s Spirit. When we hear a biblical sermon, God speaks to us. The Holy Spirit uses his Word to calm our fear, comfort our sorrow, disturb our conscience, expose our sin, proclaim God’s grace, and reassure us in the faith. Listening to a sermon should never be a merely intellectual exercise. We need to receive biblical truth in our hearts, allowing what God says to influence what we love, what we desire, and what we praise.
We should desire to put what we learn into practice. Good preaching tells us what promises to believe, what sins to avoid, what divine attributes to praise, what virtues to cultivate, what goals to pursue, and what good works to perform. There is always something God wants us to do in response to the preaching of his Word. We are called to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22). In “doing” we show ourselves to be truly in the faith. Our lives should reflect the sermons that we have heard.