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Sutlej Reformed Church Of Pakistan

"And blessed be His glorious name forever!  And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen. (Psalms 72:19)

WE BELIEVE THAT:

  • The Bible is the Word of God inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error (II Timothy 3:16). Everything it teaches is to be believed, everything it commands is to be obeyed, and everything it promises is to be trusted (Romans 3:4).
  • God is a Triune God, three persons in one being: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
  • God is sovereign over all things in heaven and in earth. He created the world and all it contains in six, 24 hour days (Exodus 20:11) and continues to uphold and govern it according to His plan. No creature or event is outside His eternal plan. The ultimate purpose of His creation is the revelation and glory of Himself.
  • God is sovereign in salvation (Hebrews 12:2) Because God is perfectly holy and righteous, He punishes every sin. We, who are born spiritually dead and unable to do any good, are saved only by God’s grace (Ephesians 2:1-8) He has chosen a people from before the creation of the world to be saved by the work of His Son, Jesus Christ on the cross (Ephesians 1:4,5). He regenerates our sinful hearts through the work of the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-8) and gives us faith to believe that we are saved by Jesus Christ and not by our own good works (Ephesians 2:9) He also gives us grace to serve Him in our daily life.
  • God is a God of love and demonstrates it through the death of Christ on the cross (Romans 5:8) Jesus endured the eternal punishment His people deserved by dying on the cross. Jesus arose from the dead and now reigns in heaven (Romans 4:25)
  • Jesus is coming again to judge the living and those who have died (II Timothy 4:5) Those who believed on Him will live forever with Him in heaven and those who have not believed on Him will suffer God’s just and eternal wrath in hell (Revelation 20:11-15).

WORSHIP:

We are created to glorify the living God, to enjoy him, and to find our life in him. We gather together on Lord's Day, set our hearts upon God, listen to His Word, fed at His table and praise Him through singing Psalms and Hymns in our native languages (Psalter: Sialkot Convention Geet Ki Kitab سیالکوٹ کنونشن گیت کی کتاب).

Ecumenism:

Sutlej Reformed Church of Pakistan is an approved denominational member of the

World Reformed Fellowship

Pakistan Alliance of Churches.

We are in very good standing fraternal and ecclesiastical relationships with following  Churches around the world;

Assemblies of Soul Winners Church Ministries Pakistan

Australian Christian Churches

Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Pakistan
Presbyterian Church Of United States (Several Congregations)

Reformed Presbyterian Church Of North America

United Presbyterian Church Of Pakistan.

Mission Partnerships:

2016 - First Presbyterian Church Welsh LA.
2017 - Church of the Renegade Gospel

THE CHURCH COUNCIL:

Church council is the highest assembly of Sutlej Reformed Church of Pakistan. The Member congregations has been organized into Sessions, and all the representatives from all the Sessions collectively form the council.  The Church council was organized in 2015.

OUR PURPOSE:

As a church, our purpose is to make the invisible Kingdom visible through faithful Christian living and witness bearing. 

SUT-LEJ: (Sut-looj ستلج)

Sutlej is name of the river that flows in the region of Bahawalpur. The meaning of Sutlej is 'who exclude Seven Rivers'. It is the longest of the five major rivers that flow through the region of Punjab in northern India and Pakistan. In Punjabi, the river's name is written ਸਤਲੁਜ. In Sanskrit, it is शतद्रु or सुतुद्री/Suṭudri. In Urdu, it is written Urdu: ستلج, and Hindi: सतलुज. In the Mahabharata, the river is named the Satadree. It is also known as the Red River.

THE CHURCH LOGO:

The Logo of the Sutlej Reformed Church of Pakistan expresses through symbolism the basic convictions of the denomination. 

The BURNING BUSH(Exodus 3:2) on the left suggests indestructibility of God's word and presence of Lord God with His people in His grace and with His covenant.

The OPENED BOOK represents the HOLY BIBLE - the written Word of God, it describes that we are Bible-centered church.

The CROSS forms the central emphasis of the seal, and represents the Person and the sacrificial redemptive work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Living Word.

The CIRCLE (or nimbus) is emblematic of eternity, and was used in medieval symbolism to represent God the Father. Here the nimbus additionally signifies the eternal benefit of the redemption secured on the cross by the death of Jesus Christ. 

A FAMILY symbol describes that we are a not only a church but we are family, one body in one Spirit. 

The WATER symbolizes life, and life is only found in Jesus Christ who said, "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.(John 7:38)"

The SCROLL beneath bears the motto, "For The Glory Of God" (Psalms 72:19).

THE COLORS:

The colors are chosen for their meaning as well. 

BLUE traditionally expressive of fidelity.

GOLD suggests royalty and wealth - on the cross, it particularly suggests the royalty and the wealth of Jesus Christ.

RED is the color of sacrifice and the blood of Christ - precisely the costly sacrifice of Christ by which man's redemption is secured. 

WHITE suggests purity - the sinless purity of Him whom God "hath made to be sin for us who knew no sin" (2 Corinthians 5:21).

LITURGY:

Since the beginning, Christians have conducted dignified and God-centered worship on the Lord’s Day. Over the centuries, certain elements were found to be indispensable to properly worship God. These elements were codified in what became known as “liturgy.” 

