We are a Reformed Baptist church located in Lumberton, NJ (about 20 miles East of Philadelphia). The church began with a small group in 1983 and we have since been blessed to move into our current building in 1992. In addition to Sunday School, we have 2 worship services on Sunday as well as a mid-week prayer meeting. When we gather, we seek to worship God as He is revealed in the Bible. Doctrinally, we hold to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. We seek to apply this Reformed doctrine in a practical way to our personal lives, our homes, our church, and the way we live in the world around us. If you're looking for a church home, we hope that you'll visit and worship with us. We hope this web site is a blessing to you!
The church began as a Friday night Bible study in the Cherry Hill area in 1983. God providentially led a number of families to discuss the formation of a Reformed Baptist church. The church continued in this capacity until there was a firm commitment to begin Lord’s Day worship services. The group structured their Friday night Bible studies as worship services and even took offerings to prepare for their future. In the beginning of 1984 the group, known as Covenant Baptist Fellowship, rented space from a Quaker Friends School in Moorestown, NJ and began Lord’s Day worship. The group sought help from Trinity Baptist Church of Montville, NJ, in 1984, and through a number of providences was brought into connection with our present pastor. It is a very old monument Pastor Reuther was an unofficial candidate for the eldership for a few months until the group formally requested him to remain on as their pastor. He began as full-time pastor on December 8, 1985. The church began with 27 charter members.
When Covenant Baptist was constituted, they adopted the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. The church is a Reformed and Baptist church whose desire it is to continue the work of reformation in doctrine and church life. The assembly is committed to the cultivation, promotion, and maintenance of biblical churchmanship. The following is a sketch of the "reformation vision" of the church.
First, it is reformation in doctrine and the application of truth. Although we have in our London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 an accurate distillation and beautiful presentation of the doctrines of the Bible, we are always striving to preach the whole purpose of God (Acts 20:27) and accurately handle the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15). The old teachings of Pelagianism, semi-Pelagianism, Arminianism, and many others, old and new, still plague us and in some cases threaten the doctrine of the church. The commitment to reformation keeps us on the path of the purest biblical teaching. Second, it is reformation in worship. Reformation today has shifted from the issues of the worship of the church of Rome to the worship of evangelicalism, the Charismatic movement, and fundamentalism. While we have respect for our true brothers and sisters in these circles, we desire to worship God in simplicity and reverence, incorporating only those things mandated by the New Testament: the pure and lively preaching of the word of God and all of its doctrines; devotion to prayer; singing the praises of God with God-honoring and Biblically-accurate hymns; the administration of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper; and worship through giving to the Lord of tithes and offerings for the support and building up of His kingdom.
Third, it is reformation in discipline. The local church must be an ordered assembly of faithful disciples. The church must exercise a biblical discipline and oversight of its members. Church members must honor their Lord by faithfully assuming their proper roles in the church. Men must lead in humble servant-leadership after the pattern of Christ, and women must be in submission to their husbands with a spirit of quietness and humility. Children must obey their parents and submit to them. Believers must adorn the doctrine of God and the gospel in every respect (Titus 2:10).
We live in exciting days! God is restoring the doctrines of grace in our day and building many biblical and reforming churches. If you have a part in that work, rejoice, and be faithful and devoted to this heritage of and vision for reformation in our church! Our church is blessed with a wide variety of racial and ethnic culture. At the beginning of the year 2000 we are at 75 adult members. We receive teens into the membership who evidence true conversion and the maturity needed to assume the responsibilities of adult membership in the body of Christ.
Each Sunday, we worship God through our morning worship service at 11:00 am and our evening worship service at 6:00 pm. We do ask that all those attending the worship service would arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of the service so as to prepare our hearts in quiet meditation. The worship services consist of prayer, the reading of scripture, congregational singing, and the preaching of the word of God. In addition, we have Sunday School classes for all ages. Click here, or on the sidebar, for more information on Sunday School.