What We’re All About
WHAT'S THIS PLACE ALL ABOUT?
Christianity is about Jesus Christ. Jesus told us to pray for His goal - “Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.”
That starts with God’s work - He gives us new hearts to love Him. We are people who desperately need His love and grace. He grows up His children. He unites us to Jesus. And He makes us bear fruit.
We’re a multigenerational church. We want to see your children rooted in their faith. We want to see your young people walking in the light of the Lord. We want to see you finish the race well.
Loving Jesus Christ. Everything starts with who He is and what He has done. He’s given us the greatest gift - himself. He’s saved us and loved us and given us His Holy Spirit. Do you desire to grow in that love?
HOW DO WE GROW?
Growing is tied to what Christians call discipleship - following, learning, and being changed. At Sharon this happens primarily in 3 ways - word, sacraments, and prayer. We grow more and more like Him when we are saturated with His word: reading, hearing, studying, meditating, memorizing, and even singing. We grow in our faith as we partake of the sacraments - the Lord’s Supper or Communion, and baptism. Lastly, we grow by praying. We pray as individually, as families, in our smaller groups, and every time we are together for worship. We pray for our needs, each other’s needs, our communities needs, and for needs around the world.
Life is about bringing God glory. Do you long to know Him and the power of His resurrection? Our desire is to see you, our community, and the world changed by the powerful working of His spirit.
You’ll notice a certain flavor about our church. It’s because there is a rich history we’re a part of called the Reformed Church. You can find out more about our denomination here: the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. If you’re a reader and want to dig in more to exactly what we believe you can click here and read: The Reformed Faith as summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
For almost 175 years we have been committed to proclaiming the glory of Jesus Christ in Morning Sun.
That’s a weird name.
I wonder what it means?
The name for Sharon is from places in the Bible like Isaiah 35:1-10. God promises His grace to His people. In the valley of Sharon the people will the Glory of the Lord and the excellency of our God.
Okay, hold on. This one will have to be split up into 3 parts. The R. The P. And then RP.
R IS FOR REFORMED
At the end of the dark ages (think end of the 1400s) the church in Europe had been corrupted. There was all sorts of teachings and practices that were not in line with what God taught. God began to stir up in peoples’ hearts a distaste for what the church had become. It was also at this time that ancient manuscripts of the Bible in started being studied again in their original languages (Hebrew & Greek). When scholars and priests began to read the Bible they realized something had gone wrong. People started wanting change. This started formally in 1517 when Martin Luther called a debate with scholars in Germany to hash out some of the issues. From here things bloomed as more and more started to read the Bible and desire a religion based on what God had said. This is where our theological roots are. There is WAY more to that story and the theology. You’ll love learning about it in Sunday School and being steeped in it as we study the Bible together.
P IS FOR PRESBYTERIAN
Presbyterian is a big scary word for some. That’s okay because it’s not English, per se. Presbyterian comes from a Greek word presbuteros. That word means is normally translated elder or overseer by most Bibles. When the Lord gave us instructions on how the church was to be organized he said it was to be ruled by elders (Titus 1:5). Presbyterian means that the church is governed by elders.
RP IS FOR REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN
Reformed Presbyterian is a link back to our history. In the 1500s and 1600s Presbyterianism was the official religion of Scotland. When the kings decided they didn’t like that they tried to stop the people from their worship and force them to do His will. They said no - He tried to kill them. When all of that had finally ended in 1688 Presbyterianism was reinstated in Scotland. However, those who persecuted the RP’s were allowed back into the church even as pastors and elders. Reformed Presbyterians maintained their church and beliefs. Eventually they immigrated to the United States where in 1774 the denomination was officially formed.
Pastor Bryan was born & raised in Southern California. He served in the Navy for 4 years. This is where the Lord graciously saved him. God prepared him for ministering to us by studying history at Geneva College and church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He then studied at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. While in college he married his wonderful wife Olivia. They have been blessed with 4 children: Nathan, Deborah, Daniel, and Ellie.