Welcome to the Sovereign Grace Church web site. Sovereign Grace Church is a church located in Des Moines, Iowa. We seek to glorify God by faithfully proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ, preaching God's Word, and administering Christ's sacraments of communion and baptism.
We acknowledge that salvation is a sovereign work of God and not man. We believe that man is saved from God's wrath by grace alone, through faith alone, on account of the work of Jesus Christ alone. We would characterize our doctrine as reformed as we subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith. We are also a member church of the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church denomination.
We believe the church is in need of a second reformation and we seek to recover the light of the gospel in an age of great darkness. Post Tenebras Lux (after the darkness, light).
The Doctrine of Justification:
Justification is the doctrine by which the church stands or falls. It is the core of the gospel. But many professing Christians would not be able to answer the question "what is justification?". Here is a good description of Justification.
The doctrine of justification means then that in God's sight the ungodly man, now "in Christ," has perfectly kept the moral law of God, which also means in turn that "in Christ," he has perfectly loved God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength and his neighbor as himself. It means that saving faith is directed to the doing and dying of Christ alone (
) and not to the good works or inner experience of the believer. It means that the Christian's righteousness before God is
at the right hand of God in Jesus Christ and
not on earth
within the believer. It means that the ground of our justification is the vicarious work of Christ
us, not the gracious work of the Spirit
us. It means that the faith-righteousness of justification is not personal but vicarious, not infused but imputed, not experiential but judicial, not psychological but legal, not our own but a righteousness alien to us and outside of us (
iustitia alienum et extra nos
), not earned but graciously given (
) through faith in Christ that is itself a gift of grace. - Dr. Robert Reymond,
A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith
(Nashville: Thomas Nelson 1998)
If your church is not preaching this understanding of justification, it has lost the gospel and is no longer Christian.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. - 2 Cor. 5:21