With honor to our Lord, who alone builds His church, we would like to share with you the beginnings of our church plant. The Master’s Church of Bucks County started with just three families who were seeking to find a local church where God’s people could grow deeper in their faith through the expositional teaching of Scripture and with a definitive Statement of Faith that was biblically sound. (See What We Teach.) At the time, we were traveling a significant distance to a Church associated with Grace Advance in central New Jersey. While the teaching was excellent, because of the distance, it was difficult to develop deeper relationships and become more involved in ministry.
In 2017, we began to pray for the Lord’s will concerning the possibility of planting a local church in beautiful Bucks County, PA. Through a message preached by Dr. John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA, we learned about an initiative of this church called Grace Advance. They offer training and support in helping plant biblically sound churches with an emphasis on expository teaching, as well as recruiting pastors who have been trained at the Master’s Seminary.
As we prayed for the Lord's wisdom, we were in agreement to submit an application for their assistance in developing a church plant in Bucks County. After numerous telephone conversations, meetings and a visit by the Director of Grace Advance, our application was approved in June of this year. We are now officially, The Master’s Church - a simple statement of truth affirming that this is Christ’s church.
As Grace Advance has stated on their website, “There is an exploding interest on the part of true Christians committed to Scripture to develop churches that are biblically sound.” As we seek to do this, we are encouraged by the way the Lord provided for Israel in Jeremiah 3:15, "Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding"
As we continue to take steps of obedience, we have begun meeting regularly on Sunday mornings for Sunday School and Worship. We often have qualified men as guest speakers and when we do not, we are using technology to bring us in depth sermons from the pastors at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley California. A member of our core team spent two weeks in California this summer to attend the Grace Advance Academy, which provides intensive training on church planting. The wonderful team at Grace Advance has also provided us with elders for counsel and support as we wait for the Lord to reveal to us His provision of a Godly man to shepherd us in the days ahead. (1 Tim. 3:1-7)
While our beginnings are humble, we are encouraged by a Scripture given by a sweet sister in Christ. “For who has despised the day of small things?” Zechariah 4:10. Even Pastor John encouraged us, "You have to start somewhere!"
So, we are a small body of Christ followers who are looking to the Lord to continue to guide our steps. We are ever learning and while there have been a few days of discouragement, there have been so many more evidences of our faithful God's hand moving us forward and daily meeting our needs. One of his remarkable provisions was our meeting place, which we fondly call The Loft. This is another story!
We are wearing many hats, but are so joyful in our worship, prayer and in the loving community with which the Lord has surrounded us. He clearly has the reigns and we are thankful to be used of Him. "We have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves." 2 Cor 4:7
We welcome you to join us as He reveals to us His faithfulness and power to save and sanctify those that are His, and teaches us from the depth of His Word so that we might know Him and glorify Him.