Liturgy helps us focus on Christ and His glory. It places an abundance of Scripture before the worshiper, taking his mind off man. By having a liturgy, the Christian becomes a participant in the worship of God, hearing and responding to Him, instead of being a mere observer. It gets our focus off this world and gives us hope for the next. It ties the Old and New Testament texts together, showing the promises in the Old, and their fulfillment in the New. 

Liturgy comforts believers by

▪ Declaring that God’s Law has been satisfied by Christ’s life, crucifixion and resurrection,

▪ Proclaiming that Christ’s righteousness has been credited to the believer; and

▪ Reminding the believer weekly of God’s gracious pardon of sins, and the sinner’s adoption as God’s child.

Liturgy does not offer this comfort to everyone, but only for the believer. The unbeliever discovers that he is not right with God and that the Law still condemns him. This is used by the Holy Spirit to bring the sinner to repentance.

"REFORMED" FROM WHAT?

The word "REFORMED" comes from the historical time of the "Reformation", when people like Martin Luther and John Calvin sought to reform the church of their day to be more faithful to God's Word. During this period, there were five Latin phrases used to describe the movement that later gave birth to a reformed understanding of the Christian faith. These were:

Sola gratia: We are saved by GRACE alone. 

Our salvation is an unearned gift from God for Jesus' sake.

Sola fide: We are made right with God by FAITH alone. We are justified, or "made right" with God through faith, not by works.

Sola Scriptura: We find ultimate truth in SCRIPTURE alone. The Old & New Testaments of the Bible are the only inspired Word of God.

Solus Christus: Our hope is found in CHRIST alone. Jesus Christ is the only mediator, or "bridge", between God and mankind.   

Soli Deo gloria: Glory and praise for our salvation are given to GOD alone. We obey and serve God out of gratitude for all that He is and all He has done.

BYLAWS & CONSTITUTION:

The Constitution of the Sutlej Reformed Church of Pakistan consists of the following documents;

The Westminster's

Confession of Faith

Larger Catechism

Shorter Catechism

And the Form of Government.

CHURCHES:

The congregations of Sutlej Reformed Church Of Pakistan are located in Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Lahore and Kigali (Republic of Rwanda).

OUR DENOMINATION:

Sutlej Reformed Church of Pakistan is rooted in Biblical faith, a faith that has been handed down to us from the Apostles of Scripture and rediscovered afresh during the Protestant Reformation of the 1500's.

It was summer of of 2011 when Arslan Ul-Haq began knocking doors for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a village 53/DB Yazman of Bahawalpur district and held first worship service with 35 people approximately. The church grew rapidly in 2014 and our mission outreach extended throughout the areas of Cholistan desert, south and central Punjab province of Pakistan. 

From the early days of our beginning we have aimed to reach the lost and welcome those seeking fellowship with a church which loves Jesus Christ and the truth He has revealed in Scripture.

The story of our church is not primarily about the buildings, congregations and pastors, but about what God the Holy Spirit has been doing in and through the whole Sutlej Reformed Church Of Pakistan.

CHRISTIANITY IN BAHAWALPUR:

Bahawalpur (Punjabi, Urdu, بہاولپور) is a city used to be the capital of the Bahawalpur princely state, now the Bahawalpur district. it is the 13th most populous metropolitan area of Pakistan. The Christian Mission and evangelistic work in Cholistan (Including Bahawalpur district and others) started in 1940 by the missionaries Rev. Matthias, Rev. M. A Kessler and Rev. Khub Das of Methodist Church (The Methodist Church in Pakistan became an affiliated united church on All Saints Day 1970).

Bahawalpur district is also a hotbed of Deobandi extremism with more than 500 madrasas. Read more on Wikipedia.

SOUTH PUNJAB:

The Southern Punjab is almost the half of the Punjab province. Approximately population of Southern Punjab is 29.74 million. It has 11 districts. The total area of these districts is 99572 km which makes up 48.5% of the total area of Punjab Province

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF THE RT. REV. ARSLAN UL-HAQ:

Arslan Ul Haq is founding and lead Pastor of Sutlej Reformed Church of Pakistan. Born and raised in Bahawalpur City. 

His father was an associate minister in Methodist Church of Pakistan (United church), but his love to the Protestant Reformers, brought up him to embrace Reformed Theology. 

He holds degrees from the Northwestern Theological Seminary (Northwestern Christian University, New Port Richey, Florida USA) including the Bachelor of Theology (B.Thand Master of Theology (Th.M) in Biblical Studies.

Prior to Pastoral ministry, Arslan traveled extensively in full-time itinerant ministry which included speaking at churches, Seminars, Theological Workshops and conferences all over the Pakistan. Arslan is passionate about discipling people, developing leaders, teaching and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the local and global church. His unique and passionate style from the pulpit combines inspiration and challenge, laughter and tears as people are engaged at their core. His hope for Sutlej Reformed Church is to cultivate a community of disciples that is unleashed to live out the Gospel by Growing in a life of worship, Gathering in community and Giving their lives away on mission. He is an author and writer also.

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