As a church, our purpose is to make the invisible Kingdom visible through faithful Christian living and witness bearing.
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).
Sutlej Reformed Church of Pakistan is an approved denominational member of the
World Reformed Fellowship
National Ecumenical Council Pakistan
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)
United Presbyterian Church Of Pakistan.
The 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.
Church Council Officials are:
Associate General Secretary
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 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).
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.
The Moderator is the chairman of the church council and responsible for calling and presiding over the regular meetings of the council.
The Right Reverend Arslan Ul-Haq is the current Moderator of the Sutlej Reformed Church of Pakistan.
Sutlej Reformed Church uses an annual report to update progress on the church's vision, show how donated funds are used and give insight into how each ministry area specifically uses the funds designated for its purpose. The desire of the staff and officers of the church is to use this tool to provide accountability to all those who support Sutlej Reformed Church' ministries.
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:
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.
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.
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.Th.) and 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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